Surprise Kitchen Reno! Part IV

In Surprise Kitchen Reno: Part III, we laid the porcelain tile floor in the kitchen and bathroom. Here’s the ‘hard work photo montage’ of what had to be done next:

Removed crown moulding, discovered 2 colour choices from the past: seafoam and butter yellow.

Sealed off kitchen to living room doorway, to contain plaster dust.

Dap DryDex goes on fabulous, dries boring.

Painted doors and crown moulding outside.

Now for the fun parts! We cleaned all of the cabinet doors with a solution of TSP and water, and then we switched out the brass and cream knobs, drawer pulls, and cabinet hinges with brushed nickel versions.

Before: knobs

Before: drawer pulls and hinges.


The former knobs, drawer pulls and hinges had seen better days, and drew attention in a bad way; our nickel versions blend in just as we’d hoped.

One of the most fun decisions in changing a space is choosing a paint colour! I keep a small tote bag full of home decor lit for these kinds of situations:

Embarrassing collection of paint brochures.

The olive tones in the countertop had us looking at greens and beiges, but gray won the day:

Final choices in the running: Martha Stewart 'Sharkey Gray' + Pittsburgh Paint 'Gray Palomino'

We ultimately we decided on Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart, available at Home Depot. For the windows, doors, ceiling rosette and trim, we went with Colonial White by Pittsburgh Paints.

Sharkey Gray

Colonial White by Pittsburgh Paints

Sharkey Gray: lights off!

Sharkey Gray: lights on!

We’re happy with our choice.

I’m thrilled to be rid of the ‘tole painted’ window cap!! After removal, I discovered that the paint job was actually wallpaper cut-outs, a kind of 90s trompe l’oeil, out of the pages of Country Woman.

Then came the roman shade over the main kitchen window:

We bought the shade for our Victoria Street apartment, and were pleasantly surprised to find that it fits here.

The light fixtures in the kitchen and hall space included 3 pot lights, 1 dome light, track lighting, and a hanging fixture above the table:

before: two pot lights, and track lighting (and a tv)

Before: track light

New track lighting

so glad to have the tv gone, can't wait for the crown moulding to go up...

Above the table, we chose a simple chrome fixture to replace the former, which hung too low for the space.

Former light fixture

New light fixture: chrome!

Our next, and last, installment in Surprise Kitchen Reno will cover the finishing touches, like the switch plates, crown moulding and baseboards. Then, we’ll show our final reveal of the finished space!



Filed under Bathrooms, First floor, Kitchen

2 responses to “Surprise Kitchen Reno! Part IV

  1. Jenna Barnable

    You’ve done an amazing job! Wow!

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