Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's been pandemonium lately here at the ol' Countryfolk homestead!

Holy schnikes! We've been dealing with medical problems and injuries with both our furbabies.

Our little Gracie has always had belly troubles. She also likes to snack on the neighbor's cat's "tidbits" it leaves all over our property. Grrrr.

I ended up having to take her to the vet and we found out her pancreatic enzymes levels were high. The poor little thing.

Then last week, when I went to take my little Stella outside, she couldn't stand or walk! Ended up rushing her to the vet. She has a bad spine injury! When it rains, it pours!

The vet said she needs strict monitoring. No playing. No running. No jumping. For at least two weeks. Well, have you ever tried to keep a Boston Terrier from doing any of those?? It's next to impossible.

So as I sat at my kitchen table trying to contain all my nervous energy, I got an idea!
Since I'm housebound anyway and I'm nuttier than squirrel turd, why not repaint my whole kitchen?!

As much as I love my kitchen, I felt like it was time for a change. I really wanted to go with an off white farmhouse look. I mean c'mon. I live in an 1800's farmhouse. It'a no-brainer.

After a trip to the Home Depot and the local lumber yard, I got crackin'.
I repainted the walls, the trim and the cabinets.

Since I am a fan of Behr Premium Plus paint, I used:

"Hazelnut Cream" on the walls.
"Powdered Snow" on all the trim and cabinets.
"Ivory Mist" on the beadboard, vaulted ceiling, kitchen ceiling and soffit.
"Awning Red" on all the doors.

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I even put up beadboard and trim around my peninsula. I'm pretty proud of this one. My sweet hubs was impressed.
(Don't worry. My 1776 flag I painted is still underneath. I could never get rid of that! ♥ )

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I left all the doors red (except the bifold doors). I believe every room in a home should have a little (or a lot of) red.

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I added beadboard wallpaper to the bifolds.

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I especially love this photo.
Not because of the kitchen. But because of "something" else.
Look closely and see if you spot what it is...

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I guess all my nervous energy was put to good use.
I told my sweet hubs I'm going to start wearing a tool belt around my waist and grunt like Tim Allen.

Happy Sunday, all!

Update: My sweet hubs and I hung my mom's vintage Bicentennial Paul Revere Copper Ware Collection. I think it looks perfect.

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Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

I am not a fan of white cabinets but I have to say that I like yours. Looks very crisp and clean. Love that you left the pop of the red doors!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Thanks! I think the key to having white kitchen cabinets is to warm it up with wood and wood tones throughout. I love the look of real butcher block counter tops but I'm still not 100% sold on the idea. So I'll stick with what I have for now.

P.S.I must have red in all my rooms.
:> )

Angela said...

Great job. A beautiful kitchen!!! Wishes sent for a speedy recovery for both your babies.

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon, love the kitchen and colors of paint you chose. So crisp looking, love that butcher block table, drooling. Great job, very nice. Praying your fur baby's are o.k. Blessings Francine.

bayrayschild said...

Hi Peanut! So sorry to hear about your fur babies and wishing speedy healing for them both.

Your kitchen it absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You are quite the handy woman!

There is not much I can do in my little Casita so I keep moving the furniture around =) I just gave my bathroom a makeover.

Hugs my friend,

Earlene L. said...

A lot of work!!! Turned out
very nice and looks very fresh and clean.
Hope Stella is getting better!!!!!

Dixie Redmond said...

I'm sorry about your doggie being sick.

Aour kitchen looks SO zwesome. I have the same kind of cabinets. What was your prep work for painting the cabinets....?

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Thanks, guys! My furbabies just need a lot of TLC right now. Which I'll give them. ♥

Thanks for the kind words about my paint job too! I have a "grown up" kitchen now. :> )

Audrey, did you post photos on your blog?! I love everything that you do!

Dixie, to have the paint job last there's quite a bit of prepping to do. But worth it in the end. I wiped down everything then removed all the doors and hardware. I then used a deglossing product (I had left over from my last cabinet paint job). The product is like a "liquid sandpaper." The key is to remove the shine/gloss off the doors and cabinets. I used those ScotchBrite green scrubby pads along with the deglosser. Next, I primed everything. Twice. Then because I went white, three coats of paint on everything. Yep, three coats. Then I used a top coat/sealer. Another key to a quality paint job is quality paint brushes. (those cheapy 6 dollar brushes show paint streaks like cheapy6 dollar brushes) Like I said, it's a lot of work. But it's a heck of a lot cheaper than buying new cabinets. ;> )

Carol Roll said...

So very beautiful Peanut!

Peri said...

Looks really very nice. Haven't used Behr paint but seeing your results, I am willing to try it. Glad you didn't paint the dogs!

bayrayschild said...

Peanut, I pinned a picture of my bathroom on my Pinterest board.


marly said...

What a change. I love it. A lot! Our friend's dog was very ill from pancreatitis several times. They found out that the lunchmeat (ham) they gave her was the cause. I don't know how little Stella hurt herself but I hope they both recover quickly.

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