The {HEART} of the Home

It’s amazing how the kitchen has evolved from something that was unsightly and hidden a century ago to being the heart of everyone’s home today. Where everyone gravitates to. Seriously, everyone! We have a hearth room, dinning room, and family room on our main level, but all our guests gather around our little peninsula. We even keep two other bar stools in the basement that we bring up when people visit.

Once again, almost everything in this kitchen is thrifted and/or DIYed. When we moved in the kitchen was painted all beige with latex painted cabinets in chocolate-brown. Latex paint was a temporary fix of the previous owners and it did not take long for the cabinets to begin showing wear, plus, we thought the brown was too dark. We’d moved from a condo that had dark wood and we were ready for something lighter. We started by removing the cabinets on the right wall, painted them with white chalk paint, distressed, and waxed them with dark wax for an aged look, then polyurethaned them. Then, a year later we decided that we wanted all the cabinets on the left wall painted white. Then, we decided to add bead board and paint all the lower cabinets. Skip forward to this summer (Eight months, yes EIGHT, after the second painting session began) and we’re finally done! If my husband and I were on Renovation Realities on the DIY network, we’d be the ones that would NOT finish in the allotted project completion time.
Chan to Mars Blog - Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinets are painted with Maison Blanche Chalk Paint in Magnolia and Renaissance Chalk Paint in Ultramarine. Then waxed with a dark wax. However, I still need to poly the lower cabinets to hold up to water and food stains. The chalkboard wall was a homemade formula I found on Pinterest, you mix flat paint with dry grout. The bar stools were thrifted from Goodwill, but are originally from Target. The copper chevron hardware is vintage, they were found at in Estate sale in CA, I bought them on Etsy. The matching copper knobs are amazing reproductions, also bought on Etsy. The pendant lights are DIY and all the materials are from Lowe’s.

Chan to Mars - Eat-in Kitchen Details

Our table and chairs are from Goodwill. I sold the chairs that came with the table, then painted the table and cut the legs slightly shorter & found these three chairs at a different Goodwill and recovered them with fabric from Joanne’s. The chandelier is from Lowe’s. One of my most favorite thing in the kitchen, besides the vintage chevron drawer pulls, is the vintage Aunt Jemima bottle that adorns the table. The pillows are DIY project as well. I stamped canvas with fabric paint and then sewed envelope pillow covers. The aloe plant is planted in a utensil caddy from Target. The tea cart was in the trash at a friend’s house, I painted it the same color as the cabinets and added a little copper paint too.
Chan to Mars Blog - Eat-in Kitchen with Couch & Chalk Painted Navy Blue Cabinets Chan to Mars - Homemade Chalk Board Wall

The small buffet came from a resale shop, it was also painted with horrible latex paint in black. I painted it to match the white cabinets and I love it so hard now! It’s still a little small for the space, but it works until I we figure out how we want our kitchen reconfigured, we may end up doing a built-in buffet on this wall. I’d love to have a little more serving space. Chan to Mars Blog - Kitchen Home Tour - Details

This kitchen was on a five year plan when we moved in two years ago and it is still on a five year plan . . . so, basically seven years now. We’ve customized it and fixed things up enough for us to love it “for now” and then in several years we plan to reconfigure it. There are just a few things that do not work for us, such as the huge pantry, the fridge location, the countertops, the stainless steel appliances, the floor tile (I’m fine with it, but my husband loathes it and it’s hard to keep clean), and the condition of the cabinetry. In five years, fingers crossed, we’ll re-configure the kitchen to accommodate our family and lifestyle; which will include taking some of the pantry space on the left of the eat-in kitchen area to build-in our fridge, ripping out and replacing the backsplash, replacing the countertops with stone, possibly getting new cabinetry (budget willing), adding a window to the back wall, replace the stainless steel with white appliances, and trying to figure out how to get rid of the peninsula and fit an island in there (super wishful thinking).

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