It's all about possibilities . . .

When Maureen contacted me about her kitchen, I was hesitant. She didn't want her cabinets painted. In fact, she hates her cabinets. She hates her whole kitchen. What she wanted was a quick refresh to cheer up her space until they get to totally gutting their kitchen and utility space in the next year or two. 

AND there was wallpaper. 80's wallpaper that was original to the house. I decided to give it a shot. Talk about a learning curve . . .  (think nosebleed seats). I learned a lot. The biggest thing I learned is I am NOT a painter of walls or a remover a wallpaper. I will be finding someone local who is so I can recommend them in the future. 

Still, I think the transformation is a good one. It will certainly hold this family through the transition to a new kitchen. Everything feels updated and brighter and the 80's wallpaper is gone. I'm so happy I took this job - I just regret how long it took and it most definitely highlighted skills I need to work on.  Maureen and her husband, Tim,  are kind, lovely people with an awesome dog, Rosie (who I already miss). I appreciate that they gave me this chance to work in their home.

 

 Kitchen, utility room and powder room - covered in this original builder's grade wallpaper applied directly to drywall! 

Kitchen, utility room and powder room - covered in this original builder's grade wallpaper applied directly to drywall! 

 Decorative layer removed. Now time to remove the paper layer. Let's get this party started.   

Decorative layer removed. Now time to remove the paper layer. Let's get this party started.

 

 So much better. Used Behr's Pewter Gray and Bright White for the trim.

So much better. Used Behr's Pewter Gray and Bright White for the trim.

 Pantry doors before. It was kind of a flashback. We had these exact same doors in our old house. Metal and very hard to keep clean.

Pantry doors before. It was kind of a flashback. We had these exact same doors in our old house. Metal and very hard to keep clean.

 Doors cleaned up and painted with PPG's Castle Wall gray.  

Doors cleaned up and painted with PPG's Castle Wall gray.  

 This is the living room before. We decided to paint it as the kitchen runs right into the space. The great thing about this house is how big the rooms are and the open spaces - rooms opening to rooms and a HUGE sliding door to the right. 

This is the living room before. We decided to paint it as the kitchen runs right into the space. The great thing about this house is how big the rooms are and the open spaces - rooms opening to rooms and a HUGE sliding door to the right. 

 This is the other side of the living room. That sliding door is bigger than many garage doors. The windows are just amazing. And, yes, I had the tv on the whole time because they have cable! We don't have cable. I binged on HGTV and bad movies. Still having withdrawals.

This is the other side of the living room. That sliding door is bigger than many garage doors. The windows are just amazing. And, yes, I had the tv on the whole time because they have cable! We don't have cable. I binged on HGTV and bad movies. Still having withdrawals.

 Here is an after of the living room. It's not this blue - more of a silvery gray. My bad for not bringing good lights. Still, the house is refreshed and ready for whatever changes are to come! 

Here is an after of the living room. It's not this blue - more of a silvery gray. My bad for not bringing good lights. Still, the house is refreshed and ready for whatever changes are to come! 

I think everyone is happy with the results. For me, it's been another adventure in learning what works and what doesn't. It's yet another reminder that photography is learned skill and I should practice it more. 

 

 

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Amy J Baker