Monday, August 9, 2010

Sneak Peek: Kitchen

Hi Loves,

This weekend was a bit action packed and a bit relaxing. For months now I'm been toying with the idea of re-doing our kitchen floor.

Our floors in the kitchen are nothing to write home about. They were wood, but full of water stains, uneven color and yes when Bear was a puppy he decided to chew through the floor:

Here is the damage Bear did:

For months I went back and forth with what I wanted to do. I loved the idea of white penny tiles, but hated the amount of $$$ it would take to make that happen. Then I thought of painting them, but that seemed like a really long and hard home project and since it's impossible to get oil based paint in NY I didn't want to settle for another paint that would chip off easily.

A couple of weeks ago after hours of research and trips to home improvement stores I bit the bullet and got some paint!

Here is the before:

Check out where everything in the kitchen went:

Living Room:

Dining Room: You can even see a peek of our headboard thats to get upstairs and get covered along with the rest of the bed and our cabinet doors that come off in order to paint some trim. Pretty, right? 

We started at around 10pm on Friday night and went to bed around 1 am. Then back up at 7 am and we worked did an additional coat before we left for the shore.

Here is a bit at the after:

Bear had to check it out and give his approval:

*Some of you may remember, but my kitchen walls actually use to be that color, which means a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the floor paint I had to repaint all of the walls in the kitchen!

DIY steps for painting a kitchen floor tomorrow. :)

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Blogger Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

amazing!! loves it.

August 9, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic said...

OMG! The floor! Fabulous!!!

August 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

So amazing! LOVE IT!!!!

August 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

What a great colour choice for the kitchen floor! I absolutely love it! So glad you decided to go for it!

August 9, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Elisa @ What the Vita said...

Gorgeous - your cute knobs really pop now!

Why is it impossible to find oil paint in NY? Is there a law against it or something?

August 9, 2010 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

It looks gorgeous! What a bold move -- it definitely paid off!

August 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Hilary Dow-Ward said...

WOW, I'm so excited for you. What a wonderful design choice. Also-looking forward to seeing your bed once it is finished.
What kind of counter tops do you have? I see they're black, are they stone?

August 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chic said...

Wow so much fun, what a pretty color choice!! Are oil-base paints against the law in NY ?

August 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i avsolutely love it! i have been contemplating painting my floors, and you are swinging me in that direction!

August 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

So happy you guys are loving it.

Due to green laws you can't buy oil-based paint in NY.

Oil-based paint is really the best choice though for painting something that is heavy traffic.

The kitchen was actually a complete gut job so everything is new in there. I wanted soapstone countertops, but we ran out of money. So we used laminate from IKEA for $130!! So an inexpensive fix that gives me the look I wanted while we save $$$ for the soapstone.

August 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I LOVE IT! That's my favorite color!

August 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Style Chronicle said...

Fabulous!!! I can't believe you have taken on all these painting projects yourself. Way to go!! Those painted floors give the kitchen new life and remind me of Tory Burch's kitchen floors. Tres chic!!

August 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Omg, I absolutely love it!!! I adore the color and it looks fab against the white cabinets. Nice work!

August 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger liz @ bon temps beignet said...

OH MY GAWD. Love it!

Btw, is that table cloth by Waverly? I bought an under-bed storage container from Burlington that has the same exact color and pattern.

August 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger The Brick Cottage said...

Love, love, love, LOVE! I wish I was much more articulate so I could really express how much I LOVE IT! Gosh, LOVE!

August 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

I am breathless with that color!!! You are the second blogger who has painted their floors, so now I am getting inspired! I have to wait for my husband to go back out of town so I can do it. He get's nervous when I start projects :}
It does look fabulous though......

August 9, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger PS~Erin said...

LOOKS AWESOME!!! Love this look and the color!!! I love our painted kitchen floor, but I think it would look even better on the planks.

Is your sink Ikea by chance? Been contemplating one similar from there and would love a rec. Thanks!

August 9, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Love That color! Can't wait to hear about the steps...I would have been scared too! It seems like such a huge project. Turned out Great!

August 9, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger paula said...

holy moly, this is stunning!

August 9, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Malinda said...

Wow, looks so great! You made the right decision by painting them. Love, love, love the color.

August 9, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Pigeon said...

That looks fantastic.
ps. I have the same tablecloth. Yay Homegoods.

August 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Abbie said...

I am dying over this!! jealous, jealous, jealous!! Seriously, they look absolutely fabulous.

August 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

OMG is this for real?!?! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It looks AMAZING!

August 9, 2010 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Chic Geek said...

LOVE it. It looks so fresh and beachy! It seems like it also pulls on the color that you painted your dining room chairs. Cute, cute!

August 9, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Emily W. said...

I LOVE IT. I am a nut for turquoise anything. It just looks so bright and cheerful, yet cool and calm at the same time.

August 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Awesome! Can't believe you can't buy oil-based paint! Maybe marine paint? It's incredibly heavy-duty, and NYC IS surrounded by water!

August 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Bryn said...

I've been researching painting my linoleum kitchen floors... I'm excited to hear your process!

August 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger my favorite and my best said...


August 9, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Love it!!! Just saw apple green floors in Country Living and wishing I had wood floors so I had an excuse to paint them :-)

August 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

woah, love what I see so far!! They are a great color and I cant wait to see everything back in there because I love it already!!

August 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger micah @ the yellow front door said...

holy crap - it looks SOOOO good! i have been thinking about painting the parquet floor in my kitchen, and i think this might have convinced me to do it.

August 9, 2010 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Lavender and Lilies said...

I love it!

August 9, 2010 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Simone - honeyandfizz said...

I love this! What a fab colour :)

August 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Shorely Chic said...

WOW - how daring and how beautiful!!! i love anything turquoise and am so impressed how it looks covering up a wood floor!

August 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger sara said...

Wow, it looks great, I love the color!

August 9, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger charm home said...

It looks so great. I love the turquoise color. I want to do this with my kitchen and entry floors so badly but I'm worried about the resale and what other buyers that don't "get" a painted floor will think. Good for you for painting it though.

August 9, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Teresa Hatfield said...

I love your newly painted floor. What a great job you did! Beautiful color.
Thanks for stopping by.
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

August 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Your kitchen looks fantastic! Great job, C!

August 9, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger modern jane said...

Totally transforms the room!

August 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Sooo lovely :-) Job well done. Some improvements are so worth the pain no?

August 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Love this!! And your DIYing right about to a vacation has me inspired!

August 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

A big risk that t-o-t-a-l-l-y paid off. LOVE IT!

August 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Today Hilary... said...

that looks great!

August 9, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger simply seleta said...

All I can say is W O W !!!!!!

August 9, 2010 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Design Girl AZ ... Vicki Bergelt, Allied Member ASID said...

Stepping into a project like this you should be rewarded. I can only imagine what you went through before you actually took the jump....and don't you just love when it turns out perfect!! Or even more perfect than you thought!
BTW - I saw the paint on the "butt" pic....I would be green from head to toe!!

August 10, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Anonymous So Haute said...

Wow! What an amazing DIY! It looks great!

August 10, 2010 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger Sarah's Fab Day said...

Your floor is GORGEOUS!!

August 10, 2010 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger MsGiggleswurth said...

your floors look great! i wish mine were wood so that i could paint them too.

August 10, 2010 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger Karena said...

Wow, I am in love and would be so excited to accomplish this!!

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August 10, 2010 at 2:24 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Wow! It looks great! Nice job.

August 10, 2010 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

the floors look so great! wonderful color choice!

August 10, 2010 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Rene said...

It looks great. I have been doing a bit of that myself.


August 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Make time for cake said...

Hi Camila, I came to your blog through Johns Journal who's home you are featuring this week & I am so glad I did!
What a fabulous blog! I am so impressed with your new kitchen floor!
I just wanted to ask where you got your coffee table from? It is exactly what I have been looking for...and I am really hoping they ship to the UK!

August 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger jackie said...

Hi Camila! I found you through Design Sponge's article on your painted floors. I was actually wondering where you got your white Kitchen Island with the drop leaf? I've been looking for one similar to it. Any help would be great. Thanks!

October 4, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

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