Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kitchen Updo: Week 1

In a way, I am glad it is taking a while.

In another--well, let's just say I hadn't planned on doing weekly "updates." Painting the kitchen cabinets was supposed to be a quickie--something to scratch that urgent itch to decorate roused after the One Room Challenge.


I picked a super high gloss paint in a dark colour (Dragonfly by Benjamin Moore): and I have sixty-five year old softwood cabinets and drawers (Douglas fir).

And rain.

There's been rain every. single. day. There's no room to do this project indoors. The back yard is my workshop.

This is where I'm at:

yep, that's my recycling centre under the sink. Sorry you had to see that.

I want to bring the colour up to the windows--and lighten and brighten. So, as it rained, I spent countless hours last week perusing fabric sites and pinning faves.

Premier Prints Fynn Jade from

Graceful Garden, Spring from Tonic Living

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower from

P. Kaufmann Suzani Jewel Fabric from

I need three yards/meters. At 54 inches wide, that will make a roman shade for each window. I was about to pull the trigger on the Waverly, Santa Maria (Desert Garden) above, but the price tag (plus shipping) stopped me. (And if I am going to spend that much, why not get the Kaufmann which I may like better. But are the pinks too pink in either case? Is there enough white space? Obviously, I am not ready.)

Instead, I ran around to Target and Homesense yesterday and I got so excited. For the first time in my life I feel like I am just catching the beginning of a colour trend.

Navy, jade and mint: I can do that.

I found this shower curtain at Target. I just draped it over the rod on the kitchen to get a feel for it.

Dazzled by the bowl, I'd misread the colours in the shower curtain. I thought that blue had been more of a teal than a straight up almost powder blue. But I think I can make it work. Two yards/meters in each direction. More than enough.

Then, I found these tea towels at Homesense.

Amazing, amirite? Well, OK, maybe I'm just too caught up in this whole thing. They're more emerald than dragonfly. But, they'll be hanging off the handle of the stove opposite. Close enough.

It all just makes me so happy.

So, as it turn out, I am eradicating all the yellow from the kitchen. Right down to the dishcloths. (They really needed to be replaced, as you can see.)

I'm having fun.


Kathleen said...

I LOVE that paint color on your cabinets! Excellent choice. I really like the target shower curtain pattern too. The colors look like they are going to work just fine with the paint color. Enjoy the rest of your painting, I hope the skies clear up so you can get more done!

Rita@thissortaoldlife said...

Using a shower curtain for fabric is super-smart, as I'm sure it's much less expensive than buying fabric from most sources. I'm sewing kitchen curtains right now from the green Premier Prints you've shown here. I like the bold graphic pattern, and I was looking for something that would be OK with our hunter green accent tiles. I think I got it on sale--bought back in early April, so I can't quite remember. I didn't need very much, though. Anyway, I, too, love your cabinet color and can't wait to see how it all comes together.

Christina O said...

Beautiful color choice, I love that deep teal.

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