Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Feeling Stripey

One of the walls in our kitchen got a small makeover last week. I have envisioned painting stripes somewhere in this little house of ours for awhile now and I finally made my vision a reality. Of course, I had my dear husband do all of the math. Thank goodness he has a brain that works well with numbers because this little lady's brain doesn't. Poo.

Anyhoo, I knew I wanted the stripes to be on the bigger side and I also knew that I wanted a gray stripe flanking the ceiling and floor trim, thus not to compete with those whites.

David offered me up some sizes and I picked one I liked. He went along with my cooky plan to start taping and painting at 5 p.m. on a Sunday. Bless his heart for putting up with me.

After he measured a line, I used that green frog tape to tape it off.

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Finally I was the designated painter and our paint of choice was Behr's primer + paint color matched to Sherwin Williams' Alabaster. We used that color on our cabinets so I figured keeping the stripes the same color would be beneficial for everything involved. We chose the primer + paint because the white paint was going over the gray paint and I knew that it may be tough to cover. I'm happy to report that it only took two coats.

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It took about an hour to paint and the next day I touched up any seepage due to my clumsy painting.

Next up, was a new vignette. I was a lucky duck and scored a campaign dresser via craigslist earlier in the week! I had been searching for months and was elated to find it!

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I knew exactly where I wanted it to go and spent hours cleaning the brass hardware to get it shiny again. That was quite the undertaking.

The picture below shows the hardware after I cleaned it {on the left}, and the hardware like I bought it {on the right}.

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My trick? Bar keepers friend and a fair amount of good old fashioned elbow grease.

My bare hands did the work and I am paying for it now. They were peeling like they'd been sunburned--whoops. I've been lotioning them like crazy to bring them back to some resemblance of their mere 28 years of age.

I've got more to share with you about the lamp and artwork you see on the dresser but that's for another day and post. It's coming soon--promise.

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xoxo

46 comments:

Amanda @ Heart Tree Home said...

OMGOSH I love it! It looks awesome! I passed up a campaign dresser at a thrift store the other day because I wasn't positive I wanted it, and didn't know how I'd get it home. I went back the next day and it was gone :-( Serves me right! But I love what you've done with the kitchen!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Looks fab, and I'm super jealous of your campaign dresser. :)

pk @ Room Remix said...

I love it. It makes such a wow statement in your kitchen! The campaign dresser is pretty fab too (as well as the vignette). Great job!

Brand New and Beautiful said...

Looks great! Love that you used furniture in your kitchen.

Krista & Ben said...

Love love love the stripes and the dresser even more! I aspire to achieve a similar feel in my dining room/kitchen! I too have been stalking Craiglist for a while now for a campaign dresser turned sideboard. I hope I end up with one a nice as yours!

Allison aka Half of VAMH said...

Oooh I love it! I really want to get on the horizontal stripe train before its too late!

That dress is a great find, beautiful!

Pigeon said...

I love the stripes, and the campaign dresser. I tried to do gray and white stripes in our bathroom....but I got the math wrong...and I couldn't get the tape level...then I gave up and painted it yellow instead. But yours looks lovely.

Eli said...

Those stripes looks amazing!! Your hubby should do a guest post on his tricks of the perfect alignment/math ;) What are you keeping inside the dresser/using it for?

Kerry said...

Looks awesome Joi... then again, I've always loved your kitchen! great work!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Your stripes look fabulous! I'm a big fan of wall stripes... we've got some in our office but if the hubby would let me, they'd go on every wall in our house! Too cute :)

Anne said...

Looks great! Such a sophisticated kitchen.

I am a lover of stripes as well but didn't quite dare do them anywhere in the main part of the house as I am a perfectionist but somehow have issues with being able to create straight lines.... So I did them in the basement and love them: http://copy-craft.blogspot.com/2010/11/craft-center.html

Shannon said...

I would never think to put a piece like that in my kitchen, but I guess that's why you're super famous :) It looks awesome, especially with your island. Oh and the stripes! If I asked my husband to do that at all, let alone at 5pm on a Sunday, it would never happen. You've got a keeper.

Jenny Nicole said...

Love it! Absolutely stunning!

other-option said...

Love it! That lamp is awesome and the campaign dresser is impeccable - you're so lucky to have found it on CL. Of course, you would know what's good in your 'hood, wouldn't you?!
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

The campaign dresser looks amazing against those stripes. How much was the dresser...wait...can I ask that? I like it anyway!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Sing said...

Love the stripes. The kitchen looks so warm and cozy.

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AnaLisa said...

Wow! Love the striped wall. I smiled when you mentioned your husband putting up with your taping. I presented this idea to mine and he simply did not understand. Now I can show him this picture. Looks great!

Megan said...

Wow - Looks awesome. I am so jealous of that dresser! I love that you used it in your kitchen. I think that I am going to have to add stripes to my house now... just need to think of where :)

Lynett said...

Wow, wow, wow! It looks amazing Joi! And what a steal on that dresser! You are the craigslist queen!

Lucky Girl said...

Gorgeous Joi! I really like how the wood countertop on the island now jives with the dresser!

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Looks great! I wish I had some of your motivation!! I was hoping to sell my old dresser on CL..but the gal was a no show to come by..urgh!! Thanks for sharing!
Maureen

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Looks fabulous!!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Yep - it looks amazing!!!!

Way to go girl. I love it!

Aja said...

Joi, I love it!! The wall looks fantastic, especially with your new dresser! Can't wait to hear more about the artwork! Great job. :)

Caitlin at the Desert Domicile said...

I love that campaign dresser and those stripes! I've been wanting to paint stripes down our long hallway but with stucco walls, I think there would be more touchups that I care to think about haha

Becca said...

The wall looks INCREDIBLE! You did such a good job.

margie said...

OMG!! Your kitchen is amazing!!! You did a great job! Maybe if I had this kitchen I would actually do some cooking....or not for fear of messing it up ;/

Megan Elizabeth said...

The stripes look amazing! You did such a great job!
I'm thinking about doing some thick stripes on the ceiling in my bedroom.

jonalynn said...

I am dying right now! This is soooooooooooooooo fab! I have a thing for stripes right now, too.

Yeah for significant others doing the math. My fiance is a mechanical engineer and in charge of all the calculations in our decorating endeavors!

You've also reinforced how much I love campaign furniture. The beauties still elude me, but they will be mine one day!

Again, such an incredible job!

Suzie said...

That is amazing, girl. Freaking awesome!

Tami said...

I've been trying to find a campaign piece for months! I keep missing it by just that much! arghhhhh. Beautiful!

Sharstin said...

you never cease to amaze me! i love that wall, and all the fun accessories!

Oonafey said...

I am definitely loving the stripey wall, it's super fab! That lamp is ridiculously awesome too.

You did a wonderful job on the dresser, it looks brand new!

emily said...

That looks absolutely fabulous. The stripes and dresser and just perfection. Your kitchen is just stunning.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I'm OBSESSED with your dresser. I want one. Really bad. It looks so great - like that's a surprise. You are so talented. Love the colors of the stripes you chose, too.

CHECKS AND SPOTS said...

Oh! My! Goodness!! It looks absolutely incredible. What an amazing vision you had to see how this could come together....I love the colours in your towels as well!

Ps: Thought the giveaway I'm currently running might tickle your fancy! http://checksandspots.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaway-giveaway-giveaway.html

Debra said...

You think up the greatest stuff...love the new stripes!!

Melissa said...

GORGEOUS!! I love the pops of pink---- my favorite! we just repainted our kitchen a dark gray, I love it!

Real Housewife in MN said...

Oh my goodness. Love the grey/white combo. The pops of yellow/pink are such a fun color scheme. Fantastic job!

Haydee said...

I love this! What color is that gray? So so beautiful thanks for sharing.

L i z a said...

Joi you're so talented. I love your style. It looks awesome.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

LOVE THIS!!! Great job!

Hello My Pretties said...

Stunning room!

seedanado said...

I love how the stripes pull in your white cabinets. Yet another brilliant design move. keep going!

Lovely Little Nest said...

oooh this looks amazing! LOVE the stripes ~ your kitchen looks so fun and homey! :)

Marissa Banks said...

It looks great!

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