Mar 12, 2018

{Kitchen Makeover Is Moving Along}

Before we go to the kitchen I wanted to show you my newest addition to my laundry room. 



We have a cute place in our town called "Deerly Blessed" and I just love to browse in there. I spotted this cute washboard and knew it would be perfect for my laundry room. 


Okay, so I told you last week that I had made a little mistake on my cabinets that caused me to LIKE them right? As I shared, our cabinets are 25 years old and we had the cabinets custom built, solid oak. I thought about re-staining and I thought about painting them. Decided to give them a good old fashion elbow scrubbing! OH MY! That turned in to more of a job that I thought. Marty had brought something home for me to clean them with and I used it. It seemed to dull them up worse than they already were. Granny used to use Murphy's oil and Old English polish in which now they make different kinds for every type of wood possible. So, I bought some Murphy's oil that is also good for wood floors and I cleaned those cabinets good. TWO round of cleaning! 

The walls had been washed and we had covered the holes in the walls with the Spackle and the painters tape was up at this point. As you can see this is what the cabinets looked like before I cleaned them. Not a very good picture but it gives you an idea of how dull they were. My cabinets are in good shape but oh so dull.


 I had bought Old English polish. Well, they make it for light and dark wood. I thought I bought the one for light wood. Needless to say I bought the one for dark wood. I decided I would try it in a small spot that no one would see if it looked bad. I LOVED IT! The cabinet on the left was the original color. The one on the right is the color I achieved by purchasing the wrong English Polish. After two coats of that and then a good buffing I loved how they turned out! All the deep wood colors popped. After two days of cleaning, waxing, buffing, polishing and buffing again I was happy. My BACK wasn't though!


 I chose to go with a Light French Gray for my kitchen. LOVE the color. I love the Sherwin Williams paint. The awesome thing was that this paint goes on thick and the guy said usually one coat will do it unless your walls are really dark to begin with or just flat out bad places in the wall. The paint went on beautifully and one coat was all that we had to paint!   HALLELUJAH! 




Old paint color on left and new paint color on right. I can't believe how much lighter my kitchen already looks.  


YEP, organization of pantry will be on my list soon! All trim work has been painted. We chose designer white for the trim in whichI had some left over from a previous painting project. And wouldn't you know that I had just enough to finish several projects we worked on.


Base board and pantry door has been purchased. Next will be to install the baseboard and pantry door and then the next thing on my list will be hardware. And then lighting, curtains, recovering my bench, and good grief, my list is long.
I'm going to hush before I overwhelm myself! 

One day at a time Sweet Jesus


 You gotta have a little fun though and it didn't take me long to say "YES, I would love to go shopping and out to eat with you girls". LOL! I had a lovely day with these gals as we enjoyed a nice lunch at Mellow Mushroom and we shopped at some antique shops. I REFRAINED from buying any more dishes! I will admit that I carried those darling snack plates around for 30 minutes and finally put them back! I did come home with a beautiful tray that I plan on doing a little makeover on.


We ended our day with a little ice cream. That actually made me feel better about not purchasing those snack plates!


Finished up after Sunday dinner with a little fishing in the back yard, pop sickles and some good fellowship with the family. 

Glad you gals are coming along with me for my makeover. 

GOD IS GOOD and He is GOOD all the time.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

53 comments:

  1. Your decorative washboard is charming, Cindy. Your cupboards also look great! Sometimes mistakes produce the best outcomes. When my parents renovated their kitchen a couple of years ago, they also painted the walls gray--it's such a nice, neutral colour.

    Good for you for leaving the dishes behind! I'm on a tea buying hiatus and last weekend, I was thisclose to purchasing a new tea, but I managed to resist and bought chocolates instead...like how you bought a yummy hot fudge sundae in lieu of the dishes. Heh.

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    1. I was going with white at first Margie but I fell in love with that light gray. I bought a sample first to make sure I liked it. Chocolates sounds good girl!

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  2. I wish you'd done this makeover last spring and then I would have known about the French gray paint! We did the kitchen last spring. This spring we are painting the mudroom and pantry. I have to tell you though that I am going to give your Granny's cleaning tip on my cabinets soon. That is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, not only your makeover with us, but also your shopping trip with the girls and family time on Sunday! xx

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    1. Dianna, I love the grays. I have a darker gray in my laundry room but love the light gray. Yes, we us girls had a good day together. It's always fun to get off with the girls.

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  3. Girl, you have been working hard too! Painting is not my cup of tea. Love that color you chose. We used a light gray in our guest bath and love it. So many colors compliment the grays. The transformation on the cabinets looks amazing. If I would just clean my cabinets it would be a transformation. LOL! Girl, I knew you would come home with something from the antique shop. Did you go to the one I like?
    Connie Royals

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    1. Connie, I don't like painting either! Yeah girl, a good old elbow scrubbing does wonders! LOL! We didn't make it to my favorite place on Park Street due o time. But there's some neat little shops all through there and the Avondale area.

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  4. I love the color! Great choice. And on the cabinets you also made a great choice. Mom has solid oak cabinets my brother made....YEARS ago. I keep them cleaned and oiled down for her. Thank goodness she don't have that many. My cabinets, builder grade, installed in the early 80s. I painted them, ivory color but my plans are to redo. I will be repainting, dark brown on bottom and a wheat color on the top! But....first I have to finish painting and laying floors upstairs. You wear me out with all you do. haha....keep on keeping on and have fun with it!

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    1. LOL Pam! Sometimes I wear myself out just thinking. I am never bored I can assure you. Like I told someone recently, no, my solid oak cabinets might not be the UP-TO-DATE fancy ones but it's hard this day and time to even buy new cabinets that will hold up like good old solid oak. Thanks Pam for coming by today.

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  5. It's so nice that your family gets together on Sundays for dinner. I love what you've done to the kitchen so far. That paint color is the perfect grey! The cabinets look brand new. I use Old English around the house and love it. Looks like a fun shopping, lunch and dessert day with the girls. The washboard looks great in your laundry room!

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    1. Thanks Heather. Us girls did have a good time. I like the color too. So much lighter. Can't wait to get new lighting as that will lighten up that room a lot too. Oh we love our Sunday family dinners. It's just the norm for us and always has been. As my friend Kitty reminded me recently....my kitchen is the heart of my home.

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  6. WoW, your cabinets look new!! Everything is looking great, love you choice of color with the paint.

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    1. So far I’ve been pleased Miss Mary . It’s just a lot of work and hard work to makeover anything . But my prayer is that when we are through with the kitchen we can say we are pleased .❤️

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  7. I just loved the Blessed washboard, Cindy! I have a spot in my laundry room where it would look cute. Yes, we love coming along with you on your kitchen makeover. Your cabinets look bright and cheery, and the light gray looks so pretty and calm. I'm glad you got to go shopping with your girls, restrained yourself (it's hard!), but rewarded yourself with a yummy treat! God is good!!

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    1. Kitty do you know how hard it was for me to refrain from purchasing rhode snack plates ? I’ve alrwafy been thinking bout going back to get them . Lol ! Yes I’m pleased with my color choices . So far so good ❤️

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  8. I love your color scheme and also love how your cabinets turned out with good old elbow grease and Old English. that's great stuff! Love your washboard...and I know how hard it is to not buy those cute cut glass snack trays, etc. I've come close several times, but still haven't bitten on them...but I have on too many other things...Love the tray, and I know you will find some good uses for that. Love the Hot fudge sundae and being with your kids...that is the best part of all!! Enjoy and be blessed!!

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    1. Girl it took all i had to not buy those snack plates 😂 and if i didn’t already have TONS of them i probably would have Lol . Yes elbow grease usually works on anything . Us girls did have a great time and yes you are right . That’s most importantly .

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  9. I love the way the kitchen is coming along. What a great mistake you made on your cabinets. I have used the dark Old English for years and years - it's what my dear mother used on our piano that now sits in my living room. The wall color is perfect and I can't wait to see what you still plan to do. You fished in your backyard? Really? Oh, my - my sweetheart would think he was in Heaven if he could do that.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Dear friend , i live out in country and we have s fishing pond only because God blessed us . I love old English . It sure shines things up and brings out true colors .

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  10. Maybe all my cabinets need is a good cleaning... Who woulda thunk it? 😁 Love the gray! Can't wait to see the finished product! 💜

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    1. Deb I’m looking now at my bathroom cabinets and marty told me to go sit in chair and not to look at nothing til kitchen was done 😊😊😊

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  11. Well, cindy, your cabinets look fantastic, it just brought them alive! And, I love the new color. You are just going to love the finished product! And, topping it all off with family fun! Doesn't get any better.

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    1. Thanks lea . I’m hoping that we live the finished product . I’m looking forward to finishing but have no clue when they will be . 😊

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  12. Cindy, you have made a lot of progress. I love the way your cabinets turned out after all your hard work! The wallcolor looks great. I think you needed a day for shopping and ice cream!

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    1. Thanks Pam . A break was appreciated for sure .

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  13. Your cabinets look fantastic!

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  14. Ooo, Cindy! I’m loving the changes you’ve made in your kitchen so far! Can’t wait to see more progress but do pace yourself, and your dear hubby. Enjoy this process with him! Glad you had a little ‘girl time,’ too. Isn’t it fun to shop in those resale shops? Even if I don’t get anything. It’s a fun way to spend time with family or friends. Have a great week, dear friend!!

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    1. Thanks lady. So far I too am loving the changes. I don't know what I am more excited about next, the lighting or hardware! LOL! Yes, a little girl time with shopping always helps.

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  15. Oh, I am really loving the new look! And, you look just adorable out getting your ice cream! So thankful all is well with you and your dear family, sweet friend. God bless you all!

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  16. Hi Cindy, Love your cabinets now! Reading all you do wears me out! Ice cream makes things better all the time! Have a blessed day. Nancy

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    1. LOL Nancy! I wear myself out some days! Ice cream always makes things better for sure.

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  17. I love the washboard! I actually have an old one that I bought when we had our cabin in VA...still packed up in a box sitting in the garage when we sold it and I kept what I knew I wanted in the future. I will put mine up in my future laundry room in the new house. You picked a GREAT color for your kitchen...I just love it. And your cabinets are going to look amazing with it...cannot wait to see the final reveal! Oh, doesn't it make you feel like you are living in a new house?

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    1. Thanks Debby. Slow process but at least we are moving along. If I could have been born rich I could have hired someone to do this. LOL! I will have a new kitchen for sure time I am through. Good thing is we don't have to buy new appliances. My appliances are fairly new with exception of my stove and it works great at the moment so I am good with it. I do love my color. Yes, that little wash board looks perfect in my laundry room. I know you are excited about future house in the mountains.

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  18. Your cabinets turned out very nice. That was a lot of rubbing and polishing! My hands sympathize.
    Your new Blessings wash board is a nice addition to your laundry room.
    That ice cream looks very tempting. You deserved that treat for sure.
    You are so blessed to have your children near by. I always enjoy your activities.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie . Well my daughter and i did share the ice cream 😂

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  19. Your kitchen journey is looking good... It ’s wonderful that it has become a happy affair...because I know how daunting renovations can be.... The cabinets are such a HAPPY mistake( ha Ha) ...I love it !!!! Your washboards says it all ....Thanks for sharing ...Hugs

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. Hoping to make a little more headway over the weekend.

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  20. Makeovers are so exciting! A lot of work, but exciting. Love the color you chose and looking forward to seeing how you pull it all together. I want that ice cream!!

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    1. Ann Marie, I am loving the gray and white with the oak cabinets. Slow process but will get there sooner or later.

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  21. I just love that washboard. In Olden Tymes, (you're probably too young to remember), people used to wear thimbles on their fingers and make music with washboards.

    God bless.

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    1. Yep, I was too young for that. But I have heard of that before.

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  22. I'm loving seeing your kitchen updates. (Although I might have missed one...I have to check.) As I was reading along, I suddenly realized, "Hey! Her blog isn't red anymore!" ha, ha. I like this color better. :) You said you didn't buy any dishes...I just shared my dishes story on my blog. I think I made up for YOU not buying any! lol I'm anxious to see the finished product on your kitchen. Can't wait!

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    1. Girl, It was hard to not buy those cute little snack plates. And honestly, If I did not already have WAY MORE than one person needs....I would have. Well, who knows. I might go back and see if they are still there. LOL! Hoping to hand down my beautiful snack plates to the grands one day.

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  23. I absolutely love your washboard Cindy and your home makeover looks great. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Have a blessed evening.

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    1. Thanks Toni. Baseboards down tomorrow! Finishing up pantry tonight. Slow but sure.

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  24. Lots of hard work! It's looking real good. So exciting to have all new and fresh things! Great to have family around too.

    Take care, don't work too hard!

    Katherine

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    1. Katherine, You are the one working hard! Girl I can't believe how much you have gotten accomplished for your friend. I am sure she appreciates your decor expertise.

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  25. Looking good! Lots of work, but... I love the gray! Have a good weekend! Leticia

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    1. Thanks so much and also for stopping by Leticia.

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  26. Starting to look really good!! Love how the cabinets came out! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  27. Love the new gray color Cindy. Your kitchen looks fantastic.

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy