Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Making changes in my kitchen


When we moved into our home in 2005, one of our favorite things about the house was the kitchen.  Here's how it looked back when I started blogging:


Over the years I've changed a few tiny things here and there, but not a lot.




We still love this kitchen, but it's time to make some more substantial changes. Now, some things won't change. We can't change the cabinetry, and we can't change the countertops. That's okay: the cupboards are custom-made solid maple and the countertops are thick granite. But I want more of a farmhouse look in my kitchen, so I'm making some changes.

 Of course, we've all heard this many times, but it bears repeating: one of the the biggest ways to make changes to your house is also the one that gives the biggest bang for the buck: PAINT.  Last year I changed the kitchen wall color to a brighter apple green, but now I've decided to go much lighter with the wall color. I still wanted a green kitchen, but I went for an old-fashioned color (Sherwin Williams Liveable Green). Here's a good look at the new wall color:


And now for the change I'm most excited about--another paint change. As I said, our cupboards are custom-made solid maple, and my family decided that painting all these cabinets is not the way to go.  But that doesn't mean we can't paint any of them, does it? Look!



I realized that when I looked at my kitchen all I saw was a sea of brown. No more! The island color is another Sherwin Williams color, Oakmoss. I think I'm in love.


I left the hardware on the perimeter cabinetry alone, but I changed the hardware on the island. The new knobs and pulls are "Gilmore" from Restoration Hardware. They're very heavy and so old-fashioned looking, don't you think?

I have several more things to do in this room and hope to have my updated kitchen finished before Easter. I keep telling myself "slow and steady wins the race."

What do you think? Do you like the green island?  Have you ever painted kitchen cabinets?

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32 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I do love your island, it is fabulous. I think your kitchen is fabulous too, I love all the storage and counter space. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Wow - it looks great, Richella! What a difference it makes to your kitchen. I've been working to add some farmhouse touches to my kitchen too and am loving getting rid of some of the brown. Nothing drastic for us since I hope that we'll be downsizing in a year or two - just cosmetic changes. Look forward to seeing more!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love that island color, Richella and the lighter walls. Can't wait for more.

Shelia said...

Hi Richella! I love love love your beautiful kitchen and I really like your island painted green. Green is becoming one of my favorite colors as it looks great with everything. I love all of the space you have - your kitchen is just a dream. Hope you're doing well.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Jen said...

A little paint does go a long way to changing things around! l love the green on the island and he new wall color. Looking very fresh.

Jeannette

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE your green island...I have a white kitchen and two years ago we painted our island black...so happy with that decision! You have such a pretty kitchen looking forward to seeing the other changes you make!
What about painting your range hood to match the island...just a suggestion.

Stacey said...

It looks wonderful already! Love the island color and Liveable Green looks perfect.

Debby Ray said...

Oh wow! That green island cabinetry really pops and makes a wonderful focal point...such a pretty color of green! I can't wait to see what you do next. I had dark walnut cabinets in our other house (not very good quality) and painted them a creamy white. It was the best thing that was ever done to that kitchen! I am anticipating painting my current cabinets white in the near future also!

Paula@SweetPea said...

The green looks perfect in your kitchen. My eye was immediately drawn to the island when I scrolled down to the picture that showed its new paint.

sweet violets said...

Your kitchen was a dream to begin with....all that storage and tons of work space!!! The green wall color really freshens up the space and the island.......wow, what a change!!! Love that green, perfect to break up all the brown......how about a patterned rug in front of the sink??? Can't wait to see what else you do!!

The Tuscan Home said...

The new facelift is AMAZING!! I may have to copy this down the line, I love it that much! The island blended in with the kitchen before, NOW it's a gorgeous focal point.

Cynthia said...

I LOVE it, wow what an impact. This has added so much warmth. Great job and can't wait to see more.

Cynthia

Cindy said...

Yes, yes, yes to the green island!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks wonderful! Yes, love the color green and your hardware is perfect! So exciting...
Blessings,
Cindy

Cathie said...

Not only do I love it, I'm going to steal it. (the color idea, that is.) That color is stunning; just what I was looking for.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love what you have done. The kitchen needed that pop of color. And green is my favorite.

Fondly,
Glenda

Terri said...

I may steal your color as well............ Thanks for letting us in on the gorgeous green !!! I love the island!! Just perfect!!!!!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Green is my favorite color, so yes I love.

twinkietotmom said...

I love it! Two summers ago I painted our kitchen cabinets when we did a little kitchen make over. Here's what they look like http://www.twinkietotmom.com/2012/09/the-big-kitchen-reveal.html

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

I love the green island Richella. Beautiful job. I can't wait to see what else you do with your kitchen. I've recently painted all my cabinets (in a much smaller kitchen) and the island. The big reveal will be coming soon on my blog.
Blessings to you dear lady,
Patti

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

I absolutely love it. LOVE it. I'm very partial to green anyway but in your kitchen it is the perfect choice. I like your new wall color too. It really gives you a new look. I like that hardware too.
Sorry I stink at responding to email - I just realized I never wrote you back the second time. :)

Carol said...

Oh, wow, I love that color on the walls; and the island is beautiful! I think it is so smart to give an island a certain uniqueness and paint is the best way to go. Really like the new hardware, too. BTY -- Gilmore is my maiden name!

Linda said...

I love the island...and you always do such a great job Richella! Your kitchen is fantastic! Can't wait to see what you will do next! We birdies sure do love to feather our nests don't we??!!!! :)

At The Picket Fence said...

It's beautiful Richella and I love the new wall color too!! Can't wait to see what else you will be doing! :-)
Vanessa

His Doorkeeper said...

Richella, I think you have great style and the color of your island is great. Also you put some new lights above your island, right? Most of all, I LOVE the new wall color!! Beautiful and very updated! I had my kitchen cabinets repainted this past November and I love to update too. Still have to have island bar chairs painted and re-covered. Just can't make up my mind on the fabric yet. Too many to choose from!! :)

Shantalle LifestylesOfTheStayAtHomeMom said...

Love it! So soft and charming :)

Bharati said...

Love it!! The new paint and island looks awesome.

Elizabeth N said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I especially love how the island changed. Very nice job!

Luisa Chandler said...

Your new paint looks awesome! That island is just enough to give a big impact and I love your color choices. My dining room is actually painted Liveable Green SW. Love!

Laura Dowden said...

I loved your kitchen before and now I love it even more with the island painted green. It is stunning!

Liz Paulis said...

Beautiful kitchen! Seems like the granite was there when you moved in, but do you happen to know what kind/pattern it is? I'm looking into getting new countertops right now, and I really love yours!

Richella Parham said...

Hi Liz! We bought this house as it was being built, and the granite was already installed. But I've found granite that's a pretty close match to this under the name "Santa Rita." (I think perhaps I saw it at Home Depot by that name.) We've lived here for 10 years now, and the granite is still in mint condition. It's so easy to take care of!

Good luck in choosing your new countertops!

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