Thursday, January 13, 2011

My "New" Kitchen Colors

Sorry I didn't get this posted the other day as promised. My computer has been acting ugly, well actually, I don't believe it's the computer. I think our wireless router is about to bite the dust. We are looking into getting a new one, but finances are kind of tight right now so we are just making do until we can afford to get one. Which means that my Internet access is somewhat limited. And with three of us in the house usually all on different computers at the same time, it makes for a really slow connection which means I can't post or blog read like I would normally do. I have not been a happy camper!

Anywho, on to my kitchen. We have picked out the colors we will be using for our "new" kitchen. Here they are:

The paint colors are Summer Tan and Apple Peel from Valspar's Signature line. I love the color combination. Our plans are to paint the lower wall of our dining area with the Apple Peel and the upper area along with the kitchen walls the Summer Tan. We are planning on purchasing a faux brick panel from Lowe's to use as the backsplash around the cabinets and behind the stove. We will be painting it an off white color. The cabinets are going to be painted with the Apple Peel color. Hubby was not too keen on that idea, but I convinced him it would look great! We are using black hardware for the cabinets as well. I have found an awesome product to use on my counter tops. It's a painting treatment made specifically for laminate counters. I am super excited about this because I cannot afford to replace my counters and this product can be tinted in like sixteen different colors and costs less than $20! Woohoo! I am leaning towards a black color but haven't made a final decision on that yet. We will also be updating the floors. I would love to have a laminate wood floor or the real deal hardwood but that is also way out of our budget. So for now, we are going to settle for a vinyl flooring that looks like wood. We've found one we like at Lowe's and based on the size of our kitchen/dining room, we figure it will cost roughly around $250 to put it in our kitchen. Hubby will be doing all the installation so that will save a lot of money. I will be getting a new stove since mine came over on the ark and is on it's last leg and a dishwasher, something I haven't had since we bought this house two years ago. We have decided to keep our old fridge since it is still in good working condition but we will be giving it a coat of black paint, again found at Lowe's, specifically for appliances.

I got the inspiration for my "new" kitchen from Grits and Glamour. Barb Garrett is the author of this awesome blog and this lady has a gorgeous house! And I just fell in love with her kitchen. Here's a peek of it where she was featured in the December issue of Country Woman magazine.

I have the same kind of soffets above my cabinet and have been contemplating putting up moulding on mine like she did. Mine are not as high as hers, though, so not sure if we will be doing that or not.

So, that's a basic rough plan of my "new" kitchen. It may take me forever and a day to get it done since my budget is severely limited and I have to just do what I can a little at a time. Hubby and I have made it our New Year's resolution to get as much out of debt as possible this year, so we are working hard to pay off some old debts and extra hard to not create any new ones. We are living credit card free now and have vowed to pay for everything with cash for this remodel. That way we can enjoy the finished result guilt free!

I told y'all about my chalkboard rooster I saw on a blog a while back. I found the blog again that I first saw this on. It's here at Gail's Decorative Touch. I love this and thought I'd try my hand at making one of my own. So I found a picture of a rooster that I liked and drew it free hand on a piece of paper. Cut that out and had hubby trace it on a piece of wood and cut it out for me. He assembled it on a dowel and a piece of decorative trim we picked up at Lowe's. Here's a pic of it in it's current state.

Isn't he gorgeous?? I still have to sand him around the edges and I bought a can of chalkboard spray paint that I will use on him if this crazy snowy weather will ever stop long enough for me to get him outside to work on!! I can't wait to show y'all the finished product!

Well, that's gonna do it for me today. I had to take a vacation day from work due to all the snow we are having. I can't wait for Spring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time. . .


  1. Now this I am going to be anxious to see when done. The colors are very pretty & I do like the kitchen shown ...

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs, Marydon

  2. Donna~ I love that rooster and those colors together! I can't wait to see it all finished:) Hope you are staying warm and enjoy the day:)

  3. LOVE the new colors! Can't wait to see them up!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  4. oh your kitchen is going to be awesome..the color on the walls in the photos look like my color..I have it in the kitchen, laundry and up in the stairwell and hallway..and I love it..very warm and inviting..I can't wait for the big reveal..and love the rooster..may have to make one for my friend..she has a whole kitchen done in roosters.;)

  5. I think your husband will be pleased with the colors when the kitchen is finished. My husband was colorphobic until we painted the living room a deep, muted red. Then he became a colorholic. I come down one dreary winter day to find him painting the family room lavender. It sounds awful, but it is a bright cheery room with big windows and lots of white trim.
    I think your kitchen will look fantastic and may become the favorite room in the house.

  6. That kitchen is awesome, love the vibrant colors!

  7. Awesome colors, Donna! You're right, that is a beautiful kitchen! I was trying to picture everything you were saying so I'm glad you added the picture, haha. I LOVE it!

    My husband and I are the same way. We have no credit cards and we have been paying cash for all our remodels. That's why it's taking so darn long! Just be patient, it's so hard because you want it all done. But when you get discouraged, just go back and admire all you have done. I suggest making a list of everything you are going to do and mark it off as you go. Keep this list. It's awesome when you need a little pick-me-up when things seem to be going slow. It's a real visual reminder of how far you've came. Trust me, all this from experience!

    The rooster is so cute, it's gonna make a great chalkboard!

  8. WOW your kitchen is going to be look awesome and I love your rooster. Thanks for the shout out. I am now a follower and looking forward to your kitchen make-over!

    Have a wonderful day,

  9. You are going to love having your kitchen cupboards red. I know because I have been painting my son's cupboards a brick red this week. His girlfriend really likes the distressed look, so I sanded them all up & rubbed a walnut stain on them. We are waiting for them to get really dry and then he can put his hardware on them. I couldn't believe the difference it made in their kitchen. We also painted the walls a deep gold. She also wants to decorate with roosters. LOL When we get everything put back together I will post about it on my blog.
    I'm anxious to see what you are doing with your kitchen.

  10. Beautiful colors..... We are doing out kitchen this month..... I am so excited...... tired of the old drabby look........ be sure to take lots of pictures when you finish....

  11. Hi Donna,
    I think your kitchen will look great! Many of us are in the same boat, so hang in there! It just takes time and patience, sometimes it's hard to deal with the last part.
    Have a good weekend.

  12. Must be painting is in the air, we have been antzie about painting our cupboards... Hey, I think we have the same finish is yours cherry? Uh-huh, I'm ready for something different, I wanted to paint my appliances red (stainless steel now) but with the stainless and the cherry everything shows every fingerprint from those who touch it.

    I cannot wait to come back and see your new kitchen. You go girl!


  13. Can't wait to follow your kitchen redo. I especially can't wait to see the counter top redo. We just purchased a new wireless router at Walmart for cheap - It's a Belkin less than $30.00 - "Basic" N150 is on the box. It works and we have 3 stories in our house. The router is in the basement and our daughter has no problem accessing the web in her room on the second floor. My giveaway is next Sunday - I've edited for that little oops that I forgot - thanks for pointing that out! ~Ann

  14. Love the colors! Great inspiration kitchen too! Can't wait too see the redo. Be Blessed <3 Paula

  15. Hey Donna,

    Love your color and inspiration! And I was thrilled to see Summer Tan! That's the color I chose for my TV cabinet in our bedroom. We put a mocha glaze over it and I LOVE it! That's a great color! I can't wait to see your kitchen! Also I can't wait to see the vinyl flooring because we are considering that for the room above our carport.

    And THANK YOU for your kind words about Joy. I sure do appreciate it and you for all your visits and sweet comments!


  16. Love your color choices! I can't wait to see it all finished! I'll be inspired to spruce up my kitchen (again). :)