This post originated just after I moved into the 90 year old farmhouse I rented between husbands. It was a great house, but hadn't been infused with any love in a long time when I moved in. I like to think I left it better than it was when I got there! This was the first renovation I did after being encouraged by the landlord to "choose whatever colors you like". I'm not sure they meant for the cabinets, but I sure didn't ask for clarification, either. I started on a Wednesday night and by Thursday, it was done!
It was really like a competition of which is uglier: the cabinets, the hardware, the counters, or the back splash And really here can there be any winners? But look! There was also paneling!
And a whole wall of that tile!
It was really a tough decision as to what to try to work with and what HAD to go. The floor is decent, and works well enough with the back splash so I decided to pull the colors from that. Luckily I had some coordinating art, and found some curtains (yes, I bought curtains instead of making them, but I will be making other things to match!). So I decided to start with what was cheap and what theoretically I had time for and paint the walls, cabinets, and salvage the hardware. By Thursday afternoon, here's how it looked:
Everything got primed and then the paneling painted a color called "Ground Cover" and the cabinets "Spanish Moss". For the hardware, I pried off the really dated medieval looking backer plates, scrubbed them down, and spray painted them a satin-finish oil rubbed bronze.
I spent just under $100 on this when you include the curtains. Here's how it breaks down:
3 gallons of paint (trim, wall color, and cabinetry $13.98 each
1 gallon interior Latex primer $9.88
1 can spray paint $2.96
1 fan chain $2
TSP substitute $4
Asst. supplies (brushes, rollers, tape) $10
2 window valances $14 each
So, given that investment, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out!
Eventually I replaced the table, tweaked the decorative items sitting around, and added art. The big drawbacks to this kitchen were the lack of a dishwasher, and the century old construction and messy plumbing. Also the mice. But it taught me to appreciate the virtues of new construction and the quirky charm of the old. I have great memories of this house, and I hope whoever live there now is as happy as I was.