It's finally here! Reveal day for the One Room Challenge Guest Participants! This means you finally get to see my finished kitchen (and I use the term "finished" loosely). First though, did you see the reveals from yesterday's core participants? Check those out here, I've already drooled over most of them and can't wait to devour the rest! Second, I really need to take a moment to thank Linda of Calling It Home blog who founded the One Room Challenge, opened it to everyone, and created a forum for creatives to share progress and support and encourage each other as we all work towards a common goal - finish decorating a room in our house (or a client's house) in only six weeks.
Okay then, let's dive in to my reveal! As I said, it's been six weeks so let me take you back and remind you of what I started with...
...a wall colour that I referred to as "nicotine yellow" that had patched holes all over it, cabinets with scratches, dents and chipped paint, and a massive fridge that looked completely disconnected from the rest of the counter/prep area. Here again are the before pictures:
And now, the after pictures (sources will be listed at the end of the post). I'll take you around the room in the same direction as the before photos for a direct comparison:
I had a few set-backs that prevented me from shooting my photos during daylight hours so what you're seeing are my dark, shadowy, moody evening photos. I like how the dark grey walls make the space feel cozier; before, the room seemed too big. I didn't get a chance to address lighting due to budget, but I'm not upset about that, it gives me something to work on and share with you in a future post. I'll be changing the ceiling fixture and adding spotlights under the cabinets in time.
One of my favourite additions to my kitchen is the island and cookbook shelf, both from IKEA. I was hoping that the microwave would fit top shelf (underneath the butcher block top) but truth be told I like not having to bend down anymore when using it. Even though my fridge still looks disconnected from the rest of the kitchen, I think I've helped to tie it back in a little with this white island and white shelf. I strategically measured the distance between top of island and bottom of shelf to match the distance between countertop and bottom of the upper cabinets so that your eye travels from the shelf, across the window, and back over to the cupboards seamlessly.
My kitchen table is very old and I'm really tired of it, and before I started this challenge I thought I might paint it, but once I painted the walls grey I started to like how the wood tone warmed up the space. It's temporary anyway until I give my dining room a makeover (and if I can save up enough money, the dining room will be my Spring 2016 One Room Challenge project!). It's also amazing what I little styling can do - setting the table and changing the chairs makes the table look new. (Confession: the chairs are for the photos only! The Pressback chairs are moving back in, I don't have anywhere else to store them, not to mention I only have two ghost chairs and need seating for when the kids are here.)
My absolute favourite change in here is the hardware switch-out I did. I went from having chrome knobs to brass pulls. A couple of before-and-after photos:
Not only do the brass pulls look nicer, they are easier to grasp to open the cupboards and drawers.
If you've been following my progress closely then you might be wondering - where the cookbook wall art at?!! Well, not only did I run out of time, but I also got nervous about what was behind that part of the wall I wanted to drill into. But in time it will come. I have so many cookbooks and their covers are gorgeous so this will happen. I also want to look for a rug, switch the handle on the fridge to the right side, change/add lighting, and put up a roman shade on the window. Oh, and I also didn't put up my bicycle art. I'd like to take some time to source something more to scale since the wall the table is up against is so large. All in time.
Thank you for following me on this journey! I swear, if it wasn't for the encouragement and support from you, friends, week after week, through comments on the blog and Instagram, mentions on Twitter and following my progress on Snapchat (lesley_metcalfe), I may not have been motivated to keep up my crazy schedule to get this done. Let's stay connected! Now I'm off to check out the reveals from my fellow guest participants! Visit Calling It Home for links to all the reveals.
Oh, the dreaded Week 4 of the One Room Challenge! The week where you realize you should have done more by now, because you really only have one week left to get it all done since you need that final week for finishing touches, styling and photography. Gahhh! But it's okay, I managed to get a TON of work done this week. As you may recall, I decided to switch my hardware from knobs to pulls, so this week I drilled new holes, patched the unnecessary ones, sanded down all surfaces, then slapped down two coats of paint on all the cabinets and drawers. Totally thought it was going to take three coats, so I'm feeling a little bit like the fist-pump baby and created this meme to celebrate:
And I still have half a gallon of paint left over! Amazing.
Here are some photos of this week's work.
After removing the knobs; after applying wood filler:
Centre hole from knob filled, new holes for pulls drilled (and one pull installed to check that the measurements are correct):
Ahh, fresh white everywhere:
I can't wait to show you more! Painting the cabinets from a dirty, off-white to a fresh, crisp and clean bright white is making a world of difference. However, it's not making a huge impact to the space yet. Once I get the hardware up (I'm waiting for the cabinets to be 100% dry) and get the grey paint on the walls, the impact is going to be ENORMOUS. Stick with me, folks - I promise to have more exciting pictures coming soon!
I will leave you with a little teaser of some art I plan to hang on the wall:
This piece is in two parts, made of metal and shadowboxed on a reclaimed wood backdrop. Can you believe I got this at HomeSense?!! It was my best find yet. I'm going to include this in my gallery wall. In case you didn't already sense it, there is going to be an eclectic, rustic, antique vibe to the gallery wall. I can't wait to show you more!
Have you seen what the 20 core ORC participants are doing? (Hint: making progress in leaps and bounds!) Check them out here.
And please don't forget to see how my fellow guest participants are progressing! Witness all of that design eye candy here.
I've been posting a lot of live and behind-the-scenes updates on Snapchat, follow along for mid-week progress updates by connecting with me at lesley_metcalfe.