In The Kitchen: New Blue

In The Kitchen: New Blue

For quite a while now, my kitchen has basically looked like this on one side:

 and like this on the other:

It’s the second picture that always bothered me. The upper cabinets were too tall (we have low ceilings) but since they came in the lot of them that we found on ebay way back when, hubby used them. He hated to *not* use them even if they weren’t quite right. So, he made this little corner. What bothered me was that I had this whole area of countertop that I could barely use for more than a few do dads and for piling up organizing papers.

Imagine my delight when while we were away, hubby got a new – free! – microwave that got the ball rolling on a whole new kitchen project. I don’t think he knew what he was in for, and neither did I. The day we got home from vacation, he ripped down those too tall cabinets to put shorter ones in their place (that we already had in another spot that wasn’t working – more on that another day).

Of course we had painted since the installation of the cabinets which meant we needed to repaint. I figured if we had to paint, we might as well pick a new color. So, I chose Behr Cumberland Fog. You should know this about me and choosing paint. I am not one of those people that brings home sample after sample until I get a color just right. I walk into a store, pick up a handful of paint cards and choose one. The only color I’ve ever hated was one someone else made by mixing colors and chose for me. I am not the queen of choosing paint colors – I just know what I like and don’t waste time, I guess. You could show me 26 light blue paint colors and I’d love all of them so why bother wasting time making sure it’s perfect? I know I’ll like it just fine.

Hubby got to painting – which also meant that he painted all the trim white again – yay! So fresh and shiny clean looking now. Having him paint the trim sure beats me having to scrub it. Then he put up the new cabinets, built some open shelving between them and we finally had a functional space in my kitchen where I can store stuff and use the countertop for more than clutter. I also took this opportunity to make a new not clashing curtain for that little section of cabinet. A friend gave me a shower curtain she’d never taken out of the package. I didn’t need a shower curtain so I used it to make this instead.

Here’s the rest of the kitchen with the new blue paint color:

That shelf in the middle of the kitchen isn’t staying. Hubby is still working on one area, so that has been floating around and I’m trying to decide if I can live with walking around a kitchen island all the time before I bite the bullet and buy the island that I love at Ikea. Enough explaining. There it is. New blue in the kitchen and some new functional counter space!

Yes, the chalkboard in the background says First Day of School 2011. Aren’t they cute?

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  1. I love the new color! And, um, you forgot to mention that it *matches your blog* !!! Winning. :) The black & white curtain looks fab too.

    You guys are so great with making stuff work for you. Love how it all works together so well now.

    Emily Reply:

    Ha ha! you are right – yep, that’s why I chose it. To match my blog!

    Thanks – we can be kinda scrappy and resourceful sometimes :)

  2. Love the color – funny, I’m in the process of picking a similar color for my kitchen – now i think “I’ll have what she’s having” – lol

  3. I love it! And the kids are adorable! Those new cabinets work so much better there than the tall ones did. $10 says you’ve already found a use for the tall ones? ;)
    Talk soon friend,

    Emily Reply:

    Of course! Hubby is using them for tools in the shed :)

  4. Emily!! I love it! The entire kitchen looks lighter and brighter. Great job girl! xo

  5. Hi! Love the new color! I too just pick up a few swatches and make a decision almost immediately. I’ve always liked the colors I’ve chosen so I guess it works out!

    Did you make your chalkboard in the background? I’ve been searching all over for one just like that. If you made the frame around it, can you share how you did that? Thanks :)

  6. Looks beautiful Emily!

    Oh I wish I could be like you when it comes to paint colours. Hubby sometimes jokes I spend more on the tester pots than the actual painting of the rooms. I must get better at that (but there are so many yummy choices…)

  7. You have a lovely kitchen and the new colour and more open cabinet/counter space is a great change. Very pretty.

  8. oooh, so nice! i love the color too! and i love the open shelf between the cabinets, very cool!

  9. Love the new color, love the new cabinets, love the picture of the kids on the first day of school!

  10. Emily, where is your fridge positioned in the kitchen (ie: is it next to the chalk board) as one of the best ways to make your kitchen more user friendly is to look at the work triangle, which is the triangle shape that you get by drawing a line between your sink, fridge and cooktop.

    The sink and cook top are nice and close together, but if the fridge is too far away then you will be forever running between back and forwards.

    Emily Reply:

    I do have a triangle of sorts – it’s definitely not the most ideal of layouts, but we worked with what we had when we bought this house. The fridge is directly opposite the dishwasher. I do go back and forth, but I like to see it as one more way to burn a few extra calories ;)

  11. It looks fabulous!!! So fresh and cute!

    PS. Your feed stopped working for me awhile back so I’m waaaay behind!!!

  12. love that your husband is so handy. You are lucky. everything looks great.