Kitchen re-do

Hovel-turned-decorating-contest-semi-finalist part three:

Of all the rooms, we did the most work in the kitchen.

We were originally thinking tangerine or yellow but when I went to this restaurant in L.A. last time I was there, I thought maybe blue would be the thing- I loved the blue and white in this place- and since we have a lot of white, I figured we could make it look a little like this place, or at least have a similar vibe. We still tried some swatches of yellow and orange but the blue looked the best.

Kitchen inspiration

Kitchen inspiration

This is the kitchen when we moved in. Check out the placement of the fridge. Huh? In front of the door to the bedroom? Also be sure to notice the 70’s era light fixture and the lovely carpet.

Kitchen when we first moved in.

Kitchen when we first moved in.

The apartment was being used as an office, including the kitchen, so there were no appliances, countertops or anything. The landlord put the sink, counter and dishwasher in and that was it.  He was going to get us appliances but we just went out and bought our own after seeing that ridiculous fridge!

Kitchen when we first moved in.

Kitchen when we first moved in.

It took a long time to figure out what needed to happen in this room. We tried a bunch of different things, but nothing worked, it was still not cute and not functional.

Kitchen right after we moved in.

Kitchen right after we moved in.

I put some of my colorful stuff on the shelf and my glasses and dishes in the hutch. But that didn’t look too great.

Kitchen right after we moved in.

Kitchen right after we moved in.

Still trying! Brought the tall metro shelf in and bought a little stool. It was a little more functional then. I also made a collage of a bunch of the sign pictures I’ve taken, which added some cute to the room.

Trying to make the kitchen cute and functional.

Trying to make the kitchen cute and functional.

Little by little we collected stuff for this room. Some of it we bought, a lot of it we moved from other rooms or brought from my house in L.A.

Kitchen recently

Kitchen recently

I replaced the dishes and glassware with more colorful stuff- I decided to use this area for the photo shoots so it needed to be colorful and retro.

Kitchen recently

Kitchen recently

But still, it was BROWN. It’s the same color as the livingroom and we like it in there. Also, lots of people use neutrals in their kitchens and they look fine. But all my colorful stuff (including the new red chandelier that DM painted and hung) needed a better color on the walls.

Kitchen after

Kitchen after

Hung another poster that I brought from L.A.  and put the marble slab on the fake granite laminate counter, and we’re done for now.

Kitchen after

Kitchen after

Now if  we could just do something inexpensive and/or temporary with the floor….