Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Before & After: Kitchen Bar Stool

Note to self: don't promote a big reveal unless you have a big reveal.  So in my previous post I mentioned that I was working on a piece for my kitchen (to complement my roman shade), with a reveal soon to follow.

Something you should know about our kitchen: it is small.  11 x 11, to be exact.  We redid the kitchen shortly after we got married and I moved in.  It was a gut job (including the ceiling and floors - but the walls stayed).  I'll save those details for a later post.  But one of the things that bugs me about our tiny kitchen is that there is nowhere to sit.  No island, no countertop overhang, no nothing.   

Between the end of the countertop and the entry to the dining room there is just enough wall space for a single bar stool (how sad).  I measured the space and kept an eye out for a high bar stool that would work and found one at an antique store for around $10.  Here is my find:

BEFORE

A great stool, but the color wasn't right.  As you already know from yesterday's post, I wanted to match the color of my stool to the citrine color of my roman shade (below).  I finally found the perfect color - Benjamin Moore's Mother Earth.


And, here is the reveal - the bar stool now painted and situated in small nook between the entryway to our dining room and the end of our countertop.  Finally, a place where someone can sit and visit while I cook!

AFTER

And, I just love Anne Harwell's Courtney Barnes chair print right above it!! 

I know what you're thinking: "this was the big reveal?".  Well, yes.  But in the war I've launched against this house, even the smallest victories are very rewarding and energizing.  Happy Wednesday!  :)


18 comments:

  1. Well, to me this IS a big reveal! Your stool looks great Fran and the perfect touch of color. I must get one of those prints.

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  2. Seriously adorable, Fran! It's totally a big reveal! I love how you matched the color and I love the print above it. Adorable.

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  3. What a happy looking spot to sit!

    I featured your blog today at stylesson.com.

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  4. Sometimes it is the small things that make the biggest difference! Love the color of the stool and the roman shade. You now have the perfect place to sit!

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  5. What a cute stool! Your kitchen looks great:)

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  6. Very nice and your kitchen is looking super!

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  7. Aw, Franny, the kitchen is adorable! It doesn't matter how small it is when it looks that cute :) And that IS a big reveal! When you do something yourself, it always feels like an accomplishment. Good for you. And also, the color match is perfect, what a great project! Well done.

    xxMelissa

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  8. Love your yellow stool - (foreshadowed in the yellow shrub in the before pic - too:) -your kitchen is beautiful and fresh.

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  9. Love the color you chose for your stool, it is so light and fresh. Your kitchen is gorgeous. I am a new follower!

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  10. cute kitchen! love the shade and the stool. and you're right, it looks great under the chair print.pam

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  11. I think its delightful! Sometimes small reveals are the best.

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  12. It's another layer in your room so it is a big reveal. Looks great Fran.

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  13. I could not agree more, Fran. The smallest victories sometimes are the most rewarding! And like Karen said above, it adds another layer of interest to your room--and that is really big in terms of pulling it all together!

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  14. Fran - it's beautiful!!! This absolutely qualifies as a big reveal in my book!
    Melissa

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  15. Yay for mellow yellow! Fantastic color, Fran. And it looks totally perfect with the print above.
    Camille

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  16. I am honored to have a piece of my work in your charming kitchen, Fran! xx

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