It’s finally time for the kitchen! To fully appreciate how far we’ve come I’ll start with the befores:
The cabinet doors are real wood and the cabinets are particle board covered in veneer. The doors and cabinets are close but no cigar. I seriously considered learning to love them. Painting cabinets is no joke and this rig has lots of them. However, while I was away one weekend, RC and the two oldest painted the lower cabinets and the pantry cabinets of the kitchen for me. Thus beginning our process of painting almost every square inch of the RV.
We laid peel and stick vinyl flooring right on top of the linoleum that was there.
We replaced the sink faucet with a similar model in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. We replaced the under cabinet light with directional lighting with led bulbs. It is so nice to be able to shine light right where I need it, and to not worry about the light adding almost as much heat as the stove. =)
We removed the lattice trim along the top of the cabinets, just like we did in the bedroom. It makes getting the baskets down and putting them away so much easier, plus it looks so much cleaner.
We changed the lower handles to black ones and painted the hinges to match. I found a dish towel at Walmart for $2 that expresses my love of ice cream. I talk about my favorite kind here.
I found some antique brass knobs for the upper cabinets and again sprayed the hinges to match. The uppers did have handles before so I had to fill in one of the holes with wood putty before painting.
I keep my dish soap in a soap dispenser I found at Target and my sponge on a small dish I found there as well.
Here’s what the dish looks like. It makes me smile, mostly because the first time RC read it he said, “Hello, holla, bonjour.” So now every time I look at it I think, “Holla!” =) (as in slang for holler, not the Spanish word for hello)
I also have a wooden cutting board that I don’t need for actual food prep, so I’m using it as a tray. It holds a lamp that has beads in it that smell divine when heated by the light, my butter crock (which I will devote a whole post to because I love it so much) and my honey dispenser (which is a close second to the butter crock).
On the end of the upper cabinets I’ve hung a basket for napkins and a chalkboard for our weekly menu. I’ll discuss my meal planning in another post. When Caleb was working we kept his work schedule up there so we could easily reference it. And, of course, another printable held up with washi tape.
I covered the back splash with the same paintable wallpaper that I used in the dining room slide out. I bought a drinking glass from The Pioneer Woman’s (a fellow Oklahoman) collection at Walmart and use it to hold my cooking spoons, spatulas, etc. It’s the perfect size for my tiny counters. I keep my most used spices (like the ones for my spaghetti sauce) here in containers I bought at World Market. I applied round chalkboard stickers to the top to write the name of the spice on. I recently changed some of my spices out and honestly, the chalkboard stickers didn’t erase well. =/
The framed picture is a line in one of my favorite movies (it’s a pretty generic line so it’s probably in many movies) Pride and Prejudice. I hear the mother saying it every time I look at it. And I must have flowers. I have had these blue daisies in my kitchens for years now.
We painted the pantry and fridge area dark gray also (Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams).
So that’s our new kitchen. I love it even more than I thought I would. When RC asked me what I wanted, I first tried to talk myself into an all white kitchen. I love all white kitchens, but I really wanted to try having dark lowers and white uppers. RC finally convinced me to give it a go. I’m so glad he did.
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