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5/24/10

HOME DECOR: KITCHEN MAKEOVER WITH PAINT

What a difference PAINT makes! 

SO, CSI IS HAVING A CHALLENGE, TO SHOW A PAINT PROJECT, AND I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT ABOUT THIS KITCHEN I DID FOR A CLIENT.

Visit thecsiproject.com
visit their inspiring blog


Her kitchen started out much the same as many of ours with older homes. She had good quality cabinets, but they were dated and very much the 80's color stain with prominent oak grain.

Budget was an issue, and we needed new appliances, flooring and countertops - what to do? Take a look and see what a difference a little paint can make.....

Here's her kitchen before.     It did have a beautiful big garden window...


Okay, I'll say it..... it was UGLY....
Note the island here, it's important to remember how puny and dated this really looks...

But, like I said the cabinets were good quality....

She also had this really big oak china cabinet in the adjacent eating area.


She was prepared to sell it/donate it, but I thought it had potential...
So we painted.....    a creamy white - and added travertine backsplash and granite countertops.
And a few architectural embellishments here and there from the local molding and trim store... like this corbel
And we added paint and trim all the way to the ceiling - it really made those old cabinets look custom
And remember the ugly island?
Another trip to the molding store and some 1/2 columns and corbells later....
With a unifying coat of that same creamy white.... and a granite top ... it's almost unrecognizable.
After the paint had cured (Dunn Edwards perma sheen brand prevents sticky cabinets) I hand applied a tinted wax finish (Bri-wax) for a soft time-aged look - and buffed it with an orbital buffer (borrowed the one my husband uses to buff out his car!) to a hard protective finish.  Added new hardware and we were done....

Remember that old kitchen?

What a difference a little paint makes!
And the almost donated china cabinet?
With a coat of paint to match the cabinets, and the same wax treatment -

It looks amazing~
And unites this eating area with the kitchen, beautifully!

So, I hope this inspires you NOT to settle for an outdated kitchen - when all you need is a little paint and some elbow grease....

Check out the whole house project at http://yournestdesign.blogspot.com/2009/04/ana-bobs-house.html
And join our Spring garden tour!  We need participants!     Go here for the details... http://yournestdesign.blogspot.com/2010/05/spring-garden-tour.html

Best,
Claudine

5/18/10

GARDENING: SPRING GARDEN TOUR - Just around the corner. . .


Announcing our annual Spring Garden Tour

with a little twist....

This year our Spring Garden Tour will be a 'virtual' one. 


I HOPE YOU WILL PARTICIPATE - WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS A FUN AND SPECIAL EVENT!


Here's what to do:
First:  Let me know that you will be participating (comment below or send me an email here).
Next: Take a few photos of your favorite garden and outdoor living spots, send them to me via email, along with a little blurb about who you are, what you love about your space, your favorite place in your garden, how you enjoy it, etc. - you know what I want!   If you have a site of your own, you can send me the link and put your pictures and dialog on your own blog.  

The advantage to this is that you control what parts of your garden we will see.  We will see it through your eyes, and you can get close and show us the wonderful little details.  This year you don't have to live nearby to be a part of or to enjoy the show!

I will do my best to show your garden's most beautiful face - and may edit your photos a little to achieve that.  If you don't feel confident in taking the photos, have a friend take the photos, or call me if you are in Southern California - I have camera/will travel!

3rd: Email the photos to me (along with commentary) before June 2nd. (Or the link to your blog tour)

4th: On June 6th or 7th, visit this blog and enjoy!  Any questions?  email me here.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:  Refreshments!!!  Okay, so I can't serve refreshments, but I can post recipes - STRAWBERRY recipes! - share your favorites and I'll post them (if you have a photo, that would be terrific as well)..

I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR GARDENS AND OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES!!!!


and
WHILE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF GARDENS,
I HAVE BEEN PLAYING WITH SUCCULENTS LATELY....

Succulents are everywhere - have you noticed?  At the Orange County spring garden show this year at South Coast - succulents were everywhere... 
I came home with quite a few little plants to make my own little sculptured gardens.  That's saying a lot for me, as I have never been a fan of desert plants or landscapes - or the desert for that matter.  I'm an island girl.... give me the tropics anyday.... but there is something about a few succulents, mixed in with the regular plants of a garden that I love...

Here are a few photos to inspire you...



I love the sculpted look of these tiny plants - and the fact that they need water only about once a week!
So, with the help of my DH, I now have some succulent pots to add to my garden.

Another amazing way to garden with succulents - vertical gardening.  Here, a building turned vertical garden...  a mosaic of succulent plants - no soil, these are actually planted in felt!

You can create a work of art for your outdoor wall...
kind of reminds me of a quilt

they make an amazing outdoor centerpiece
but my favorite has to be the succulent wreaths


Beautiful, aren't they?
learn how to make your own succulent wreath here

As usual, I have too much too tell you, and not wanting to make this post EXTREMELY long... I will break this up into another post.... until then,
happy Spring!
(p.s.  don't forget to share your garden with us - let me know you will participate by emailing me here
or by leaving a comment below...
THANK YOU

Claudine
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