One Room Challenge: Week 3 Kitchen Makeover

Hello and welcome back to week 3 of the Fall 2020 edition of the ORC sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. If this is your first time stopping by, you can see my kitchen "before" pictures in Week One's Post. To catch up on week two, which shows the design plan, you can click here.


In the past week, we tackled two big projects on the "to do" list. The first being the whitewashing of the big, ugly, orange, and black brick wall.


Let me refresh your memory with a picture.


I can't tell you how many times over the last ten years I have started to paint the brick, and then for whatever reason decided not to. I think it was mostly fear of how it would look, and then also worried about losing the integrity of a feature that was original to our very old house. I'm so glad that I finally found the courage to forge ahead, as I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.


After pouring over lots of pictures and tutorials on Pinterest, I decided to use a method of mixing equal parts latex paint and a clear glaze made by Valspar. This is Renovated Faith's method, which you can read all about here.


On Friday, with a 2" brush, I painted all the gray mortar lines.


On Saturday, with a damp sponge and sometimes cloth, I whitewashed the brick. In the future, I will share a step by step tutorial with pictures of the process. It was easy and not at all messy.






The other big change this week came with the tearing out of the single cabinet over the dishwasher. Let me refresh your memory with a before picture.


Lovey did the demo.



Our good friend Paco, repaired the ceiling and the wall.


Lovey primed and painted the wall while I primed and painted the brackets and shelves.


My plan was to have 3 open shelves.


But three seemed like too much, so we decided on two.


Voila!! This picture is totally un-styled, but I think you get the gist.



Thank you again for stopping by to see the progress we are making on our kitchen makeover. Make sure you visit the official ORC website to view the progress of other guest participants and featured designers. A couple of my favorites to follow are: Dwell by Cheryl and Color Filled Cottage.



I hope you will check in again next week when I will (hopefully) share freshly painted cabinets, walls, trim, and ceiling!!

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