Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kitchen Backsplash Progress!



Wow!  I didn't realize i've been away from General Splendour for such a long time! Life has been rather hectic the past few months but, alas, I've been making some notable progress on my projects.  😊 

I have been focusing on my kitchen and I feel I'm coming into the home stretch.  I am in love with the stone backsplash. I love the different colors and textures and the depth it provides to the space.  


If you will remember, this is where it all started. The 1980s color palette hunter green formica with honey pine wood trim! Yuckola!  

So I changed out the hardware from brass to chrome and gave the Formica countertops a faux granite makeover with paint and glitter and Envirotek.  Years later, I still could not be happier with the transformation and the results.


Initially, I painted it apple green and black with damask accents. This trend was all over the pages of Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs and it was gorgeous. But it just didn't feel like "me". 

So, I decided to change it.  I painted it a calming grey blue and with the stone backsplash,  I have now the coastal chic look that I knew I was seeking from the beginning!  


I also found this adorable round window in a clearance section of a local home improvement store and built it into the old square pass thru into the dining room.  I'm seriously gushing over it and cannot wait for it to be complete!  


I also found a gorgeous new kitchen light - a special order return from Lowes which was 70% off.  YAY!  So, it is coming together and I hope for it to be complete in the next few weeks.  And I have a few more ideas floating around in my head I'm going to try to make a reality.
Well, that is a brief update on the goings on in my kitchen.  I hope to be blogging g lots of new things in the coming months! It is great to be back!  Have an awesome day!  

9 comments:

  1. Hi there! I found your blog on pinterest after searching for a DIY painted formica countertop fix, and I've been here for hours! I see that a lot of your finds are SO CHEAP...do you get most of your stuff from clearance sections at the big box stores like Lowes? Do they have a specific clearance section? THIS IS AWESOME NEWS! I just bought my first home and it definitely needs a little TLC.

    I can't wait to give the countertops a shot and I'm sure I'll be back for some more tips! That kitchen is looking great!

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    1. Hi Liz! Thank you SO much for you kind words. Congratulations on your first home - I hope you have a wonderful journey making it a reflection of you! I find my stuff all over. Builder Surplus stores, Craigslist, thrift shops, second hand stores, and yes big box clearance stores usually have a clearance department. Good luck with the countertops and don't forget to report back!

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  2. Hi! I love the way you counter look! I was wondering if you had to wait for the black paint coat to dry before you started to use the sponge? and how many coats did you do? Sorry about the questions, I love the look!

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    1. Hi TJ - Thank you! I did let the black coat dry - it kept the edges more crisp instead of having the black and metallic blend together. I kept a paper plate with a bit of black and silver and if the silver became too much - I would stand back to see - I would just dab a bit of black into the area. You can ask as many questions as you need. I was very hesitant and freaked before I started but then I just did it and WOW - I couldn't be happier - years later! ;-) Good luck!

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  3. Love that backsplash! Did you order that from a specific store or outlet?

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    1. Hello Stephanie... Thank you! Actually it is simply ledger stone in the Beachwalk color. You can find half pieces at Lowes but you can usually find it at most tile stores.

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  4. It was totally worth the 30 minutes I spent reading through your blog looking for this photo! ;) Started at the painted counters...ended here. The whole finished look is so classy! Nice work!

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  5. I know you're going to hate me but design should make sense. Before you had an original passthrough that was interesting and useful. Now you have a dark window that looks oddly placed.

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