As with anything that I do, I try to keep everything on a tight budget. The cabinet makeover was very affordable. All I had to buy was 1 qt of primer, 2 qts of paint, and a can of spray primer and paint for the hardware. There was no need to buy new hardware for this job, just a little makeover.
I picked up the paint sample under Martha Stewards colors for Milk Pail. I really liked it but new it would look different once I brought it home under different light. I decided to take the risk and bought a quart. I went home, painted the cabinets and was worried the whole time that I didn't like it. It was freaking me out.
Then I remembered a photo from Lauren Liess's Pure Style Home blog and her kitchen that I loved so much. I highly recommend you check out her decorating skills. I was very thankful that she said what color she chose and it is Witch Hazel from Behr.
So back to the store I went to pick it up. Sure enough I loved it and was going to paint the top cabinets white to brighten the room up and do something different. In that process I started to like this color combo that I had going on. After texting photo's to my sister and freaking out over it with her she got me to keep what I had going on. Milk Pail on top Witch Hazel on the bottom, and with a few red accents it all come together nicely.
After I threw the freshly painted hardware back on, it was instant happy. Check it out:
Originally the kitchen had one of those lazy susan's in the corner but it was broken. It was such a waste of space so we removed it and I was left with a big open hole. It was great for storage, but to hide the clutter I whipped up a cute little curtain made of a mustard yellow that seemed to fit the scheme. I bought 1 yd at Joann's on sale for a couple bucks.
Here you can see one of those racks from Ikea that I picked up, also on sale, for some added storage. The goods hanging were thriftstore/yardsale purchases, items passed from my grandmother, and a few of my own cups.
Here is one of those handy magnetic knife holders from Ikea and hanging on teh wall is a Seth Colter original that I got when we were living in Northern California at the same time.
Here is a picture of the kitchen table and chairs that I got super cheap. The table was $14 from the thrift store. It just needed a good scrub down. It is perfect for my space for it's size. It is a drop leaf table and can be made smaller.
Check out their makeover here.
The chairs were a free find at my mother's that she picked up at a yard sale. I reupholstered them with this great fabric that I got at the discount fabric store in Framingham, MA called Sewfisticated.
The lamp was a find in the return section of Ikea for $2. The cord was purchased there too for $1. And there you have it, from blah, to beautiful.