Monday, January 28, 2013

The Kitchen Reveal {Apt. 2}

I bet most of you didn't even know we were working on the kitchen. I had you fooled with the bedroom to-do list. We are still working on the bedroom but are back to the planning stages. (more on that in another post) So, without making you wait any longer, I present our new kitchen!

I am always surprised at the impact of paint. It really can transform a room, changing the entire vibe. The wall color is Caribe by Behr. It's the same gallon of paint I have used in our two previous kitchens. We used it the first time on cabinets in our North Carolina duplex almost a year ago. We used it again as wall paint in our first apartment.

Here is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like before we painted.

The room was definitely drab and almost gross looking. The cabinets are old and broken in a lot of places. Of course the appliances are old, but they work pretty well. When we moved to this apartment I wasn't sure I wanted to paint the walls again. I liked the blue but I thought I had too much of it going on in other places. I do know that I will not use this color again in our next kitchen. But the longer we lived here the more and more I hated the kitchen. It had to change. As soon as I got a little bit of paint up I knew it was the right decision. The color might be a bit young and doesn't flow with the rest of the house. But I don't really care :)

We recently added the shelf to give us a little bit more space to store regularly used appliances. The shelf as well as the magnetic knife strips are from Ikea.

We added another magnetic strip that holds spices. There is also a spice rack. Next to the stove we have a bar that holds utensils and other cooking supplies. This has cleared up the little counter top space we have.


The lighting is still terrible in here, but there is really nothing we can do about it. We're not going to replace the flourescent lighting.

For now we have no new plans for the kitchen. It functions well enough and is finally easy on the eyes.

 Jordan and I had a long weekend together and we were able to tackle another project. Just waiting on the finishing touches. Stay tuned!

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  1. completely love it! Great job! I was thinking about the lighting....what about some sort of translucent appliques? Not sure what it would be...but it could even change the color or soften it.
    anyways great team work...Mr.& Mrs. Pike! xo

  2. Very pretty - clean and neat. The blue made all the difference. As Jacques would say "Appy Cookeen!"

    1. Thanks! I couldn't agree more, the blue really makes the space.

  3. Your space is so little but so organized! My apartment has a tiny kitchen, I hate it with a passion. Maybe a pop of color would make me like it better, loL!

    1. I bet a pop of color would make all the difference. Maybe even just an accent wall if you didn't want to do the entire thing. We try really hard to keep it organized. I think a small space forces you to do it :)

  4. I'm so glad you shared this on the Creative Spark hop. This is how I found you. I love the color of your kitchen. It makes it a really fun fresh place. I've been in my current house almost 3 years. The first thing we did was paint every single room. It made a huge difference in the entire feel of the house. This is the first time I've chosen bold colors and I'm so happy we did.

    1. Thanks! It's a great color. We've lived in this apartment for about 5 months now. We just recently painted the main bath and have plans to paint the master bedroom. All of the colors we've chosen have been bold and dark. I love it! I looked around your blog a bit and didn't find anything about your house! I would love to see the colors you chose! :)

  5. Hi! I found you on My Girlish Whims link party! I love the did an amazing job!

  6. I love the blue. Its such a bold color, yet gives the space a since of warmth and fun. terrific.

  7. I am feeling the blue lately. I love when people aren't afraid of color. Good job. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would check it out. Thanks.

    1. Just added my link! Hope you make it to 40 this week :)

  8. Great color! Your kitchen looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing, Faith!

  9. Looks really good! Love the color. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  10. Such a fun color!

  11. "Young and not flowing with the rest of the house" = awesome!! If you can't have your dream kitchen, at least you can have your dream color, right? :) Bravo.

  12. Great use of your space. Thanks for linking up :)

  13. I find your kitchen interesting. I think it's because of the colors. It's unusual for me to see blue being combined with wooden kitchen hardware. But, in your case it turned out great! The area looks fresh and well-lit too, so even if you chose a dark tone for the walls, the design still looks very clean.

    Gabrielle Jeromy @ Majestic Exteriors LLC


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