If I thought March went by fast, then it seems that April sped by! We visited our favorite family beach: Crescent Beach on Siesta Key Island in Florida. Such a relaxing trip! I wish we could have stayed longer! I hope to post a few photos from our trip later this week.
While we were out of town, two carpentry companies (Ashburn Painting and Drywall and Allusions and More) worked together to transform our old kitchen and family room into a beautiful bright space for our family to spend time.
I photographed the kitchen today. I wanted to play with photo presentation–getting used to showing more than one image at a time for a slide. May use this for my professional web sites too. I had fun playing with the photography for our interior since I usually photograph people. I hope I did a good job because I am giving the images to our contractors as a thank you for their hard work and beautiful results.
Here’s our kitchen, :-)
I found the chair at this kitchen desk space at the Goodwill for $3. I sanded it, painted and sealed it. Total cost $9.
Emil, of Ashburn Painting and Drywall replaced the wood supports around our island for a more finished look. He also selected pieces that would work with the country feel I wanted for the kitchen.
In the butlers pantry, Emil and his team carefully removed our plate rack and painting it so that it would match perfectly with the painted cabinets. These cabinets also have glass doors so his team painted the shelves and interior cabinet walls.
I found accessories for around the kitchen and family room at TJ Maxx. Some are practical, some not so much, but overall I thought these pieces added something to the feel of our kitchen.
This kitchen table is a yard sale find that my mother snagged when I was about 6 years old (let’s not talk about how long ago that was). She and my dad restored this pedestal table to original wood finish. I loved the top of the table but wanted to paint the pedestal back to match my black chairs. The chairs are Pottery Barn imitators that I found at a home website.
We’ve slowly furnished our family room the last four years. We purchased the leather sleeper sofa at Ashley Home Furniture. I had sofa remorse this year though and decided to lighten up the space by adding two oatmeal colored chair and a halves from Raymour and Flanigan. I found the ottoman on overstock.com
Some the picture frames that I have on our bookcase are from the Goodwill. I painted them to my taste for this room. The basket is also from the Goodwill. The crates that hold our DVDs and movies are basic crates from Michaels that I painted black.
More decorative accessories from TJ Maxx. I found the rooster at an antique shop in Canada last fall.
Last I thought I’d show this little stool which I painted and distressed. Again, this was a thrift shop find for $3 that I painted and distressed in one afternoon.
I am so happy and grateful that we made this space one that we all love to be in. The kids love to play here, do their homework, and watch movies. I love being able to cook, talk on the phone, help with homework, and otherwise run the house from my new bright kitchen. Big smile on this lady over here, :-) Meanwhile, I still consider the room incomplete. There are a few other things I’d like to do but we’ll have to plan for it in our budget. But I’m not too worried about that since I am a big believer that our homes are ever evolving just like we are . . .