Monday, June 30, 2008

Goodbye Border, Hello Beach!

We've been in our "new" house for almost two years. It was built in the early 70's. We knew there was going to be some work done in order to bring it up to date. It is not a badly done house, it still looks tasteful. But, it's just not where I want it to be. When we first moved in we were all gung ho about changing the kitchen around ....which you can see the before and after here. Since we knocked out the "walls" surrounding the kitchen we had to go forward with changing the look of the family room since it had opened up the two separated spaces and had become one room.

Well, since then we really haven't done much of anything to the house except paint the upstairs guest bathroom. But, now, a can of Home Depot "oops" paint and we are motivated once again! Yes, we bought our paint for 1.00. It was close to the color I wanted so... what the heck. You can always paint over it. We are re-decorating the downstairs half bath/laundry room. At first I thought it was kind of funky having a combination bathroom and laundry room but I solved the problem by getting a folding screen. (Yard sale find, 4.00.) When we have company the folding screen goes up in front of the laundry side so you can't see it. This appeases me for now.

See the lovely, handpainted "Flower Power" border? Couldn't wait to have that painted over. There was an even lovelier retro flower lighting fixture that we quickly took down and sold on ebay!

Dear Hubby is doing all of the work by the way. He's on the move!

The new "theme" will be the beach. I miss living at the beach, going to the beach, and walking the boardwalk, so I wanted to bring the ocean to me. We decided to take off the old yellow toned counter top and replace it with a newer, sand colored, faux granite countertop...(which we found on clearance at Lowes I think for 10.00.) The cabinets will no longer be dark. (We keep painting over all of these custom made cabinets....yikes!) We are adding wainscoting along the lower portion of the white to match the soon to be paint on the cabinets.

Hopefully it will be done soon and I can show you the after photos. But, I may just be on my trip and the project will have to be finished later. Either way I will be back to blog about the results of either one!


Mary Isabella said...

I love your redo and cannt wait to see the finish....Have a Great Fourth of July....Mary

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi Jillian,
Your redo is coming along nicely, I can't wait to see the end result...

An award is waiting for you over on my blog...stop by and see.


Kari & Kijsa said...

Can't wait to see the finished room!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Sandra Evertson said...

It looks Wonderful and what a sweet bunch of kitties below!
Sandra Evertson

Oliver Rain said...

Updating rooms is always so refreshing. Don't worry. I'm all about painting wooden cabinets too. Dark brown is just so depressing.

Betty said...

Isn't a redo just the thing to get us motivated sometimes....well, it works for me....

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Edward and for me...each one was and is greatly appreciated...God is so good....

Thanks for visiting with me...Betty

MJ said...

Paint away on dark cabinets! You have my support!

I look forward to seeing the outcome of your reno!