Sunday, August 14, 2011

Kitchen shelf re-do!

I'm so excited to share my newly painted and decorated kitchen shelf with you all!  I didn't take many pictures along the way since this was my first time painting a piece of furniture and I was in total concentration mode.  I did manage to take one picture of the shelf on a blanket in my garage before I started painting it...


And here it is after I painted the shelf white and the bead board the same color as the newly painted wall....


So are you ready for the final before and after?

BEFORE


and AFTER!!!

So what do you think!!??  Better?  Worse?  Something in between!?  I have to say that I love the change because I am SO tired of all of the red and black in my house.  I've been in the mood for something a little lighter and brighter for a while now.  

Most of the shelf decor I shared with you earlier, but I'll break down where I bought everything.  These mini pitchers are from Home Goods.  

Little spice jars are from Anthropologie.  They were so small I needed something behind them.  These yellow bird plates from Pier One were perfect!

White pitcher from TJ Maxx.  I've been collecting white pitchers forever now.  LOVE them.  

Milk bottle measuring cups from Anthro.  Blue bowls to the left of them are from Home Goods.  

And the cups and bowls to the right are also from Anthro.  I may switch out the blue/green bowls because they are so similar to the paint color.  

Speaking of this paint color.... I get the biggest kick out of it!  Sometimes it looks more blue.

And sometimes it looks like aqua.  Either way - I'll take it!  


Now the only problem is that the rest of my kitchen doesn't exactly coordinate with my shelf.  My plan with decorating is always to first pick a color scheme I like and then slowly incorporate those colors into the rest of my house.  It's always fun to shop for things you love in your colors (or go nuts with spray paint!).  I'm excited to make the rest of my house look more like this shelf!

But that's a project for another day.  :)

**Partying at these blogs:
Between Naps on the Porch
Tidy Mom
Sweet Little Gals
Perfectly Imperfect

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56 comments:

Josie said...

There's not already 50 comments?! What's the matter, is everyone's internet down?

What a big change! You are getting so brave painting all by yourself, and you did a great job! I think it's funny you chose the aqua color and white for your redo- Kathryn (the very pregnant friend you met, who had her baby yesterday btw)just redecorated her house and went from black to white with the aqua. I guess it's the new thing for you decorating pros! :)

Erika said...

love this!!!! you are so talented! just think when you have a whole new house to decorate. eeek!

Lindsey said...

I love the way it looks! It's so funny cause I am dying to change things up in my front room too. I have slowly buying new accessories and stuff and putting it away until I can put it all together. I am getting a little antsy. I am feeling the need for a trip to Homegoods even more now.

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

This is a beautiful redo. I love the white and aqua. All of your dished and pitchers look great.

Debbie said...

ADORABLE!!! I love it Erin! So proud of you. And I would leave those blue bowls. Looks great!

Rusulica said...

Dear Erin,
What a difference. Your "after" picture is stunning!!! It looks like a professional styled it! I read your blog for a few months now and though I love it I don't comment often but I just had to tell you how much I like your new shelf (maybe it has to do something with the fact blue is my favorite color). And I wouldn't switch green and blue cup, they work great together with the shelf.

Can't wait for the new decorating surprises from you :)

Jade said...

OMG I LOVE it definitely prefer the new colours they are gorgeous : ) Great job !!!

The Major's Wife said...

Loveit, here are so many cool spray pai ts outthere I wo deer if you can spray any of the accessories above your cabinets for an inexpensive re-do. Since they are up high they might not have to look as perfect.

The Ramsay's said...

I love love love your new wall!! I've been trying to figure out how I want to decorate my house (for 2 years) and this may give me the motivation I need:)

Krystle said...

It's gorgeous!! I love all the colors =) Awesome job!!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Love this soo much -- going in my inspiration folder

Becky said...

Making me wonder about changing my red and black kitchen! Sounds like a fun project and love how we can change the look and feel of a room with a little paint and some changes. I still remember my mom changing out my raggedy ann and andy curtains and pillows with something more pre-teen :) and helping me learn that 40 years ago. Great work and hope you have a great day.

Shari said...

It's beyond awesome!!! I love it!!! I need to know what the name of the paint color is so I can paint something that color!

I am always amazed at how someone can buy two white pitchers at one store and two little plates at another store and 4 little bowls at another store and then they fit them all together to look perfect.

I would never buy any of it because I would never be able to see the end result. Very frustrating.

You are amazing!

Sara Ancich said...

love the color scheme. The nesting bowls from Anthro are the best.

Sarah said...

That looks so GOOD! The orange looks fantastic against those colors and it really pulls it all together.

Megan said...

Just gorgeous, love it!!! :)

amy said...

L.O.V.E. IT!!!

neuroticmom said...

Looks so cute. I love the pop of orange in the shelf. You did a great job. I did something really similar in my family room a few weeks ago.

ashley said...

absolutely gorgeous! i wish i could Pin this lol

Bonnie said...

Erin it looks great! I love those colors but I have not been brave enough to use them yet! Fabulous job!

Bobbidee said...

The only problem I see is they are BOTH fabulous!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Erin...love your new shelf! It's looks so great painted white with the wonderful aqua background. It really brought out that great bead board back. Beautiful transformation...love the pieces you chose to display on it! :)

Katie said...

Oh my gosh! I love it, it looks amazing, great job!

Anonymous said...

just when i thought i liked it black, i saw ur "after". FABULOUS!!! i love that the bead board adds a bit of texture while matching with the wall. well done and very creative!

cathy

Cheryl said...

Love it! I have a red kitchen and want to paint it but I'm a little gun shy about going totally different...you may have inspired me!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Your shelf is just gorgeous and you have chosen some wonderful accessories to display on it. I'm on an aqua kick myself now. Love it!

Amanda said...

LOVE it! so pretty. I can picture your whole kitchen in those bright colors now. you ARE such a decorating pro.

Carrie said...

Love it. So inspirational! I have that same measuring cup set from Anthro and adore it. You did a great job.

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

i love it!!
so pretty.
cheryl xox.

Larissa said...

WOW!!! I love Love LOVE this update!! (Can you see I'm super inspired and excited about this gorgeous facelift?!) Enjoy your 'new' kitchen, lol!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. I do like the before, but the after is so beautiful and it really fits with the rest of the kitchen. I would love it if you would stop by and link this up at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
I hope to see you soon,
Rachel.
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-4-craft-link.html

Tonya said...

Its beautiful!! I had a lot of red & black in my home just a little over a year ago & like you I was ready for a lighter & brighter look!! I have been busy painting everything & brightening my space & I love each & every change!! Your shelf vignette is gorgeous! I love all the colors!! Great job!

Molly D said...

It's beautiful, Erin! Great job!! I always live vicariously through your Anthro purchases.

Sue said...

Such happy colors! I love that you painted the back beadboard the same color as the wall. It looks awesome! I predict more painting in your future!

Pamela Donnis Designs said...

That looks awesome! My house looks a lot like your "before" with black, red and roosters! But I've grown tired of it and have been trying to freshen mine up a bit too. Love the colors you chose.

Kevon and Megan said...

Such a cute change! Wish I were a little more adventurous like you, maybe some day...

Amanda said...

i think if you subbed in some blue and lots of white in your kitchen (replacing the red) you'd be all set...easy! :) looks great - I love to paint, its such an easy way to change things!

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

Love the color. What a change. :) Love your dishes, too. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on right now over on my blog. :) (New follower, cute blog!) :)

Ginger
gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

Kerri said...

LOVE the light and bright shelf and paint color! I have lots of darker colors in my house...black and maroon (primitive- ugh!) and I am wanting to freshen things up a bit. It just seems so overwhelming to get rid of it all...and believe me, I am wanting to get rid of it ALL! I especially love your bird plates from Pier 1- so cute!

Brandi said...

gorgeous!! i love the color scheme.

Jessa Smith said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors you used! It turned out great!

~Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

rushingforth said...

This is beautiful! I love the teal! Very talented! I have to try something like this!

TidyMom said...

I am SOOO inlove with this!! every little detail would work in my kitchen!!.....I might have to try and find all those goodies!!

Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/great-ideas-7/ Have a great weekend!

Natalie said...

Beautiful color! I love the back of the shelf painted the same as the wall! it is all so stunning! Great job!

Sandy said...

Oh wow...this is SO much better! I just love the colors and the items you put on it afterwards....GREAT first painting job! :):) Sandy

Mandi said...

This is so cute, and exactly what I need in my kitchen! I'm so jealous! You better believe I'll be on the lookout for a shelf like this. :) great job!

Sew Bee It Clothier said...

Fabulous job! The look is so chic! Your collections of dishes, etc. are super!
Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

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Sandi said...

Love it. I too am about to brighten my kitchen. I think I will do white cabinets and walls (to still stay on the safe side) with my accessories in aqua and red with my appliance being black.

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Are you serious? Of course I like it! What a fun change! I like the idea of choosing that one wall, & then slowly incorporating into the rest of your home. Great idea. Newest Follower, that's me.

I scanned the comments, but missed it if it was there... what is your blue/green paint color? Popped over from Craft Gossip. :)

Lynn said...

Wow! That is super. Love the new colors.

Lisa Rose said...

Love your creativity...IT IS BEAUTIFUL. Great job.

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

Oh I love this shelf! Such a cute little piece to try out the furniture painting thing! It looks great there on your wall & I love the colors you chose

Cristi said...

LOVE LOVE IT!!

Tricia said...

LOVE this!! Aqua is my new favorite color. My entire house is red, black and khaki. Like you, I'm ready to lighten and brighten.

I can't wait to see what other changes you make! Thanks for sharing!

Anny said...

This is co cute, I love how you pulled stuff from different stores!