You see, when we first moved in, this is what our kitchen looked like... It had
Despite all its flaws, you could tell it was a much loved kitchen, but so totally not my style. I'm also not a huge fan of these particular white cabinets and appliances, but we're working with those for now. The cabinets will probably stay for as long as we own the home, but I'm gunning for new stainless appliances when Uncle Sam cuts us a refund check in another month or so. Keep your fingers crossed for me that Mr. Man obliges.
Now, for the overhaul.... One of the first things I did was paint. I just love how quickly this can transform a room. For this kitchen, though, it wasn't super quick since I had to take down the wallpaper. Once that was down, though, I painted the back wall Behr's Elephant Skin. It's such a dark, smoky gray color, and since the rest of the downstairs is a lighter gray, it's not overwhelming. I also love how it contrasts against the white cabinets, and it should look amazing with the stainless appliances I'm getting soon (hint, hint Mr. Man).
The second thing we did was focus on lighting. There was only one major source of light in this room, and it was from the overhead fluorescent fixture you see in the photo above. This left the countertop area significantly lacking in the light department. So one night after the babe went to sleep, I got busy installing undercabinet lights. This project was super, super easy and cost efficient. Please, please give it a try if you need extra lighting in your kitchen. In fact, even if you don't need the light, do it because it looks cool. There's probably a tutorial post on installing these lights coming soon from me just because I want everyone to do it!!! In under two hours and for less than $30, we had improved our kitchen task lighting 1000%.
Once the undercabinet lights were installed, we tackled the fluorescent light fixture. I was a little nervous about this one because we had never taken down a giant box 'o light before, but it was as easy as taking down a couple of screws. In its place, I debated installing a DIY pendant fixture, a basic flushmount ceiling fixture, or track lighting. I was worried that a pendant or flushmount light wouldn't put out enough general purpose light, but I was also worried that track lighting was sooooo 1983. To combat my indecisiveness, I looked through tons of inspiration images online and finally talked myself into installing this track lighting fixture. It truly made the most sense for our space because it would span the length of the room, and boy am I glad I talked myself into it. The fixture we chose has a modern feel and it really does a great job providing general lighting.
The track lighting was a little harder to install than the undercabinet lights, but the directions that came with it were pretty easy to follow and we got it up and operable in about three hours. The trickest part of this installation was getting the layout of the track the way I wanted it, but Mr. Man was patient (haaa, yeah right!) and we finally got it installed with only some minor bleeding and bickering from me (aaahhh, why do I always hurt myself during these projects?!??!).
So, this is the kitchen with the paint and lighting updates! Like it? Love it? Hate it? Wish we had the fruity wallpaper back? Let me know what you think!!
That's enough on the kitchen for now....but I have a feeling I'll have another update for you shortly. Can you guess what we changed out next or what's still on my to-do list? In the meantime, if you have any kitchen redo ideas or before / after images, please share them. I would love to see what you've been up to or what's inspiring you.
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