Friday, January 7, 2011

Lipstick Kitchen Reveal

Lawd, Lawd!  What a year!  2010 was definitely the year of the kitchen.  It has been a slow process, but I'm excited to show the whole thing off.  Thank you for following me through this journey!  I promise to spare you this year and keep my kitchen posts to a minimum :)

This lipstick plan came about because I wanted to make some cosmetic changes to the kitchen, but not spend a fortune.  My estimated cost for all the changes came to about $1500 (I'm rounding up) spread throughout the year.

Paint $60
Cabinets $100
Floor $200
Window Treatment fabric $70
Bamboo Roman Shades $160
Countertops $380
Backsplash $260
Island $200

Approx total = $1430
If you want a re-cap, here are some highlights...

The Original Lipstick Plan

I Painted the Kitchen

Painted/Antiqued Kitchen Cabinets with beadboard wallpaper--
I wrote about them here, here, here, and here, along with a tutorial.

The Window Treatments

The Countertops

I Painted the Kitchen--AGAIN

The Backsplash

The Kitchen Island

Now...Put it all together, and what do you have?  LOTS OF PICS OF COURSE!

Here is the original 1988 kitchen--a blank slate when we moved in.

And here it is now...

Whew!  Hopefully I can tackle the small things left undone in the next few months--a new fan/light, barstools, cabinet trim, etc..etc..But for now, I'm tired content.

And by the way--my kitchen hardly ever looks like this...I threw all the clutter on the dining room floor so I could take pics...  :)  Just keepin it real folks!

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  1. so proud you have banished the 1988 kitchen. good job, jude!

  2. I really love your window treatments-that fabric is gorgeous with the rattan blinds. I did a similar look in my dining room. You backsplash is to die for! Great makeovers:)

  3. Your kitchen face-lift turned out great! What a difference!

  4. Nice job, I really like your currents. Thanks for the follow btw. Have a fabulous weekend. :)

  5. Looks great!! You should be proud of yourself!

    I love the fabric for your pretty!

  6. Looks great...I am all for lipstick treatments and making what we have better! You did a great job! LOVE the fabric!

  7. Everything looks so wonderful. You did a great job. Love your blog and the title is wonderful.

  8. I know this is a minor element but I'm in love with the fabric you used for the curtains -- where did you get it!?

  9. love your new kitchen and LOVE the fabric for the curtains. way to go

  10. Wow! Your kitchen looks fabulous! I love it all and the little touches of red. The fabric you used for your curtains is wonderful! :) You did a fantastic job!
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  11. beautiful kitchen. i really want white cupboards

  12. Great transformation! Love the backsplash and the window treatments! I'm thinking my kitchen could use some of your lipstick. :) Michelle

  13. Beautiful new kitchen and I love the back splash, really makes the kitchen shine! Have a great day, Vicky

  14. Wow, what a transformation! I want to paint my cabinets, but they are only 2 years old. I also have looked at that same backsplach idea, now you have given me confidence (to show my husband :)

  15. So amazing...I love the colors(both times), the accesories, the fabric...You really transformed that room! I also really LOVE how real you are I do that all the time lol

  16. What a wonderful facelift! I love that you used a piece of furniture for your island! Love the colors too!

  17. Just stopping by from the paint party!! I just love how this turned out! Isn't it amazing what you can do with paint and hard work? I just did my kitchen pretty much with just paint and some textured wallpaper. I just smile when I walk in mine! I am sure you feel the same way in your kitchen!!

  18. it's beautiful! glad to know i'm not the only one that paints and then re-paints a room. good for you!

  19. You did a beautiful job! It looks wonderful! You so could have pulled off the green though. It went perfect with your curtains. I am like that too though. I always second guess and change colors!;)

  20. Amazing! I kept scrolling up to look at the 'before' pics because it's hard to believe how you transformed it! Loads of work, I bet. But oh-so worth it!

    Would love for you to stop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint!

  21. Beautiful kitchen! I love it all! Good job! Awesome budget too!

  22. You did a wonderful job, it all look so pretty! And you know what my favorite photo is? The last one, showing your 'stuff' on the floor! LOL! Seriously, it shows you are a 'real' person. Good for you!! Again, great job on your beautiful kitchen.
    Best regards,

  23. What a great transformation! You kitchen looks beautiful.

  24. I love your cabinets, hardwood floor, and window treatments, but I would have kept the green paint. Looks good!

  25. love the cabinets, the counters and the FLOOR!
    thanks for keeping it real!hahaha

  26. SO in LOVE with your kitchen re-do! It looks fabulous and I am totally in love with all the color!!

  27. I love the transformation!! It's so bright now! And those curtains are fantastic!! :)

    Isn't it amazing what painting cabinets can do for a kitchen! That was one of the first things I did in my house.

    I love that you called this a 'lipstick kitchen'!