Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Red Kitchen Has Got To Go!!

Welcome to the Jedi Craft Girl blog!  I am entering this post in the Creating with the Stars contest from East Coast Creative.  It's such an exciting contest and there are so many amazing applicants!!


I have lived in my Southern California tract home built in 1989 for the past 9 years.  When we moved in I painted my kitchen red - Tomato Red to be exact.  Lots of things change in nearly a decade and the kitchen had to go.  Unfortunately, living in California is not cheap and neither are renovations.  It was left to me, my paint brush, and thrifty mind to fix this place up.

This is the after.  Ahhhhhh... just a sigh of happiness when I look at this photo! 

It's amazing how big the kitchen feels now just by changing the colors.
 I removed all the cupboard doors, sanded, primed, and painted and painted and painted white.  Then I sanded and distressed the doors and frames so some of the red would show through.

For the pantry doors, I applied paintable textured wallpaper to the insets and painted them red then aqua.  A light sanding and you can see how the red shows through the detail of the wallpaper - love it!!!  (Click Here for the full details of that project)

I found this kitchen table on Craig's List for $25. Whoo Hoo! It was honey oak.  I did a chalk paint treatment in white (click here for those details).   The chairs were given to me by a friend.  Four cans of spray paint in four different colors = HAPPY!!

Next up, a rolling cart I found on the side of the road.  I wheeled it home a half mile while on a walk.  Several coats of paint, distress, electric sander to the top and some custom mixed stain and now I have the perfect place for my Pyrex collection!

I love my big kitchen window.  I found this vintage looking fabric and sewed a pleated curtain with red pom-pom trim.  I nail-gunned it to a board then to the ceiling.   It gives it the perfect airy look.  I hung the custom hook board above and now I can display my vintage Strawberry mugs.

Sometimes I think my kitchen is too cheerful and colorful - like there should be a birthday party going on everyday in there!  But then I think - "What could be better!!"



  1. Love your kitchen redo! I've been wanting to paint my cabinets, so you've given me some courage to try. Love the textured wallpaper ��

  2. Gorgeous! I want to paint my cabinets so badly, but am scared to death to even try. I want to make a bunting for my bay window area (the carpentry in that area is whack so I can't hang curtain rods). I love yours! I have the fabric that I've been scared to cut. (Notice a pattern here?) I think it's time to be brave. ;)

  3. What a fun kitchen! I would love to sit in at the table and eat breakfast. Everything is so cheery and welcoming. Good job!

    1. I just noticed our subtitles for our headers are very similar!

  4. I don't think there is any such thing as too cheerful :) maybe to a negative nelly lol. I love it! It does look way bigger. xoxo melzie

  5. i love the colorful vintage touches! love the little table and chair set and the bunting over it-what a happy place!

  6. I adore your happy cheerful and colorful kitchen. I can't help but smile when I look at it. Hugs, jen