My husband had to stay in Seattle to finish up loose ends. He joined us in NC, bringing our much needed furniture in October. ~ Four months was a long time to be without my hubby. I was glad when he came so we could begin to nest.
We wanted to make our house more "us" and put our stamp on it. --We tried to determine what items we could change that would make a big impact without making too big of a dent in our nestegg. Paint was the obvious answer. Before we started our work, our kitchen had beige walls with white cabinets. We considered changing the wall color and keeping the cabinets white, but freshening up the white with a new coat of paint. --The problem with that idea is that the cabinet doors have a special finish that allows them to wipe clean...but also makes them impossible to paint. We were afraid that we wouldn't be able to match the white doors with new paint on the cabinets themselves. --So, we decided to dramatically go with black cabinets and white doors.
The additonal kitchen change (flooring) came as a result of a project we were completing in the foyer and living room/dining room. I wanted to change the color of the wood floor in those rooms and sand the floors down so that they no longer had a "bevel". We initially planned on a walnut color stain. Below is a photo of the dining room floor before we made changes with some stain samples we were considering.
You can see here how the refinished floors look in foyer, living room and dining room. You can see we chose a bold wall color for the dining room as well.
It's not my intent to leave the eating nook in the kitchen empty. Actually, I was planning on buying a mobile kitchen island to put where the island was, and moving the table back to the nook. The table we have came from Crate and Barrel as well. Come back and visit! I'm sure I'll have more updates to come.