Tuesday, August 10, 2010

i love spraypaint.

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.
love.

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:
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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:
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and, here it is now:
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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:
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as you can see from this photo, i changed up some of the accessories in the kitchen as well.
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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!
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i sprayed the lacquer tray that holds our coffee maker, vitamins, honey and coffee a solid, high-gloss white:

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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!
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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:
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(sorry, i don't know where to credit these photos! they've been saved on my computer for a long time)



12 comments:

  1. Love it! I am in the processing or re-doing our kitchen. I love the idea of the baskets! Perfect! I may have to use that idea! I just painted a backsplash with black chalkboard paint!

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  2. It looks great~I really like all the gray touches, and the light fixture is really cool.

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  3. The lampshade really looks great, especially with the gold paint inside. I have a couple of halogen light fixtures (that we inherited with our apartment) that look just like that, but I'm concerned about the heat from the lights and the paper shade.

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  4. brilliant! i am going to the basement asap to dig through my lampshade box.

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  5. LOVE it! Especially the wood panel piece above the sink. And the inspiration pictures are awesome. If you look in the background of the last pic you can see a destination sign/bus roll on the wall. I made a bunch of these a couple weeks back for some of my readers. I'd be more than happy to make one for you if you'd like...
    You can see them here:
    http://bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com/2010/08/whats-your-destination.html

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  6. thanks, folks.

    sarah - i am not too worried about the heat since the shade is a few inches away from the light on either side, and it issss a lampshade, after all! :)

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  7. ah-may-zing! I just spray painted my countertops and went more grey on the walls too. You are super talented!! I might send some pieces your way

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  8. The transformation is stunning! The lids have such gloss? Did the spray paint have a gloss already or was that over the paint?

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  9. thank you! the spraypaint was a gloss finish paint. :) from home depot!

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  10. Found you on accident looking for ideas for work. I refinish cabinets for a living, and these look pretty darn good for a spray can. You have lots of patience to spray using cans.

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  11. @ anon, thank you, but i didn't use a spraycan on these, haha! gosh,that would take forever...and probably be a very bad idea :) i used a regular roller/brush on these!!

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