We bought a weekend place in New Orleans to use privately (not for ABB at this point). I had a single week to decorate and get some things set up between all of our guest stays, day job and small side business. Sharing some pics of the kitchen (first is "before" and the rest are "after") as I am pretty darn proud of the results. We did all the work ourselves and "shoestring" doesn't really apply as much as "dental floss" in terms of budget (or maybe "old thread you pulled off a shirt that had started to unravel.) I have more pics of the space I can share as well. It was built in 1850 and is an old mansion with an amazing street facing balcony.
If you have renovation/decoration projects and tips I would love to see what you are working on!
Very nice @Laura2592 !. I love the pops of color against the neutral back ground. Well done on that 'old thread' budget, lol. I actually think that makes it more interesting, fun and challenging, when you have a super limited budget.
@Colleen253thanks! Its still very much a work in progress. I will do a real backsplash when I have more time and my contractor is building me some custom shelves for the awkward area where the cabinets end before the window. And I miscounted handles so I have a few more to install. Plus we need more cute accents. But I was pretty excited about how it turned out so far. These are pics of the balcony and the house. Just gorgeous! Needs no help looking good. I only wish they had given the interior as much love.
Painted. I used chalk paint in a beige color and finished with light and dark wax to make it look a little distressed. It was super easy. I had chalk painted a vanity at our cottage (and need an updated picture) and several pieces of furniture and a pirch swing at our main house. You don't need to prime for chalk paint. Milk paint either. Super matte finish but the look was good for this kitchen. Lasts forever.
@Laura2592 Interesting. I always thought chalk paint was really fragile. I'll check it out as we have on our long term plan to do something with the cabinet doors, either replace, restain or paint. I also really like the dark beige, more forgiving than bright white but still classic. Thanks!
@Mark116its actually pretty tough once its "cured." Water based, so easy to get off as you are painting, but when it sets its pretty indestructible.
I used Retique It/Renaissance (available on Amazon) in French Beige for this project, but have used Valspar from Lowe's on others. Both are great. There are a lot of good blogs on painting kitchen cabinets with chalk paint.