first of all, let us take a moment of silence in order to honor the passing of summer. i took the kids for a stroller ride tonight and saw a lone red leaf in the creek. naturally i parked the kids on the side of the road and pulled out the cannon. while the children got eaten by mosquito's and whined incessantly, i captured this beautiful moment of the beginning of fall. as i was in this moving artistic moment, layne was spitting out of the stroller and when i told him to stop he said, "my daddy spits. my daddy spits all day long." i just let him keep doing it because daddy does spit occasionally... thus, i had no response.
so drum roll, we finished the kitchen. i wake up every morning and feel like i'm in a folgers commercial. ...the best part of wakin' up, is folgers in yourrrr cup... anywho, i love it. check out before pics here.
i have a pegboard on the wall where i can hang everything instead of all my kitchen shiz stuck in a bowl. evertime you want to pull something out, they all come out. finally i told them, "this is not ok, utensils. it's unacceptable in my kitchen and i'm gonna have to teach you all a painful lesson for this behaviour." boy, did i ever.
we already had the pot rack and the knife hanger, which are both necessities when working with a small kitchen. the paint is not black--it's a deep grey, hello! and i made it chalkboard paint so i can write recipes and what not all over the walls.
you too can make your own chalkboard paint. and it can be whatever color you want. just buy any color of paint and add 2 tbsp nonsanded grout per cup. the grout is super cheap...like a buck. and this sure beats buying a stinking small pint of chalkboard paint for 15$ when you could just stir in some grout yourself and pay so much less. especially if you already have paint in your garage that you want to get creative with. i can feel that you are inspired...do it.
props to my husband for starting on a monday and finishing on a sunday. that guy is a cabinet installer, plumber, tile-er, painter, and filipino salsa dancer all in one. anyway, this shenanigan completely disrupted normal life and i never want to do a kitchen remodel ever again. it's like pregnancy: you swear up and down you'll never get knocked up again because of morning sickness or stretch marks-- or straight up peeing on yourself when you sneeze. and then there you are, pulling out that maternity bucket of clothes. again and again.