My parents still live in the house that I grew up in. It’s soaked with memories and seared in my mind’s eye the way it looked when I was a kid.
But the kitchen had been showing its age for a long time and was ripe for a makeover. After talking about it for many, m a n y years, my parents finally settled on a plan.
Here is where we started:
A typical 1970s kitchen, but they’d already begun a transformation by updating appliances and flooring a few years ago.
I helped them pick out colors, paint, finishes and hardware but they did all the work themselves. (Mom is now an expert painter!)
OH. MY. GASP!
You can see that the counter top is still pale yellow (they’re planning to update it) but even so, the improvement is massive. The green is Sherwin Williams ProClassic “Sliced Cucumber” in smooth enamel satin finish.
Here’s another Before:
I didn’t even realize there was a tile backsplash until now!
Goodbye 1970. Hello 1940…in 2012.
Dad put LED lights underneath all the cabinets too. Talk about bright and airy!
The kitchen facelift inspired some painting in the adjacent family room too. Now the hutch on the other side of the room looks happier.
(Sorry for the grainy Before shot.)
I can’t get over how the wood grain pops against that warm gray wall. Yummy.
(I know Mom had the place spick-and-span when we arrived. Can I blame my 3-year-old for this mess?)
I SO want to sit down in those cushy chairs.
Nice work Mom and Dad! It turned out beautifully!