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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Another Kitchen Re-Do...

Hey guys!!!   How the heck have you been?  

Me?   I’ve been busy…and that is good…for the most part.  

I wish there were more hours in the day…or that my tired body could keep up with the demands that I need to put on it.   As some of you know, I am not in the best health these days so my energy levels aren't all that high, but I do what I can.   I'm grateful for my kids and my Cowboy for all the help they give me when I just 'can't'.   My kids are busy as a bunch can get with extra curricular and social engagements...and every day is just full.   Ive missed my Tootsie Posts a lot...and am excited to be here today!

My little clothing company has been very busy now since August and I haven’t had a lot of extra time…or energy for that matter to do a lot of Tootsie type things.   I have  several orders sitting on my desk that need to be filled…but sometimes a girl just has to take a little break from work and play a bit.  

This weekend I took the time…and decided to wear my Tootsie hat for just a little while…and did a project that has a dramatic change from the before to the after.  

Those who know me well, know I have a certain style of decorating that I like to see in my home.   There are some spaces in this place that DO NOT reflect this style…The following space started out as one for the NOT my style file. 

Lets get started.

I inherited THIS nightmare: 

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I adore the rounded doorways…and I love the character of this house…but I hate this color…absolutely hate it.   If there was ever an affliction that included an irrational fear of a certain color on the walls, this would be it! 

I am not a girl that likes coral on the wall.   This isn’t even a nice shade of coral…it’s kind of pukey…it’s not red…it’s not orange…it’s not pink…it’s just  UGLY and it it just makes me crabby.
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Now…I could have ignored it…but since August I have been working in the room ajacent to this nasty eyesore for  up to 18  hours a day…

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…I tried to ignore it…I really did.

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I REALLY tried not to look at it…

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…but it is just SO bright…and it’s the first thing you see whenI look up from my desk…something had to give!   lol

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I decided that I could not live one more day with this space taunting me and insulting my sensibilities.   It had to go!  

I also decided  that the cheesy grey cupboards would have to change too.   Now…if I am not loving the cabinet doors…why not experiment on them?

SO… Before we head to the hardware store and replace the cupboard doors…I decided that maybe I’d like to try something that I’d read about. 


Have you ever heard of this?   It’s a kind of liquid sander/deglosser.  It makes painting projects a lot less messy…and much faster!   I thought I might give it a try…see how she worked…

So I prepped and primed…edged and rolled…scrubbed and primped and planned…cleaned and organized, decorated and arranged and played to my little hearts content.

Do you want to see how I made out? 

First, let me remind you of the before:

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This kitchen is what nightmares are made of…
or should I say WAS.

NOW… in comparison, it is an absolute dream!
Take a look:

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I am 100% sure I don’t have to tell you what surfaces I put paint on…lol   I am amazed at how different this room looks and feels with just a can of paint!

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I am not quite finished in this room.   I would like my Cowboy to cut me some pretty mouldings to attach to the front of the cupboard doors to add some detail.  

I may also decide to go a shade darker on at least the lower cabinets…but for now…

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I am pretty sure…

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I can live with this view from my studio for a while. 

What do you think?   Did I accomplish my goal for this room?

I am pleased with it…quick, simple and neutral.

Well guys…that’s it for me for today.

I am back to the sewing machine tomorrow!

Until next time…  Happy Decorating !!!  ( and re-finishing!)

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kate steeper said...

So nice to see your still pottering on , have to agree about the weird colour , but im also no fan of

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

How wonderful to see a post from you! Sorry to hear about your health issues. Glad you have help from family and your Cowboy.

I love the transformation in your kitchen. The before color would have driven me bonkers. As usual, you did a fantastic job. Thanks for the heads up on that product.

Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

It looks FABULOUS!! I am a firm believer of the power of a can of paint. A white kitchen is a dream kitchen to me and you have achieved it!

Tootsie said...

Hi Kate! I agree...I am not a fan of white either...I think it is way too stark of a color to use on walls. I always opt for a little more of a cream. This one was called Swiss Almond...and it's got just a little hint of rose in it. I wish the photos would show the true color better...:)