With the help of a friend and her two daughters, we tackled the kitchen. Pulling out previous shelf paper, giving every inch a thorough cleaning, putting in new shelf paper, and setting up the kitchen was my priority. This mama wanted her boy to have a clean kitchen, clean bedroom, and clean master bath before heading home. Mission accomplished! Now let's take a closer look at what updating is needed on a shoestring budget.
First thing my guys did was to take down the "faux whatever" above the counter to the left. Notice the lovely (not really) ceiling fixture in the kitchen. There are two of them. For now, we just cleaned them.
After the guys tore out the "faux whatever" in the kitchen, they went into the neighboring room and tackled the mess on the wall. Before you knew it, all that was gone too! See that drink on the counter! It was the real deal...sweet tea...very sweet tea! The kind you can only find in the deep south. I needed it!
In case you are wondering about the paint color, yes it really is tangerine! This is a shot from the kitchen into the kitchen eating area. Please forgive me if you have tangerine on your walls. It's just not the color choice for me and mine!
The formal dining room was also gifted with the lovely tangerine. See that chair in the corner? The previous owner left it for us. I touched the arm and it fell off and then the other one fell off! Now I know why he left it!
Here is what I love about this house...it's almost everywhere. Sadly, the white molding was painted brown. Soon it will be white again!
We were exhausted by about 6:30 pm Saturday night, so we headed to the local cafe for a yummy dinner. I don't usually order meat, but this girl needed a good dose of protein! We were a mess too. Thankfully, they serve great food and are non-judgmental about dirty appearances and cobwebs in your hair.
Before we left on Sunday, my boy's kitchen looked a little better. I knew that every inch had been cleaned and given a dose of Mama Love!
So what's on the agenda for moving this 1960's home into the present? After trying out a few color choices, a paint has been selected. Sherwin Williams Olympus White is slated for the walls. It's a nice, soft grey which will brighten and freshen up his home. All the moldings are getting a nice, fresh coat of white paint.
We also know he wants a crisp, blue front door as opposed to the current dreary brown. I'm really liking this color from On Sutton Place. My son's bricks are about the same color.
As soon as my hubby, now known as Mr. New Knee, is able to function on his own, I am headed up to tackle the kitchen cabinets. They were white at one time, but had been sanded down and varnished (not so well in some areas). I would love to remove them and start over, but that is not in his budget. So friends...this is where I need you! What are your thoughts? Have you tackled a kitchen cabinet make-over job? Looking forward to hearing your great ideas!
Blessings from Fixer Upper Mama aka Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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