I actually found pics of our kitchen showing how it looked when we bought the house in 2006! Yay! Because otherwise you may not have believed this:
YES! Now THAT is some 1986 country blue AWESOMENESS! Did you notice the cute little shelf brackets with hearts carved in them? Ummmhmm.
SO! The shelf came down. The wallpaper, however, was another story. You see, these people did not believe in priming the walls prior to putting up wallpaper. EVER. And they LOVED wallpaper in EVERY room. So if the wallpaper came down, so would half the sheetrock. Yeah. So we primed over the TEXTURED lovely little flowers after we removed the double chair rail, & painted it yellow. So, then it looked like this: (couldn’t find an “after” shot w/o someone in it!)
Then, several years later, I spotted a quote in Hobby Lobby that I loved. “A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen. This kitchen is delirious!” Had to have it. So I came home, wrote it free-hand above the cabinets, went over it with black acrylic paint and ended up with this:
For some reason, everyone thought “delirious” was “delicious”. I dunno. Doesn’t matter though, because that is gone now. We decided to take the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Low & behold, they were already framed out that way! The builder had just covered over the top part with plywood (and wallpaper…). So, hubby spent one morning tearing that down & it looked like this:
Also, you may have noticed that the peninsula is gone & the dishwasher is in a more normal spot. We no longer have to be Stretch Armstrong to reach the upper cabinets or sink when the dishwasher is open. Woo hoo! I’ll put all that fun in another post, as well as more current progress.
Have a fabulous weekend!