This is what I've been working on for the last two weeks. Almost everything has been painted, or given a fresh coat of paint.
The kitchen doors have been put back up, and you'll see why. Sometimes you can have color/object overload. Even I admit that!
So here we go...
Despite my best efforts, there's no way around the fact that one side of this kitchen, the side toward the window, is slightly lower than the other side. I ran into all sorts of difficulties with this, but just did the best I could.
The most obvious change here is the back splash. These "faux" peel and stick Mexican Talavera "tiles" came from an Etsy shop in India. It is called Bleucoin. Give them a visit.
I purchased one complete set, and they gifted me the second. Thanks guys! Go to their site and you will see these gorgeous tiles in various colors. You can put them most anywhere. Even on stairs!
Here is what one looks like before being applied to a surface with the tape on back...
Love this stuff!
Naturally, I put them all up before I found the instructions. Typical Brenda-style. If I made a mistake and they come down, I may just have to decoupage them on!
Because they are so bright and colorful, I put the cabinet doors back up. Or rather, I tried, and had to go find Volare with his electrical tools.
I have had to move much of my food into these cabinets, because I had them crammed into various places and I couldn't see what I had to eat! It was something you do because this is a kitchen I use, not one just for show.
Here is the old kitchen. Or rather the one I created late last summer...
See how the left side of the kitchen slopes down. Well, it is old. Oh well.
I liked this kitchen. But as I told you, when I had my last ankle surgery, I was getting around on a knee scooter. In order to turn the water on in the sink, my handlebars scratched up the black contact paper.
That, and the fact that the surface of the counter was textured, destined its demise. Same for the back splash.
So here's what I did...
In this photo, you can see a white strip behind the faucet. I don't know what it's called. But I found it in the flooring section at Lowes. It is rubber. I attached it with strong double stick tape, and painted it white.
So now I don't have approximately one inch (if that) of space between my faucet to the wood of the wall. How silly was that to put in an apartment? Now I have a barrier.
Here you see another change, aside from the edges of my new window treatment. I purchased a faucet. Some will say, you rent that apartment, why would you pay $69 for a kitchen faucet?
You know my motto: Love it while you rent it. I absolutely hated that cheap faucet. Hated it. You couldn't clean around the plastic that houses the hot and cold water. HATED IT! And this was a Moen and the cheapest I could find.
One thing I think renters have to come to terms with. That "some day" house you're hoping to buy might never happen. You might be run over by a Fritos truck. You might get into debt and never have good enough credit.
So put a little money in the place where you live NOW. You will be happier with it, and $69 is not a huge price to pay for happiness.
Moving right along...
New window treatment. Hard to see with the full light coming through. I simply used the extension rod, the cheap kind, I had a valance up with, and layered vintage linens across it.
Easy to change when you get bored with the look. Easy to dig in your linens and put up different ones. Easy-peasy.
There was a COOK sign where the two plates are now. The plates fit in better with the tiles.
Just look at that white "back splash" I created that now catches all the water! One of my favorite things about this whole redo is that one simple thing that cost under $10, and I had one whole section left.
Some may use it for something to do with flooring; I use it for a makeshift back splash. They should thank me for finding a way not to ruin the wood back there.
The counter tops. You all know my failed hot glued oil cloth project that took a week, and then I finally flew the white flag and gave up.
There is STILL hot glue residue that I couldn't get up on these counters. If you look closely, you could see some.
Here's what I did with these textured counters that had all sorts of squiggly colors I hated. I used a very thick white paint, suggested by my man Ray at Ace Hardware around the corner. With quite a few coats, it took away the texture, and my counters are smooth.
I even moved the fridge, because it ran all the way around it too, and painted it there.
Then when that was dry, I used a regular white paint, Valspar I think. And then I used polyurethane to coat it to keep spills and such from ruining it. It takes about a week to cure, so it's cured now.
I also polyurethaned (probably not a word or verb) the newly painted white kitchen island and several other pieces of furniture that gets a lot of action on top.
Here is the newly painted kitchen island. The one I purchased for $45 last summer. It was a natural color, and I considered staining it. But I have absolutely no experience in staining. I make a big enough mess with paint. So I just painted it.
While I was at it, I painted the fridge. Somehow I got mixed up and used the thick paint on the fridge. It looks chalky and really stood out. The next day I saw my error, pulled that sucker back out and started over with the other paint. Whew!
I really didn't change a thing on this wall. Not yet anyway. I had to find a stopping place so I could get a few days rest!
The only thing different here is that I took the red "EAT" sign and painted it an aqua color.
I still don't have all the paint off the stainless steel sink. I will be scratching at that for no telling how long. I admit to being a clumsy and sloppy painter. Seems that no matter what I do, I make a mess.
I also bought new electric outlet covers. They are silver. Really this is not a big expense at all, and renters should think about this small change. It just looks a whole lot better than those beige covers they slap on because they're cheap.
I don't know what's with this plant leaning to one side. You know how things that aren't straight "bother" me. Oh well. Guess it matches the way the kitchen leans to the left.
Take a gander at this old dishwasher that I never use. Looks brand new almost. It did not escape my paint brush. I didn't have any black paint except craft paint. So that's what I used for the black!
I just took another photo of the window treatment without the lights on so that you might be able to see it better.
So there you have it. My new and improved (I think anyway) apartment kitchen. Did I ask if I could do this? No. But in my mind it looks a whole lot better than what was here when I moved in.
So if I move and lose a $300 deposit, I'll deal with it. I'd much rather be happy with it while I live here. And who knows how long I'll be here.
Sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. (Did I get that right? I'm not very good with idioms. They are somewhat like jokes for me.)
If other changes are in store, and knowing me, they likely are, it will be after I rest and get the place cleaned up and the dust wiped down. I have had to ignore housekeeping while getting this done!
There was the "failed" oil cloth/hot glue experience that set me back by two weeks and made my job extensively harder. But you have to move past it and go on and figure something else out.
Everyone has failed decor ideas, and that's just the way it is. And if they don't, I'd like to meet them and possibly shake their hand.
So what do you think of my cottage boho kitchen? (I don't recall which one of you coined the word "cottage boho", but it fits I think.)