This post is way over due. Not sure why I’m just now getting around to posting about it, but here I am. When we purchased our home in 2009, we loved it. It has character and still some of the original look and feel too it. We know that the kitchen had been updated, but to be honest it still looked many years old. Well, it was wearing on me. I couldn’t stand the brown paneling that was the lower half of the walls. It made the room look darker than it should, especially for a kitchen. So, I wanted to fix that.
Here are a couple before pictures, these are actually pictures we took of the house before we purchased it, as you can see the kitchen is empty.
Now, we didn’t do a lot to do an update. Basically we torn down the paneling, fixed all the holes from the nails/screws, painted the lower half of the walls (just those two walls), and then put borders up along the floor and to divide the wallpaper and the painted wall.
It didn’t take a long time to do, I mean it was a few weekends of work, but we weren’t working on it non-stop. We ended up waiting like two weeks or so before we put the borders up. Truth be told, it’s still not complete. We still need to paint around the windows and doors and paint the ceiling because it’s a beige color and needs to be brightened up. But WOW what a difference!
Here are a couple after pictures. You’ll have to excuse the mess on top of everything, I hadn’t gotten around to straightening the kitchen up yet.
After getting that much done, we’ve already decided that we’ll probably be taking down the wallpaper and fully painting the room. But that’ll have to wait a while. I’m not in any mood to tear down the wallpaper just yet. I still like the old fashioned look of it.
But it’s a start and it looks a lot brighter in there. In fact it was a lot brighter once we removed the paneling, even with the nasty old paint that was on the walls.