when i decided i wanted to change some things in my kitchen last week, i turned to my all-time favorite tool: spraypaint. it'd been a while since i'd used spraypaint, and i forgot how much i loved it. so many colors available now.
goes on so easy.
dries so fast.
anyway, our kitchen before my mini-makeover was pretty colorful, and i was craving a more neutral palette (shockingly - i do this every now and then!). i don't have a whole lot of room to work in our little kitchen, but i was happy with my little makeover. here it is:
aaaand, here are the things i changed:
first, i added the lampshade around the previous fixture. just like our hallway light, i HATE the fixture above our sink. could the people that remodeled our condo have picked uglier light fixtures? answer: no. anyway, i used a shade that i've had for forever, and spraypainted the outside of it a glossy, crisp white. i was going to spray the inside white as well, but then i remembered some shades i'd seen in the past with gold inside. i liked the idea of a metallic being used in my 'new' kitchen, so i decided to spraypaint the inside gold. here it is before:
and, here it is now:
i simply grabbed some wire i already had, and twisted and turned it around the existing light fixture to keep it in place. easy to remove, and easy to "install". i may end up actually using a more drum-shaped shade (if i find one sometime soon) instead of this old shade, but it was a quick-fix, free solution for the time being. it covers up the beast of a previous fixture, and makes a nice glow in the kitchen, rather than harsh light.
next, i decided something had to be done about the blue baskets that hold kitchen extras above our cabinets. i thought about buying new ones, but after a little deliberating, decide i may as well just spraypaint the ones that i already had. i mean, if i get tired of this color, i can just spray them another color! no biggie. so, i spraypainted them a nice gray:
as you can see from this photo, i changed up some of the accessories in the kitchen as well.
i decided to spraypaint the tops of my vintage canisters gray. i'd already spraypainted them orange in the past, so i figured i might as well just spraypaint them a new color too!
i sprayed the lacquer tray that holds our coffee maker, vitamins, honey and coffee a solid, high-gloss white:
i painted the vintage plastic floral piece that used to be above our sink a coral color, but decided that i didn't like it. i went hunting in my stash of decorating supplies and found this old wood paneled piece that i thought would be perfect in my 'new' kitchen! it's supposed to hang facing the other way, but the stain on that side of the wood was a little too harsh for this area (too dark), so i flipped it over, and i love the washed out wood above the sink. so much texture, and plus, now i have a little ledge to rest my jonathan adler fishy salt and pepper shakers on!
the only item i ended up purchasing (besides spraypaint) was a jute rug for the kitchen floor. everything else was painted! i love the look, and here are some photos that it was inspired by:
(sorry, i don't know where to credit these photos! they've been saved on my computer for a long time)