Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kitchen Befores and Afters

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited today to get to share with you a little of our new/old house. We've been working like everything trying to get this place set up. If you follow me, you know we lived here a month sleeping on an air mattress as our rooms were being painted. We hired a painter but we ended up painting three rooms ourselves. Well today I want to show you the kitchen!
So, fair warning, long post, lots of snaps...
Okie dokie! This was the kitchen and most of the before snaps are from the MLS listings. Rather dark, really dark .
Ta dah! The cabinets were painted a pretty white, the walls a soft buttery yellow (I'm sorry, I forgot the color and I'm too lazy to go down into the basement to find out) and the island is painted just a tad bit darker than the walls. I love it!
Oh, my Lord! Can you believe that blue? Well, I knew we were going to fix that!
The soft yellow just looks so much fresher and lovely, don't you think? You can see the color of the island better in this snap.
Now the realtor used a wide lens on these snaps and I tried to get the same angles, but I don't have a wide lens.
So fresh. That's the den through that door on the right. Don't have that room quite finished yet.
Now I loved this pretty bay window and the view but the dark wood was killing me.
So nice and bright white came to the rescue! Isn't it pretty? I'm excited y'all so just agree with me! :) I have a lovely view of the forest, well there are houses back there but we just love it.I know I'm going to have fun decorating my window sill!
Here is the oven area. I really do like double ovens and am thankful for them.
So much better again.
I knew where the previous owner's microwave was would become a great little place to decorate. You can see what I did above.
The sink area.
What do you think? Oh, just ignore the towel, although it's lovely, under the coffee maker. Mr. Precious makes his coffee, I don't drink coffee, and he's a bit messy so the towel came to the rescue! :)
I scrubbed and scrubbed this area. I've still got to try and get the grout clean on the backsplash. Anyone have any incredible ways to get the grout white again? Oh, we bought a new faucet too.
It's been a long time since I've had a white porcelain sink. It is so pretty although it stains up quickly. Bar Keepers Friend saves the day for me. Now I left my little fridge in our old Texas house and was so blessed that the previous owners left a very nice huge (to me) fridge. Now at first I didn't think I could live with the black appliances in a white kitchen but it's growing on me and it's okay now. But...I do miss my Bosch dishwasher! Waa!
Here's the island. I love it in yellow. At first I thought about painting it black and some of you said that would be too harsh. You were right! I thought about red, love me some red, but decided against that too. On down the road if I want to change it I's only paint, y'all. You can see there is tile on the floor at the cooking area and then the pretty wood floors throughout the rest of the house.
Here you can see the fridge. I love it that the freezer is on the bottom as I'm so short it makes it easier to snatch up things. The Lord is so good and has blessed us so much! We couldn't have a very nice or very large fridge in our old house because there was no room. We asked our buyers if they wanted it and they said yes so we left it. This black fridge is so much nicer than the one we had and I'm so grateful for it. The counter tops are Corian. I don't mind the white but the blue on the island shows every little anything. There are some scratches too and I've read where you can kinda sand it a bit to get rid of them. I haven't tried it yet. I would like a little bit of granite on the island, again, maybe someday.
The old knobs were brassy and had those fingernail thingys behind them so you would scratch the cabinet fronts and they reminded me of snakes. We took those snakey things off and I went to look for knobs. Couldn't find what I liked so I rethought the original knobs. They were very heavy and nice (just brassy) so I just sprayed them with Rustoleum in a brushed nickle and they turned out beautifully. I saved us a little bit of money doing this too! I'm talented like that, you know! :)
Speaking of snakes. I do not like those snakey pendants hanging down over the island. Don't those little metal thingys look like snakes to you? In time Mr. Precious says we'll change them.
Are you still with me? I hope so. Now just to show you I'm a bit of a hoarder, well, I keep things a long time. I made these little valances for my old kitchen about 15 or 16 years ago. I used to have a blue and yellow kitchen before blogging. I was opening up boxes and there they were and I thought...they'll work in the kitchen for a while. So I poked em up there. They don't look too bad do they?
Here's my pretty view of the forest when I'm doing dishes. There was no grass because of the trees but we've had some shady grass seed put down and it's growing like everything! Leaves are falling down like rain and the acorns! They wake us up sometimes at night! They are hitting hard!
I know this is not the kitchen but I wanted to show you the front door before and...
the front door now! I told you I had painted my front door red! I love it even though the door is a bit banged up!
Well, I hope you've enjoyed my kitchen tour! I haven't hung anything up on the walls yet but I keep telling step at a time.

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

A Beautiful Morning

It's a beautiful mornin', ahhh
I think I'll go outside a while
And jus' smile
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy
Ain't no sense in stayin' inside
If the weather's fine an' you got the time
It's your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day
Either way
It's a beautiful mornin', ahhh
Each bird keeps singin' his own song
So long
I've got to be on my way, now
Ain't no fun just hangin' around
I've got to cover ground, you couldn't keep me down
It just ain't no good if the sun shines
When you're still inside
Shouldn't hide, still inside, shouldn't hide
Ahhhh oh! (shouldn't hide) ah ah oh
(Do do waaa, do do waaa)
There will be children with robins and flowers
Sunshine caresses each new waking hour
Seems to me that the people keep seeing
More and more each day, gotta say, lead the way
It's okay, wednesday, thursday, it's okay
(Ahhh) monday, wednesday, friday, weekday, ah ah ohhh
(Do do waaa)
Ah ah oh oh (do do aaaa)
Wooooo oo oo oh oh oh ah wo do waa
Ohhhhhhh .oh oh oh
~ sung by the Rascals


  1. WOW Shelia! What a difference paint can make. It looks like a whole new kitchen. Love your island in the deeper shade of yellow and that valance in the bay window looks like it was custom made to go there. Looks wonderful. Can't wait to see the rest.

    PS Love that red door!


  2. The white cabinets look so much brighter. Love the wall colors and the yellow island. The white trim is so much prettier. Great job. We have a Bosch dishwasher, love it. :)

  3. Your kitchen looks wonderful! I love the white cabinets and I personally think the yellow valances look great in there! And lucky you to have double ovens! Very pretty kitchen!

  4. SHEILA!!!! Your kitchen looks so wonderful in white and yellow! What a huge difference. I love that you painted the wood trim white as well. I am looking forward to seeing all of your before and afters! Love the red door too.

  5. Shelia, I am so excited to finally get a little look inside your new home. Love the white cabinets! It makes the whole room so fresh and pretty. Love the yellow, white and blue. I swear I noticed the curtains and said to myself, look she made new curtains already! They just look great in there. So glad to see some of your Roosters made the trip also. Nice to have a window to look outside. Every thing looks great, but I must agree those hanging lamps are a bit modern? or something for my taste also. Thanks for sharing and more pictures of the rooms please as you get them done!

  6. The kitchen looks 100% better! You lightened it up and the paint color on the island was a perfect choice.

  7. You've accomplished so much already. I love your kitchen color choices - what a huge difference.

  8. I have been so out of the loop, I did not know you'd moved! I love the reno! The white paint was just perfect. The kitchen doesn't even look the same. Your bay window is so lovely--and that view of the woods.Such a delight to see your new home!

  9. Your new kitchen is so YOU! I love it. What a difference the paint made and those curtains - they were the first things my little eyes spied. Everything is so fresh and bright and wonderful. I'm thrilled for you!

  10. Your kitchen looks beautiful with the white cabinets and yellow island--so cheerful. Love your window sill--such a perfect place to decorate with all of your "pretties".


  11. I love the yellow and blue curtains. It goes with the blue on the island. Your kitchen is so pretty. I love your decorating style. You are so talented. Nelda

  12. What a beautiful transformation, Shelia! I can just see your sweet littles helping you bake cookies & other goddies in your new kitchen!


  13. You have made such a huge different Shelia!!! It looks very pretty, and all of your finishing touches really bring it to life. I hope that you enjoy lots of cooking in your new kitchen. xx

  14. Wow Shelia, your kitchen is beautiful! So bright and fresh, and I like your window treatments! I know you are so glad to be getting settled...such a lovely home!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  15. Your kitchen turned out great, Shelia! It really brightened up with the new paint job! The blue really wasn't doing anything for this room.

  16. Shelia, what a great kitchen and a fabulous makeover!! I am so jealous of your colonial house too--in a good way:-) Love the yellow, and even I would have painted the trim. Love what you did and I am sure you are loving it--especially this season with that view!

  17. The curtains are one of my favorite things. Great transformation. Love it all.

  18. Oh Shelia, what a happy transformation in your kitchen! It went from dark and dreary to light and bright. You're going to enjoy cooking in there and looking out from your kitchen window.

  19. Your kitchen makeover is magnificent, Shelia. White can do wonders, can't it? And, that butter yellow is the perfect complement to it. My own kitchen has the exact same colour combinations, and I would never change it. You know, a hit of black, here and there, actually grounds everything else, so you've got that covered, too! And finally, that newly refreshed red door is very welcoming; wish I lived nearby, would love to see your beautiful kitchen person, as everything looks so charming!

    Have a wonderful week!


  20. It's beautiful! I love the new yellow - so bright and cheery. Enjoy your new kitchen! :-)
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  21. Your kitchen looks like you ... fresh, perky and adorable! I love what you have done. Red doors bring good luck, yours is perfect! One question. Did you have a professional do the cabinets and if you did can you share what type of paint? Mine need re-doing. Have a lovely week, Picklepoo!

  22. Sheila, what a fabulous transformation! Oh.My.Goodness...NO comparison!! If I wasn't convinced before, I am totally convinced now to paint my wooden cabinets white! I would love to know what kind of paint you used too. Oh, and those little blue and yellow valances are just too cute! Can't wait to see your next befores & afters!

  23. yes indeedy do Miss Twinkle Toes// yes I saw those bare footies in the oven snap lol.

    It looks a gazillion times better~! Ya know I cant stand dark cabinets so this change is Magnificent to me.
    Now is looks like a Sweetie kitchen and whats not to love about that..
    big hugs and happy smiles

  24. Preciosa decoración, una luz increible da el color amarillo, y es uno de mis favoritos. Felicidades Sheila, tienes un toque personal excelente. Saludos

    1. Hi Shirley! Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

  25. oh how adorable your home is coming! So you and your husband a little at a time. I love all your choices Grace xoox

  26. LOVE the transformation! You guys did an awesome job! Love the curtians too! Can't go wrong with the colors you have. Maybe some grapevine/faux vines on the "snake" lights would help!LOL!

  27. It all looks so pretty and fresh now, just like Miss Note Songs lives here! I too used that very same fabric once, only in my little office two houses ago. Then I reworked it in my kitchen for a while in my last house. I think all that dark wood is a regional difference. We Southerners tend to prefer white woodwork and cabinets. Great views out the back window! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the house.

  28. Great kitchen update! Love white. As for the grout, I use Tilex and a brush. If that does not work, have you seen the paint for grout? On Sutton Place re-did her grout in the kitchen with it.

  29. Shelia, it's beautiful. Much brighter and more cheery. I like the yellow island -- good choice -- and the light fixtures are fabulous! Very nice. (Good save on the valances!)

  30. Wow, what a re-do!!! Its fabulous, and reflects who you are.....yes, you are so talented like that.....and have such good taste!!! And I was thinking to myself, 'she even had time to make new curtains', I was so impressed!!! Even so, they are perfect for the new kitchen. If you're anything like me, I like to change things around for the seasons, and valences are so easy to make.

    The new colors are bright and beautiful, perfect choice. Yes, those cabinets were very dark and I didn't like how they were so grainy it was too busy. I admire you guys for all your energy!!! Don't worry, your love for red will find a way.....

    Yes, up north here, dark woods are the most common because our winters are so long and so white, we need a little color!!! Can't wait to see the rest of your new home..........xoxoxo

  31. Shelia,
    Your kitchen transformation difference is like night into day!!!
    Black, white and yellow totally classic and chic, dear friend!!!
    Love all the changes you've made!!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!
    P.S. Have you tried "Soft Scrub with Clorox" on your grout behind the sink?
    We used it here when we first moved in and it worked wonders!!!

  32. Love, love, love your "new" kitchen. It is so pretty and just makes me think of YOU! Those curtains are just perfect I love red doors.

  33. Now the after looks like Shelia's nicely done. I do like the snakey lights, I know you will find some that suit you better. Love the curtains.

  34. Your kitchen looks so fresh and pretty. I LOVE a light colored kitchen. We had dark cabinets for years and now I love them white. Great color on your front door, too!

  35. Oh my, what a transformation Sheila!!! Totally love it and totally so YOU! I agree those snake pendants have to go, it doesn't jive with you at all. Love the sunny yellow you chose its just a whole new space! Great job!

  36. Wow, your kitchen looks so pretty and fresh with the different paint. You did a great job in colours and decor!

  37. Hi Shelia
    What a great job you have done at your new home. I love your choice of colours and its looking so cozy. Can't wait to see more. Don't work tooo hard though!

  38. OMGoodness! I just knew you would have your new place looking so pretty and cozy and inviting. And you did. Beautiful job girl. . love the color of the kitchen. That creamy color is perfect and the white cabinets are perfect. I love the cute valances. Yes, you are one talented gal. I am so excited for you and the Mr. And I can't wait to see the rest of the home as you work your creative magic. Take care of yourself, and don't over do. Hugs to my friend. Karie

  39. Hi Sheila, Before and After never looked so good as your newly painted kitchen. What a gorgeous look and transformation. I love the new cabinet color and all the wonderful details that only you can create. Your talents are making your new home the perfect cozy cottage. I am so happy for you and your hubby. God has blessed you greatly!!
    Thanks for sharing my friend. Have a beautiful week.

  40. Love it, Shelia! You've done a great job in here. Looks great!

  41. I love it, Shelia, so bright and cheery now. You definitely Shelianized it and it looks fantastic. I love your baby window....Christine

  42. Sheila, It doesn't even look like the same kitchen! You have done a beautiful job.

  43. It's amazing what a can or two of paint can do! Your kitchen looks beautiful dressed in her new lighter and brighter palette! Love the cabinets and the wall color you chose makes it "happy!" Look forward to seeing more!

  44. What a transformation Shelia! Your kitchen is so bright and fresh. I love the combination of yellow and blue.

  45. It's wonderful Shelia! So sunny and cute and just looks like you!! I love the yellow and the white cabinets make all the difference. That was a lot of work, but the results are worth every bit of the effort. Love your red front door. I have one too. Now we match ;-)

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  46. What lovely changes you've made, Shelia! The after pics show a kitchen that definitely looks like more of your style. I'm so glad you said what you did about those pendant lights, because I was thinking the same thing -- snakes! It looks like you are having a great time fixing up your new home. I'm so happy for you and your hubby.

  47. Looks so nice !!! Enjoy, Janie

  48. Shelia, your new kitchen looks soooo beautiful! What a difference! Love the wall color and that bay window! Gorgeous! Enjoy your new kitchen!

  49. Looking good, Shelia. I sure am glad you painted over that blue!

  50. I can hardly believe what a HUGE transformation that paint made. The kitchen and dining area are so beautiful. Love your color choices!

  51. OH its so much prettier now love all the lighter paint colors and love that red front door, I have been thinking about painting my front door red

  52. Shelia, I haven't visited in so long. You have done a fabulous job lightening up the kitchen, it looks wonderful. I am loving the red front door too. My HOA won't allow anything but white, beige, forest green and black. Pretty boring.

  53. Shelia,
    It has been a long hot Summer in Texas and still is hot-boo:( . I just wanted to say your have done a beautiful job with your home! I love white and you have transformed your kitchen into a real welcoming beauty!

  54. You've turned your kitchen into such a bright, happy, and welcoming space Shelia! I think my favorite part is that wonderful big window overlooking your tree lined property! I'm so happy you were able to move closer to your precious grandchildren. Oh, the fun you are going to have!



  56. OMGoodness, what a fabulous transformation you 2 have done! The kitchen looks SOOOO much better! I love the white cabinets and the color on the walls (and trim). About the Corian, they make a little sanding thingy especially for Corian. Lowes or HD might have it or be able to order one. I had Corian in our master bath at the old house and the sanding thing worked perfectly!!! I also had a white porcelain sink in the kitchen (for 29 years) and I just used good old Comet. I am loving your new home, Sheila!!!!!

  57. Your house is coming along beautifully, thanks to both of you. You did an amazing job, the kitchen looks great, fresh, lighted and inviting! How exciting your new home is gorgeous dear friend.

  58. You've been busy bees Shelia!! Your kitchen looks fabulous with the white much lighter and brighter!! Love how you painted the island yellow too!

  59. The cabinets look brand new now! And I love the red door. You have worked very hard and will really enjoy the changes when it gets cold and you are inside more! Sweet hugs, Diane

  60. What a terrific transformation of your kitchen. I love everything you did - it beautiful and I like it so much better in white than that dark wood.
    Enjoy your lovely new home and I can hardly wait to see your the rest of your new home.
    Have a wonderful weekend dear friend.

  61. I sure can tell you've been hard at work in your new home! Love everything you've done!! Love the yellow!

  62. Shelia, your kitchen is wonderful and so much more like you now!! I hope you are having fun and loving your new little spot in the world. Doesn't it feel weird to say....down in the basement? I know it must. :)

  63. Very nice transformation, Sheila. I like the shade of yellow you chose for the walls and the darker shade for the island, and I really like the valances. The yellow and blue combination is a favorite of mine. Your kitchen is very pretty. ~ Nancy

  64. Oh Shelia, I just LOVE what you've done here!!! Your walls remind me of the color we painted our kitchen walls two years ago -- still love them so much, too. :-D I also love the color you painted your island and the other cabinets. I think the window treatments are charming!! They would look good in my kitchen since it's blue and yellow -- just sayin'. :)

    Shelia, you have brightened this kitchen up SO MUCH and probably added to the value of your home already. What a great job you did with all the painting, and I also like the new cabinet hardware. I really enjoy looking at kitchen renovations, and I've thoroughly enjoyed your post. I know you must love being so near your children and grands now. :)

    I'm hosting a Pfaltzgraff giveaway on my blog right now (if you think you might like some new dishes for your new kitchen). If you're interested, just leave a comment on my blog post, and that's all there is to it. Visiting from Amaze Me Monday -- have a wonderful week!

    Big Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  65. WOW! Lady, you have been busy busy busy!!!!

    I love every single change - keep up the good work.

    Your valances look perfect, how awesome is it you've kept them all these years? YAY!

    I cannot believe the difference your cabs and windows look in white. Sheesh, awesome! YAY!!

  66. Shelia- It looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love it-love how bright and fresh it feels and the color is sunny and perfect. It looks happy- like I think YOU look!

    As far as the can try scrubbing it with a mixture of Barkeeper's friend and peroxide. That should lift most of the discoloration. Then if it still looks "dirty" wash it with TSP and PAINT it white (or whatever color you want your grout to be). Just slap it on as best you can and wipe it off the tiles before it dries. The grout will absorb the paint quickly and won't wipe off like it does of the tiles. After it is dry take a small brush and seal it really good. I have done this several times in houses over the years

    Now I want to come and sit and make some of The Mister's coffee and sit and chat and enjoy your pretty kitchen with you. I love it. xo Diana

    ps....that blue was AWFUL!!!!

  67. Shelia! It's beautiful!! You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can see your feature. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  68. Your kitchen looks great!! About the grout, Goo Gone makes a grout cleaner. Someone told me about it and it works great!! Just spray it on, let it sit a few minutes and scrub it off with a brush. Very easy to use.

  69. The white makes your kitchen!

  70. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the white painted cabinets. We have also bought a "new to us" house and it has a golden oak kitchen that will be white one day in the sweet by and by... don't have any idea when that will be. But seeing yours has given me hope.Hugs, Cindy

  71. Hi Sheila
    Your new kitchen looks great ~ love the white and bright and yellow is one of my favorite sun shiny colors.
    Now, you have so many comments here, I didn't read them all, so someone may have already told you this, but I had white 4x4 tiles on a floor once and bought something that I think was paint for grout. It was applied with something like a shoe polish applicator. I think I got it at Lowes. It worked great.
    Have fun with your new house and those babies.


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