One of this small house's biggest transformations involved the kitchen.
The DAY we moved in it was a WHITE-wash, fluorescent light, ANGRY orange combo:
One WEEK after we moved in the fluorescent was replaced by oil-rubbed bronze track lighting (from Lowe's, thanks Ryan!!), the 50's light above the sink was replaced by an Allen & Roth Mission Bronze Island Pendant light (also from Lowe's, thanks Ryan again!!) but the cabinets were still, WHITE-wash (slight progress):
WHITE-wash simply isn't in my preferred color pallet--unless it involves a crisp spring shirt, polo, or cardigan. On a side note, as I'm going on about not liking white, we did choose to paint our kitchen Benjamin Moore's Elmira White, but only for the sake of contrast.
Our NON-white cabinet options included: buying new cabinets, painting old cabinets, or trying Rust-oleum:
We went for Rust-oleum and chose CHOCOLATE:
The hardest part was taking down the cabinet doors, removing the hardware, and keeping all of the small screws straight.
But the end result was well worth it:
(to the observant reader, you may have noticed our appliances changed from the beginning to the end of this post--but that story is for another day)
We then replaced the old silver hardware with simple oil-rubbed bronze hardware. This pulled in the Allen & Roth Pendant light fixture and track lighting:
After all was said and done, the kitchen cabinets reminded me of my Gramsiebaby. Gramps and her awesome abode--tucked in the woods off of New Holland Street--had DARK cabinets and it was home.
Here she is (and Gramps, too):
Yesterday was her birthday and a reminder of what a gift from God she is to this world. She is funny--as in Betty White funny--theatrical, loving, and one of the best gift-givers I know.
We love you, Gramsiebaby!!! Thanks for teaching me how to transform a small house into our home.