To think it all started from this little jar I bought at a thrift store.
Yes, the inspiration for an entire kitchen makeover came from this simple jar.
I fell head over heels in love with the color.
The next project I showed you was this incredibly creative mason jar chandelier, made by my DIY husband.
We’re not done (huge empty wall behind the chandelier for starters) but we have now now moved to the other end of the kitchen. What we thought was a really cute peel and stick tile for the backsplash (just last year) now is an eyesore with the new yellow walls.
My hubby explains his process:
I call this my Pinterest Pile and it is nothing more than raw material screaming for a project! Can you hear it? I salvaged this rather grim looking fence wood from a neighbor’s yard, not knowing what to do with it but not being able to stand the thought of leaving it on the trash truck. Using it to make a table, or something requiring at least some degree of structural integrity, was out because it was a thinner wood and just too far gone. But, the possibilities were endless for decorative use. Let the project begin!
The key to using salvaged wood is to at least try and use absolutely every available inch. I don’t throw anything away until the very end and preserve everything in between. This particular wood ended up being quite fragile, and (honestly) I wasn’t even sure I had enough to complete the entire project. Generally, that’s a really bad idea!
So, the challenge was really to just get “pile A” transformed and installed onto “wall C” via my Pinterest magic at “point B”. The picture below is the backsplash we were covering up.
By the way, that was another great idea – peel and stick flooring applied to the wall! Super cheap and, at the time, looked great. But, alas, its season was over with the new decor. These are 12″ x 12″ squares from the big box store with adhesive on the back. You peel the paper off and stick it where you want it. I had reinforced with finish nails, since the tiles were applied vertically.
The tiles were easy to score and cut but just couldn’t hang with the new yellow color on the walls. No need to take them down, and they really were an appropriate back to what would come next.
This was the, “Hey, whatcha think about this?” stage. I had cut the wood to go from the bottom of the cabinets to the top of the turn on the counter top, then lightly sanded each piece to eliminate slivers and splinters. Clearly the dark color was too much and pulled too much focus, but the effect was awesome!
So, I lightly sprayed each cut and sanded piece with an aerosol primer, just enough to lighten the wood and retain the beautiful character of the weathered surface. This also allowed for a degree of uniformity that I could control. I didn’t fill any nail holes and actually preserved knot holes and cracks. The more imperfection the better!
One very important allowance was that I did NOT remove the light switch and receptacle covers as each piece was fit into place. Because the wood was thick enough to render the covers useless if installed behind them, I just made a hole for them. They were then recessed, in a way, and still totally functional. We would later make them all a uniform color – the same “Rustic Mist” color we did on the cabinet knobs. I just nailed each piece to the wall with finish nails – one at the top and one at the bottom. No glue.
Now, you might think that we sure are going to a lot of trouble and still not addressing those gross countertops. You would be right! That is still down the road and will surely be another post. But I can tell you that it will involve a transformation kit and new sink and faucet…woo-hoo! For now, the fence wood backsplash is totally unique and a great addition to where we are headed with this re-do.
I love the character of each piece of wood! The blue accent really pops and is such a nice contrast to the natural roughness of the backsplash.
Marty here: the finished product is amazing! My husband took some castoff wood and turned it into a beautiful backsplash worthy of a beach cottage.
Don’t you just love these whimsical canisters?
There is so much more to come! I have used blue and yellow accents throughout the kitchen and tied it all together with fabric! The kitchen table is getting a facelift and the ugliest kitchen chairs on the planet are getting made over from top to bottom with fabric and paint.
Like my husband said, the countertops look even worse now, but they are 22 years old and are ready for a new do!
If you haven’t read my husband’s hysterical post on Surviving a Blogging Spouse you should give it a look see! I’d also love it if you’d take a look at some of our other projects, including our den makeover, scrapbook room update, theater wall and window table. Or if you have time, peruse my project gallery which showcases not only DIY projects but favorite recipes, scrapbooking, Project Life and my thoughts on 19 years of homeschooling.
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