I really hate it when I don’t have time to do new posts for my blog. This is like another baby of mine which, most of the time, is left ignored. I have a lot of ideas in mind and I wish I have 48 hours on my day. Apparently, this post is long overdue since I have some minor renovations did almost a year ago and I haven’t shared the details in my kitchen yet.
So anyway, rants first. When we moved into this house 4 years ago, the kitchen was far from looking like the above photo. The counter with cabinets on the left was not there and so was the one where the stove and convection oven is. The tiles were ugly pink and the floor was slippery 12×12 maroon ceramic tiles. It was dark and dingy and probably cockroach and rat-infested. The kitchen was the first area in the house that we renovated. Of course, this is where our food that will keep us alive and healthy will come from.
The slippery tiles had to go for Bryce’s safety and my sanity. There has to be extra storage for the pots and pans and a proper place for the stove and oven. I was quite daring back then and I really wanted something fresh like apple green for the walls to compensate for the depressing view outside the kitchen window (squatter’s area.) So that’s the picture above. Unfortunately, this is a house with weird angled walls. See that awkward looking wall under the kitchen sink? The paint started peeling after the first flood hit us.
After the second flood, I had another reason to have the kitchen repainted (I eventually got sick of my yellowgreen walls) and fixed a bit. I tried to make that wall under the sink look a bit straighter and disguise that small door (for the pipes) by adding reclaimed pallet woods. I didn’t like palochina’s natural yellowish tone so I decided to paint them. I still wanted to see the wood grains so here’s how I did it. (It was my first time to do this and I’m pretty happy with the result.)
1.) I mixed some acrylic paint that you can buy from National Bookstore (blue, green and black) with water until I came up with, well, dirty water! I tried it first on a spare wood a and it looked too dark so I added more water (remember, this is more of washing the wood with color than painting it).
2) I needed more green to match the floor tile (see top washed plank), but then it was too light and too green. To make the grains come out a bit, I added a bit of blue and very, very little black (see middle washed plank). For the bottom plank, I added another layer of wash to make it darker.
3) I “washed” the wood with my dark brownish green water. Just like when painting something, applying wash in thin and translucent layers is better so you can easily adjust the intensity of the color. I think I applied about 3 layers here.
4) After letting the wood absorb my dirty water wash, I diluted the off-white paint I used on our kitchen wall with water (make sure you’re using latex paint which is water based and not oil-based one or enamel) and again, worked in layers.
I’m quite happy with my experimental white-washing. Haha! Now I need a pop of color. Using the yellow from our dining room wall, I painted the inside of the shelves.
But it looked too yellow and bright for me so using the same craft acrylic paints, I roughly mixed a bit of green and yellow in white and lightly dabbed it on wall. I was just dabbing the tip of my brush so the bright yellow would still show through. And yes, this is the same acrylic paint that you use to paint on canvass. It quite good on your walls too. 🙂
Under the sink looks quite nice now. I used 1.5 bundles of planks here (10 planks per bundle for P250) plus some old 2×2 wood for the frame. Pretty cheap project, right? 🙂
My overhead kitchen cabinet needed a pop of color too. And since I still have small pieces of leftover wood, I made a tray to organize my other kitchen utensils.
Organization tip: Organize and display your spices using 3 pieces of 2″x2″ wood so you can easily see the labels. You can paint them or wrap them in pretty paper if you want but I was too lazy to do it. Hehe!