June 7, 2010

Blue on a Budget

We recently repainted our kitchen and I was delighted with the change. I wanted to lighten it up and have a breezy, airy, farmhouse feel. We loved the color of our bedroom so much, we decided to go with the same color, Urban Mist (Behr), in the kitchen. See my new barstools? Yard sale: $10 each. Woot, woot!!

Before:


After:

I found the shutters at a flea market a while ago, and recently scored the giant porcelain metal bowl at a yardsale for $5.
The wooden lantern was a yardsale find, $3. The white candlestick was a Goodwill spray paint transformation and the glass was clearance at Pier One.

I also painted my "A" because you know I love a monogram. It was a gift from a special friend, so I didn't want to get rid of it; but it was a dark red to match my previous walls. A few coats of acrylic craft paint did the job.
Can you see those Ball mason jars with the original zinc lids? $3 each at an estate sale. Antique stores sell them for $30 a piece. Score!

Cream and sugar pictures swapped with a dear friend. A new rug for the back door from Walmart. Their new Better Homes and Garden line is really nice.
One unexpected benefit from leaving the red behind is that I get to introduce a little splash of orange to liven things up.
Even though I loved my red kitchen for a season, it is so refreshing to have a light color on the walls. It's at whole new look and feel.

Want to come over for an iced chai latte?

25 comments:

Jodee Leader said...

Your kitchen turned out soooo cute! I dream about having a white kitchen some day and I am ready to paint all of our oak!

Great yard sale finds too! You go girl!

Kellie said...

I'll be over sometime this summer. lol LOVE it... really nice and airy. :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your new color and the lighter look is so fresh and inviting. I had a red room once, but it is so nice to have something more neutral that you can really change your colors and accessories at a whim. Gorgeous room. I love all of your accessories too. Hugs, Marty

Karen said...

Beautiful!

Dawn said...

what an amazing transformation! i love the kitchen both ways... but the light & bright is really beautiful :) i'll be right over for that chai!

Elizabeth said...

Your kitchen is so, so beautiful. It looks like a kitchen from the PB catalog!

Carpool Queen said...

I like the look! It's amazing how even some of the things you had displayed before take on a whole new look with a different background color.

Mich said...

Beautiful...

Love all your bargain treasures too.

Happy Monday!

Kellie said...

Ooh! I love the new color! And I would love an iced latte. ;)

Rachel said...

I love blue. Three rooms in my house are painted blue! Your kitchen looks great! I'm all about the light bright and airy too! Nice job!

Joy for the Seasons said...

Very quaint! I think I need your help with our nursery walls!

Jenn A said...

love, LOVE, the new kitchen color! You definitely achieved your goal!!

Sandy said...

I love it! So fresh & light. Yes, I'll be right over.... oh wait, I can't leave the children alone.

asnipofgoodness said...

We also just painted our kitchen! I know what you mean by refreshing! Yours looks terrific, and those stools, what a great find, and I really love the orange! I was carrying an orange purse in a sheeshy poo store the other day, and the lady remarked "OH, did you know that orange is the new pink?"....soooo funny!

Terri said...

Your kitchen looks so fresh and nice. I am thinking next year I will have to paint again, the hard part...what color? I might go light like you did!

Sheila said...

I seldom comment but love your blog. And I absolutely love the color transformation. Looks great!

Lacy said...

Love it, love it, love it!!!! How pretty. Im covering up my red too!

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Oh my goodness that is AMAZING!!!

Seriously, off the charts gorgeous!!! I love how your lights reflect off your sparkly clean wood floors.

I am LOVING your new color. So, is it is tranquil and peaceful as it looks?!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful kitchen! Love the Urban Mist color. You are a true decorator.

Hope

Simplegirl said...

It looks fabulous, love it!

Kelli said...

This really makes me want to paint my whole house this color. I love it.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to come over, it looks beautiful and relaxing. What is your recipe for the iced chai latte. I just pulled a recipe out of the cabinet myself this AM.~Tara

Gretchen said...

I would have never imagined that color in a kitchen. You have such a creative eye, GOTE. It's a marvelous change. Love all of your treasures and the unique way you display them. Truly inspired.

Cara@TheSheetBoutique said...

That is an amazing transformation. The power of color!

Denise said...

This looks so fresh and fantastic.