One of the secrets to making a small kitchen look big is keeping the counter clean and clear of objects. Doing this allows the eye to travel the full length of the counter without stopping.
I try to do this for the most part but sometimes your best use of storage is on the counter. For instance with my knife block. It’s a pretty bulky piece to store in the cabinets. Plus, it’s incredibly convenient to have right next to the stove while cooking.
While I find myself knee deep in the middle of our kitchen transformation I keep looking for ways to simplify things and tie everything together with the yellow and grey color scheme we are working with. I also like seeing the same color repeated throughout the room. This design trick also keeps the eyes moving. Which is one of the reasons I decided to give our knife block a little makeover.
I found the inspiration for this project a couple of months ago on Pinterest.
The project has been sitting on a back burner in my mind since then. I decided to tackle it a few weeks ago while I had the Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon color still out from painting the walls in our kitchen.
First, I removed all the knives and cleaned the knife block with a damp rag. My block had a little metal plate screwed on the front. I removed it and filled in the holes using Fast ‘n Final.
Next, I used a scrap piece of medium coarse sandpaper to scuff up the block a little bit. This helps the paint adhere better.
Using the same paint that we used on our walls I applied two coats. Allowing ample time to dry between each coat.
(This is after just one coat of paint.)
Finally, to protect my little block from any abuse it may receive when “Chef Krystle” cooks I added two protective coats of Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic protective finish in Clear Gloss. I had some leftover from when I painted the dresser in Noah’s room.
Not only does it protect the paint but it also gives it a nice glossy look. Which I like!
(Oh, by the way! Check out that grout job in the background. Yay for ML!)
This was a really easy project and an inexpensive way to update one of the accessories in my kitchen. Over time I am hoping to add a few more yellow pieces here and there. You know, to really tie the whole thing together.
In other news… painting of the kitchen cabinets has officially begun. The whole process is taking a little bit longer than I originally anticipated but I am too excited about the transformation to complain. I’ll keep you updated as it progresses.
Ok, y’all! Michael Luke has finally finished grouting the tile backsplash. Let me just tell you that it looks great. Even better than I imagined because we didn’t have to pay anybody to install it! I’ll be back with more posts about all our tiling adventures but until then I need your input on paint colors for the cabinets.
We have wasted countless hours staring at all our paint samples, re-situating them around the room, switching back and forth between favorites, and now we have narrowed it down to two choices.
Sherwin Williams Alpaca and Requisite Grey. Originally, when I started pulling finishes together for our kitchen I was picturing a medium grey tone for the cabinets.
But now that I have had time to think a little lot more about it and see what the kitchen looks like with the counters and backsplash installed I’m honestly leaning more towards Sherwin Williams Alpaca.
I like Alpaca because being a lighter color it won’t enclose the kitchen. It has been truly amazing how much bigger the kitchen looks since we painted it yellow and I just don’t want to lose that visual illusion.
So here’s where you come in. It’s time for you to weigh in and let me know which color you would choose. I plan to get the paint mixed by the end of the week and hopefully start painting by this weekend!
Have you ever debated and then debated some more a major design decision for your house? Or are you one of those who goes with their first choice and there is no turning back?
We received the notification of the Challenge last Wednesday. At first I was in the dark about what to do. Not because I didn’t have plenty of pins that I would love to follow up on but because I wasn’t 100% certain if we were going to be in town this past weekend.
By Friday afternoon I pretty much knew we would be staying home for the most part of the weekend so I started gathering supplies and prepping.
Prepping for what?
Prepping to paint the walls and tile the back splash of our kitchen! That’s a lot for one weekend right? Especially, when that one weekend really only consists of Saturday since we planned to be out of town on Sunday. Which leads me to preface the rest of the post with…
we didn’t finish.
We did partially finish though and we do have progress pictures to show. But before I do I thought I would share where I got my inspiration from.
First, here is a reminder of where we stood with our kitchen prior to this last weekend.
I realize a lot of people like the red. I’ll admit it’s not terribly bad… it’s just not the color I would have selected plus the paint is scratched up in several places. After finding several inspiration kitchens on Pinterest I was in love with the idea of yellow kitchen.
I felt that a pale yellow would really open up our small space as well as give the room an inviting feeling. Yellow was a little scary for me though because before Noah’s room was Noah’s room it was a yellow bedroom. Ugh. I just couldn’t stand the color in there but somehow I felt like it would be different in the kitchen. Thankfully it was.
Besides wanting to paint the walls yellow we also felt like tackling the tile back splash at the same time would be a great idea. I would paint and ML would install the tile. We chose a simple and classic white subway tile for our back splash. I was sold on the idea after seeing several beautiful installation pictures.
We bought all our supplies Friday and were ready to start Saturday morning… sort of. ML was ready to start but I had a quick jewelry party and brunch to hit up first. It was lots of fun and a great chance to hang out with some girls for a while but definitely set us back in our day.
While I was gone he watched Noah and somehow managed to get the entire back splash area sanded.
If you live in a typical house with a typical kitchen you wouldn’t need to do this but because somebody somewhere down the line decided to basically apply plaster to our walls we needed to sand them down. Let me just say if you haven’t ever texturized your walls then don’t. It really makes things a lot easier to leave them smooth.
While I was gone ML not only managed to get the wall area sanded but also to cover the entire first floor of our house in a blanket of dust.
So for the better part of our afternoon we were vacuuming and wiping down all the surfaces before any painting or tiling could begin. In hindsight it would have been a great idea to have put up a dust partition. We’ll know next time.
Finally, late Saturday afternoon I managed to start painting the walls while ML read a few Young House Love posts on installing tile. Thanks John!
By the time I took Noah to bed ML was finally able to start installing the tile. We were both a little surprised that it took this long before officially beginning but life happens.
Two nights into the tile installation things are still moving a little slow for us but we are super excited by how it’s beginning to look.
I am so thankful that I have a patient husband who is willing to keep moving forward with this project and is just excited about the end result as I am.
Yay! I’ll be back later to share the finished tile installation and more details of how we got it done.
Meanwhile… except for a few inconspicuous places things are wrapping up on the painting.
For the color I chose Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon in Sherwin Williams SuperPaint Paint and Primer in One. I thought Lemon Chiffon was an appropriate name for the color of a kitchen.
It is a really light yellow. Like I was hoping, it really makes the kitchen feel larger which is great because its a wee bit on the small side. I’m thankful for my kitchen though. Because it is a light yellow and not super saturated it doesn’t give off too much energy or leave you feeling restless and angry like some yellows do. This yellow is calming and rejuvenating… exactly what I wanted.
See how nice it works with our new counters! Oh, and see all that texture on the walls. That stuff is not easy to paint over. You definitely have to come at it from every angle just to get it covered well.
I tried to stage the kitchen as best as possible around the working progress of the back splash.
If you squint real hard though you can imagine what it will look like with the rest of the back splash installed and the cabinets painted gray. It’s going to be lovely. I feel like I have a brand new kitchen.
After we finish up the tile we still have a few things left to do in our kitchen renovation.
Operation Bring Sunshine to the Kitchen
paint upper and lower cabinets
under cabinet lighting
new above range microwave oven
add cut out to pantry door
clean grout in tile floor
new hardware for cabinet doors and drawers
replace ceiling fan and light
To view our inspiration board click here and for a project breakdown click here. I’ll be back later to bring us up to speed on where we stand budget wise (hint: it’s looking pretty good).
Have you had any projects that you have tried to complete in a weekend but just didn’t manage to get it done? Do you have experience installing wall tile? If so, what advice do you have to keep the spacers in place while the mastic dries?