So here's the kitchen before we moved in:
Cluttered countertops, a huge table, dark red walls...
Here's the kitchen after we painted it the first time...
The walls were supposed to be light blue but they just looked white next to all that wood. The countertops were off white - which show EVERY speck of dirt! The sink was this black composite granite, which I found difficult to keep looking clean. (I can hear my Dad's comment after that sentence - "It probably wasn't the sink itself, but the dirty dishes that caused that.")
Here's the kitchen NOW!
The countertops are laminate, and were built by my friend Michelle's dad. He also did the tile on the backsplash!
I painted the wainscoating Olympic's Heirloom Lace (same color I used on my bedroom trim) and the walls are Olympic's Cracker Bitz.
Check out that table!! I love this table for a few reasons: it's super functional because it has 2 little leaves that pull out, it is the kitchen table I have eaten dinner at with my family for as long as I can remember, it is an antique (my first!), and my mom painted it!
After some hunting, and an attempt at turning a tablecloth into curtains, I bought the curtains at Wal Mart. The Better Homes and Gardens line there has great stuff!
So there it is - the kitchen redo! I love how it all turned out. It feels warm, yet still bright. The color palette (caramel/cream/tan/dark red) is cohesive with the dining room (cream/tan/dark red) and the living room (cream/green/dark red). I think it came out great!
(and a HUGE thank you to Michelle for standing in the tile aisle of Lowe's with me starting at paint, countertop samples, grout, and tile. You Rock!)