Friday, December 2, 2011

Dinner..errr..Kitchen for Four - Hold the Scallops!

We finally got rid of something that has been bothering me since we moved in to this house (about six years ago).   See the arrows above for a HINT!  After updating the kitchen with adding bead board to our island, then doing this little update and painting the kitchen a new color, I finally mentioned to my husband that I'd really like to have that scallop piece removed from above the sink and window area.
To see the kitchen from the very beginning, click here.
I think the scallop piece really dates our kitchen back to the 80's when it was installed.  The only problem was - what if it damaged the existing cabinets and walls when we took it down?  
Hubs checked out how it was being held up and saw that there were only a few nails holding it up there inside the cabinets on either side.
 It seemed like it would be a fairly easy removal.
{fingers crossed}
He decided to go for it and as I was grabbing the camera, it was coming down!
We were left with this little piece of molding which actually didn't look that bad.
We also had these holes to contend with.
Hubs decided he could take down the molding and cut it to finish off the cabinets.  He's getting really good with that circular saw (wait till you see the next project we have planned!).
So after carefully removing the molding, we had a nice strip of unpainted ceiling. Luckily we had leftover paint (Benjamin Moore Puritan Grey).

He touched it up and gave it a quick coat of paint (it was the day or two before Thanksgiving) but he wants to sand it down again and give it one more shot of the paint to make it look totally smooth. He also painted the exposed cabinet ends black to match the bead board (Benjamin Moore Blackberry) and stained the area that had the holes in it.
He mitered the molding on the cabinet tops as if they'd always been that way. 
I think he did a fabulous job!!
Even though this was a small change, that probably only we notice, we couldn't be happier with the results. It lets in more light and doesn't feel so dated anymore.  I'm thinking of adding a valance with some punchy grey and yellow fabric but I'm still looking for that.   Here's an idea for that valance that I pinned that I absolutely love.
In the meantime I have it swagged with some greenery for the holidays.
Have you done any minor changes lately? Major ones? Let's hear it!

one year ago.. Harvest Cocktail Party

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Amanda said...

Wow what a project! It looks so much better now!

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Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE your kitchen. Looks awesome. :) Thanks for stopping by.

camp and cottage living said...

It does look much better.
I'm going to do a window swag too.
There are so many ways to decorate them, I'm still turning it over in my mind!

Kellie Collis said...

What a lovely change! It's great to have extra paint lying around. Enjoy the beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

Olah Momma! said...

Wow, love how you did it. Sweet!

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simply brookes: said...

looks great. good job, friend. kitchen is warm, inviting and charming.

Shay said...

Wow ! That made a huge difference and took the window from 80's drab to fabulous.

Lucky you had that extra paint laying round.

Thanks for dropping by and linking up to Favourite Things Friday. It was lovely to meet you!

Danelle said...

Love your holiday swag!

Brittany @ Couponing Chic said...

Love your kitchen and the changes. I wish I had a kitchen that size. I've been trying to talk hubby into renovating but uh...that's another story. I found your blog through Super Stalker Sunday blog hop. Now you're newest Pinterest follower :)

Brittany @ Couponing Chic

Jamie said...

Sometimes the smallest changes are the best. It looks great and I can't wait to see your valence when you get it all finished. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home

P.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Looks great!! Really does make a difference in your kitchen's look! Would love for you to come share at FNF at my blog sometime- going on all weekend!

Vanessa said...

Doesn't taking down that valance make all the difference? That's awesome! Thanks for checking out my site! : )

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