Here is what we are starting with. As you can see, I am playing around with color, which I do quite a bit more than a normal person :). My kids' joke is that they go to bed and the apt is one color. When they awaken it is a completely different hue.
I understand that this is nice wood. I can appreciate that. But if you know me or have even read my blog once you are aware that it is just not my style.
I was not planning for these pics to be before shots so please excuse the mess as well as poor quality on the one below.
This is the view from the living/dining room.
I then added wainscoting to the underside of the kitchen counter. I painted it a shade of white that I am pretty happy with called Mountain Peak White by Benjamin Moore, same color as the cabinets. It took quite a few coats of paint, and could probably stand to have a few more. But the difference it made to the room visually cannot be overstated!
So, the next step is the lighting. Here is what is currently in place.
And here is the photo from Mothology in New York for the pendants which I am replacing these beauties with. My stepfather is making the "box" from which they will hang and will bring it to me in February when he and my mom visit next. Cannot wait! They were sold out of the far left one. I had hoped for one of those and two of the hobnail, or center ones. So, impatient as I can be, I chose three of the latter. Aren't they beautiful? I love that mercury glass is dubbed "poor man's silver."
The next step will be the most glaring offense, the countertops. I have chosen oak. I like the feel of butcher block. But I am especially drawn to the darker color of oak. I need to do a bit more research, and saving of funds ;) for this part but I have plenty to do in the meantime. And in a perfect world I would like an apron sink.
This is not a one week project...or even one month. I am enjoying the process as opposed to rushing to the finish line. Isn't that the point?