I won't lie, this makeover was a challenge because I live in an apartment and can't alter the cabinetry. But I did find a way to visually alter the cabinets without doing any harm. Find out how I completed this kitchen makeover after the jump.
Originally, I was trying to figure a color scheme that would coordinate with the living room, which was first decorated with purples and magenta. That was a major toughie. As you may recall, my counters feature a retro pattern of mostly mint green squares:
I channeled Tim Gunn’s mantra as much as possible, but just could not make it work. Once I restyled my living room with the turquoise transformation, it was easy to plan a coordinating color scheme for the kitchen. I continued the same scheme of blue-greens and red… However, I learned that unless done in the proper doses, bright colors can feel overwhelming. Especially in a cozy space such as my kitchen:
I tweaked the colors in my living room to feature green-blue, gray and less saturated aquas to tone down all the brightness. This also led me to redecorate the kitchen with a new agenda: less color and more white, which leads to a more open, airy vibe.
CABINETS & DRAWERS
My first (and biggest) project was to revamp the orange-y cabinetry and drawers. Since this is a rental, I didn’t even want to ask for permission to paint these. (And even if I could, I’m still burnt out from painting all that wooden furniture this summer.) This meant the alternative was to use white contact paper. I wonder if they don’t make this stuff like they used to, because it did not seem all that sticky when I was applying it. Which is great, if it means it can be removed easily when it’s time to move out.
I covered the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and sides of the cabinets with the contact paper. I measured each so I could cut out each piece. Still, I had to make some adjustments, and an Exacto knife was great to cut the excess from the edges. I used less than 2 rolls of the contact paper. Also included in this step of the revamp were drawer pulls and handles. Oddly, my kitchen never included these.
Some people had suggested I fill up this pass-through in the wall with shelves or a piece of painted plywood. But I always liked this cut-out, especially since it’s the only “window” I have in the kitchen. So, I installed bamboo matchstick blinds here, which allows me to leave this space open or closed as I choose. (This is AWESOME when washing dishes as I can view the TV.) Even when closed, the blinds still allow for some light to filter through.
The blank wall in the kitchen has been a source of questioning and experimentation. My most recent project was creating a magnetic wall display by repurposing pizza cooking sheets, Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. The manic, color-loving part of me first went into this project and chose teal, seafoam and red paper.
I really dig these colors together and find they add to the modern, retro vibe. Also, I think incorporating circles and round shapes in the midst of a lot of angles and lines helps balance the energy. BUT… this made for color overload in my cozy kitchen when paired with the accessories.
Plan B was to use the other side of the pans that were bare. This wall now has a sense of unity and even helps create more spaciousness by reflecting some light.
I kept color in accessories like magnets, potholders, towels, and mats/plates. I added more chrome/metallic influence in with items such as the utensil holder, hooks and jars. I also purchased a couple white bowls from Big Lots for fruit.
Redecorating my kitchen was soooo much easier than trying to match with the previous main color in my living room, purple/magenta. I now have a sense of flow between the two rooms, which is a great trick for interior decorating but also key in the layout of my place, since the kitchen is fairly open.
What do you think of the makeover? Have you ever used contact paper to revamp an accessory or furniture?