Here's a before of the kitchen (who can spy the half naked kid in this picture? Madison wanted to be involved with the process...)
The hutch/desk next to the kitchen needed the update too...
Here's a sneak peek of the color: I went with an antique white and stained the cabinets to give them a beaten up look since they will naturally get that way anyway with three toddlers. I also learned that Premium Primer is a must, I actually didn't have to sand too much because the primer held to the surface so well.
Walah!!! Come on... the after looks sooo much better don't you think? I just felt like it brightened up the kitchen so much and I always think kitchens should be bright and happy... And you can't really tell in this picture but I painted the inside of the hutch yellow (gotta get my yellow in somewhere) and did strip and re stain the top of the desk in a dark walnut color. After re staining that small piece I was pretty glad I hadn't attempted that on the entire kitchen.
And then after some heated debate and deliberating and repeating that process over and over a few days... I finally decided to paint the island black.
And then I sanded it up pretty well so that you can see the red (and the prior blue) coming through on the sanded parts and I love it that way! I bought an old bread box at D.I. for a couple bucks that I am planning on painting an antique blue to put in the kitchen. Plus I have my yellow kitchenaid and bowl and red toaster to add some other colors in the mix.
And lastly, I found these cute cups on clearance at Fred Meyer that I think go perfectly with the new look. So for less than around $50-60 I have a brand new kitchen that I actually like to cook in now! But I might be done with painting for a little while... I'm a little painted out. What do you think of the new look?