Time to do a little kitchen comparison
Here we were March 2012 looking in from the living room. Its actually super hard to get a good pic from this angle because of all the light from the windows… makes the colour of the walls look way different than they really are… everything looks so yellow but you can get the jist of what is going on
Here we are November 2013 from the same angle (roughly) with again, bad lighting. Biggest differences are the door we painted red (Benjamin Moore Geranium, same as front door), hung some curtains to the right there and kinda hard to notice but there is some subway tile back splash that is awesome. Also painted that dresser you see on the right hand side which is awesome for storage. Added a rug under the kitchen table which has really helped prevent damage to the floor along with adding a bit of coziness.
I'm trying to think of what to do over the window in the kitchen sink. Maybe a valance with matching fabric like this… or a shelf something like this… we'll see
Here's what used to be our coffee corner but it was actually a bit small for our coffee pot so now we just keep our mugs here and use it for wine and the cookie jar:) We've talked about one day extending the counter out a bit farther so it would fit our coffee pot better. In hindsight we should have just extended it out from the beginning… still love this little corner. Nels just finished the back splash here about a month ago.
Here's a bit of a close up of our curtains. We just finished them last weekend. I had my first ever experience ordering fabric through fabric.com and it was AWESOME. I had the fabric shipped to a warehouse at the Sumas border (free shipping) and then my international shipping connections (mom and lori) picked it up for me. I will definitely be shipping more stuff this way because its so much cheaper and so convenient if someone can pick it up for you. I ended up doing no-sew curtains after I got into a fight with my sewing machine so we'll see how long they last. If the iron-on hem does crap out on me I always have the option so sew them because they're cut to size and there is enough fabric for a seam allowance.
Here we are looking from the corner to the living room. We need some new bar stools at some point… we could easily have 4 around the island but they're too pricey and not really a necessity right now.
and from the mudroom to the other side of the kitchen
Close up of our painted dresser. I really love the idea of using furniture in unconventional ways… like this dresser that is obviously supposed to be in a bedroom but is perfect for storing napkins and wrapping paper and craft supplies. Also shutters for fun even though they don't serve a practical purpose.
Molly's little desk area… I was looking for a way to add tangerine into our kitchen and I love that I was able to in a non permanent way. If I get sick of this colour I'll just move the table out or paint it another colour :)
This was the Panatone colour of the year for 2012… Tangerine Tango. I had the colour matched at Benjamin Moore.
Of course our herringbone stencil that we did a few weeks back… I'm still in love with it.
LOVE the subway tile!!
There you have it. The kitchen as it sits right now. Maybe we'll leave it alone for awhile now. Its ended up being much more eclectic than I first thought it would be. In my head I wanted it to be super white and calm. As we lived in the house for longer and longer that just seemed kinda boring and actually Nels is the one who really wanted me to add some colour so the red door, blue dresser and orange desk for Molly have helped make the room more fun.