I have been quiet… lords have I been quiet here. It isn’t for a lack of having things to say cause I really really have stories and photos to share but I have been engulfed in home makeover projects. This is the thing about old homes… they are quaint, charming but lords do they need A LOT of love. Word to the wise people, if you install white anything in your kitchen… FUCKING CLEAN IT. It looks pretty when clean but if you don’t plan on the upkeep I don’t recommend it. I spent a lot of time on the floor with my other husband, Mr. Clean and his magic eraser, scrubbing these fucking cabinets to holy hell. They needed some SERIOUS LOVE.
With visitors coming in the month of November I have had the match lit under my ass to get this stuff done. It’s a lot of fucking work but honestly, I was happy to take on the projects of painting and redecorating cause a) I like being crafty anyway, b) I take pride in the work and love my space even more, c) professionals are EXPENSIVE and d) it’s therapeutic. About C…. I have been glum and lonely here and keeping busy also keeps me distracted. But that is another post for another time. Happy times ahead.
Not sure how this happened but I decided to re-do the kitchen. I am not an OCD clean freak by any means but when a kitchen looks dingy, well, I get grossed out. The owners of this house have four kids and it shows in places… aka everything white was not white. So I re-painted all the white trim and baseboards and after I did that, the walls looked yellow and not in a good way. So I decided to paint the walls and I am so glad I did!
What theme to go with?
Since I have lots of Halloween goodies, spooky whatnot, I decided to go the kitchen witch theme. I posted a photo on facebook and got great color suggestions from people. There is a Benjamin Moore dealer 2 blocks away, I got some color strips and it is ON. Benjamin Moore makes the BEST colors and if you want to re-paint get their colors but if you can’t swing the price tag take it to Home Depot to knock it off like I did 😀
I ended up picking a color called “dusk to dawn” (how vampiric and appropriate). It’s a smokey lavender color and based on the time of day it looks more grey or purple. I was nervous about this cause it is a statement color to put in a kitchen but I rolled with it and WHOA. I. LOVE. IT.
So onto the photos yes?
The photo on the left is when we were moving in…. as you can see the white wasn’t so white, there were white lacy curtains (not my style). The right is after. I still plan on doing some form of window treatment but it won’t be white or lace. Heh.
I made the mistake of not taking enough photos when we moved in. This is the best “before” photo I could drum up….
And then came all the accessory whatnot, or what I refer to as “room bling”…
Now, I had some of this stuff but now that I put purple on the walls, shit just did not look right. I bought a spray can of flat, black paint at Home Depot (CHEAP!) and gave new life to some things so they could fit into the room and save the extra expense. The mail/key organizer, paper towel holder…. black! The doorbell cover was white one time but it went beige so to hell with it, I sprayed it too! By the way, you can’t just buy a doorbell cover, if you want a new one, you have to buy a whole thing. Uh yeah, NO.
One other thing I did was switch out all the switch plate covers from plastic/white to brushed silver. Plastic looks cheap and gets dirty easily. You would be surprised just how much this simple/affordable detail changes the dynamic of the room. And voila!
Another thing I have been doing is transferring things to glass bottles. It just looks better, cleaner and your house isn’t all logo clad. I buy bottles at IKEA (cheap) and The Container Store. Oils, spices, coffee…
I have been scoring up on the discounted Halloween merch at stores. Nothing too crazy but I got that skull and crossbones apron for Reza (Williams + Sonoma) and then these plates at West Elm. They were 50% off yo! $10 for all three.
I got these cool plate hanger things at The Container Store. They don’t damage the plate and when I am done with them you just soak in water and the decal peels off.
I have a couple other projects in the pipe for the kitchen that I am not done with. I have found the most awesome antique store around here and since it is in Jersey and not in a major city, it is an untapped resource of awesome that isn’t all picked over by eBay people who buy shit just to sell it. I have spent countless hours in there scouring and scoring! Don’t even get me started on the vintage turquoise, Pyrex mixing bowls I found. A whole set for under $35.
I plan on making a shadowbox with a bunch of vintage skeleton keys I acquired, as well as finding the right frames for the prints and vintage Halloween goodies I have found. I loved the framing treatments on those old photos but I dunno if I want to display real, tangible photographs of people I don’t know… you never know what kind of energy they have. So I am gonna make some silhouettes to put in those mattes. I was thinking The Wicked Witch of the West and Dracula. The Victorian bat girl is a print, total score!
I also have a medicine cabinet I have had that I plan on refinishing and making a curio of jars and vintage tins. Work in progress but all coming together! All it needs is a purple kitchenaid mixer 😀
The whole re-do was actually pretty cheap cause I already had a lot of the stuff and the things I have bought were on sale or already affordable. Between the paint, switch plates and matching accent items it wasn’t more than $200. Now, the labor and love I put into it? Priceless. I got the broken nails and bruises to prove it.
And now, for those of you who made it this far… A GIVEAWAY!!!
Two years ago I designed a Day Of The Dead print for Cup Kozy and not only did it sell out, but was a big hit. She decided to re-release the print in another color combination so pink+black was born. I just got my share of the bargain and well, one is up for giveaway… they’re not even available yet so you may be the first person besides me+them to have it. So what do you need to do? Comment on this post (not the post you may be reading through LJ). I will pick a random winner on Day Of The Dead (That’s November 1st for you gringos). One submission per person please since I am not making you do things like whoring me out on fb/twitter/wherever you web-socialize. But hey, if you want to whore me out, have at it.
The next installment will come soon enough… all about how I am acclimating, the cold, Reza’s birthday and how Philly sports fans are real dicks. Oooffff…. *shakes fist*