Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A little remodeling

Window topper fabric.

Florescent light to rail lighting and pendant.

Dark to lighter paint and backsplash.

My brother is divorced and often asks for my input on decorating his home. He recently wanted to do an inexpensive remodel in his kitchen.

First, we got rid of the dark green paint. It was outdated and not a very good paint job. Patched the walls, primed and painted a lighter green paint. (He still wanted green.)

Then, we removed the florescent light fixture in the center of the ceiling. Patched and painted the ceiling. Replaced the fixture with rail lighting so that we could "spot" the cabinets. Added a red pendant light above the sink, as there was no lighting there before and you always had your back to the center light when doing dishes.

Next, what to do about a backsplash...........He wants to replace the counters down the road and we thought it was silly to tile the backsplash only to rip it out later if it didn't work with the counters. I found this pre-made backsplash that just mounts behind the stove. It goes up in under 10 minutes and comes down just as fast without damaging the wall.

Then, for a change, I removed the plates on the plate rail in the bay window area and I made some simple toppers. The green on the walls is in the fabric but it's hard to see here. I have some new fabric to cover the chair seats, as well.

Now, I'm suggesting some molding on the top of the cabinets and some simple accessories for above them.

Need some other accessories, maybe a chalkboard and something over the window toppers?

That's all the budget will allow for now. New flooring, counters, and oven/microwave combo will have to wait. I think it looks a lot better.


Janet said...

I LOVE that fabric. What can you tell me about it??


Karen H. said...

Good Evening Nan,
Oh that fabric is beautiful. I must say, you are the next "Martha Stewart". You did a fabulous job in helping you brother redo his kitchen. I really love the backsplash. It looks so real and looks like bricks. So, when did you say you would be here to redo mine? LOL. I must say also that the lighter green does look much better and makes the room brighter. "THANK YOU" for sharing your makeover of your brother's kitchen with us. I really enjoyed it. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Anonymous said...

Great redo of your brothers kitchen! Amazing what some paint can do. Love the fabric and backsplash too! Have a great day, Ms Nan. Christy :-) <><

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Great Job! How fun to have two houses to decorate :-)

Colleen Eskridge said...

The fabric is lovely.I must admit..sad about the colts...but I do love the Packers.We don't get the games live...and only see them if shown on Espn here in South Africa. Colleen

Terri and Bob said...

Love the fabric but loved even more that your brother wanted to redo his kitchen!!! Is he taken??? WAIT! I am taken, what am I thinking??

Classic Charm said...

Ok, you must tell me about the backsplash - never heard of that, but I'm interested to find out more. And I LOVE the fabric you selected, I love black. What a nice update, you're a good sister.

Meggie said...

WHERE did you find the premade backsplash for the stove? That would work perfectly for my kitchen. I love the changes...so subtle with dramatic results.

Sherry said...

Excellent remodel...looks fresh, "updated" and bright as a kitchen should!

Meggie said...

Thanks, Nan, for the info about the backsplash. They just built a new Lowes by my house. I will check it out.

bj said...

Oh, this looks fabulous! What a great job you did. You are so good at decorating.....
hugs, bj