What a difference hours & hours of hard work makes...

This is the first time I've compared the before and after pictures of the kitchen, and I've known it was a big change but I don't think I realized it was that big of a change. I had already taken off most of the hardware when I remembered to take before pictures, so here's what it looked like:

And this is what it looks like now:

Yea!! :) The kitchen won't be completely finished for awhile...I still have to put stuff on the walls and figure out what kind of curtains to put on the window (suggestions anyone?? I've never put curtains in a kitchen and I'm lost...I don't want to block out any light, and I want something with pattern). But regardless, I'm still really enjoying how much cleaner it feels, and just the fact that all the painting and hardware replacing is done.

So as far as painting goes, the kitchen is done and the living room is done (I finally got the 2nd coat on the walls last Friday)...2 rooms down, 4 1/2 to go! The dining room, both bedrooms, the hallway, and the half is for the 2nd coat of green in the bathroom. Hopefully more progress and pictures coming soon!


jeannieo said...

I'm picturing something like this (let me know if the link doesn't work)

These would be too long (could be shortened), but I like the colors and pattern with what you have and they would let in a lot of light.

jeannieo said...

these are good too!

and ikea's website says that they can be hemmed to length with an iron-on strip!

Norma said...

I'd have to go with this type of fabric because wasn't your house built in the 50's? I'd do something geometric. This website sells bark cloth fabric which was in at the time.

Or, be creative, and use the design on the tray you bought and hand dye some fabric!

I love what you've done. That's a pretty serious kitchen remodel.

betsy said...

Whoa - That is awesome! I love the way the color makes the doors pop.

Anonymous said...

okay, i'm not crafty or artsy, so i can't give you recommendations. i just wanted to tell you WOW!!! and ask if you'll come fix my house when i get one...seriously. it looks awesome!!!!!!!


tcarole said...

Great Job!

tcarole said...

Oh, and depending on what is outside your kitchen window, you may want to go with cafe curtains, which just cover the bottom half of the window to give you privacy from whatever's outside but that let the light in as well. They have that sort of '50s cottage look too, and look great on double-hung windows. Did I mention how much I love that you went with yellow and white? It looks like the original kitchen. Bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Libby.

I came across your blog when searching "1940's kitchen cabibnets." Love it, thanks.

I'm curious what you would recomend for our 1940's kitchen. We are in the process of a total kitchen redo. We have original 1940 wood cabinets that have been painted white I don't know how many times... What do you suppose would happen if I tried to strip them and then stain or paint them? I like the idea of 'reusing' them. It's sustainable not to mention the certain nostalgia it holds. I just am not sure if it will look as nice as yours, the fronts are solid wood, no inlay. I have glass hardware. Do you think it's possible to get a new 'wood' look from them?
Sarah, Washington State

Libby said...

Hi Sarah! How exciting to be redoing your kitchen, and I am all for reusing the old cabinets. My cabinets aren't even wood...they are the cheap pressed wood/laminate ones, and they turned out fine! So I'm sure yours will look even better since they are real wood.

I've never stripped wood before, but I don't see why it wouldn't work if you want to get down to the grain. Obviously, I couldn't do that b/c mine aren't wood to begin with. I've seen people use this goo (sorry I don't know the technical term) that they spread on wood w/lots of layers of paint and then it all scrapes right off. If you go to your local hardware store and ask, I'm sure they'd know what I'm referring too. From there you could stain and I'd imagine it would look like new wood.

If you're going to paint instead of stain, then I wouldn't go to all the trouble to strip everything...I would just sand it all down, prime, and paint. I hand sanded all my cabinets, but on hind sight I would have borrowed or rented an electric sander.

You should start a blog to track your progress! I'd love to see how it turns out :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Libby!

I will go to our local hardware store and ask them about the GOO.

Starting a blog is a good idea, I'll let you know. =)

Happy New Year!