When Anthropologie opened in Toronto last summer I realized I didn't want a mid-century modern kitchen to go with my lovely teak table - what I really wanted was an Anthropologie kitchen! I could keep my chairs and all I needed was the right table cloth and I'd be in business.
I originally planned the kitchen transformation around my mid-century modern teak table, but I didn't have chairs to go with it. Instead I have these very kitchy spindle chairs that were lovingly hand painted by A.M. in '83 (they are all signed). They were very kindy passed on to me by the friend of a friend and I was happy to have free chairs!
I was determined to find the perfect chartreuse colour like I had wanted to do in the last kitchen and was inspired in part by this image which I kept folded up in my purse for months. (I would kill for that closet but that's another story.)
And also by figs which I had become quite obsessed with when they were in season. I first bought them just for the colour, and then decided that they are the best thing I've ever eaten.
I was keeping my eye out for some chairs to match the table and searching craigslist for the perfect bargain but in the meantime I found the perfect paint colour: Lemon Pepper by Pittsburgh Paints.
This was after 2 coats of primer - I did 3!
And I love, love, love the colour! (turns out I love the chairs too)
Painting over red is particularly fun when the other half of your kitchen is a dirty white and you want the whole thing to be the same colour when you are done. (Hmmm, I guess I thought it looked so bad that I didn't even bother to tidy up, even though this is the view from the front door - ooops).
To be clear, the splotchy-ness of the red is not due to the light or the camera, it is due to one coat of crappily-applied crappy-paint. But it took me quite a while to figure out how to deal with it all as clearly the paint-job wasn't the only problem.
No counter space and dingy, painted textured wallpaper also posed a few issues.
When Perry and I moved in together in 2008 the kitchen and sun room had been painted a really hideous shade of dark red. I disliked it so much that this is the only photo of it I have, and painting it became priority number one in the apartment.
I mean, come on, who paints the outlet cover to match?
I wanted something a bit more green but yellow was what we agreed upon and ultimately worked better with the brick and the brown tile. And we replaced the yucky rice paper blind!
We were also less than fond of the "breakfast bar" that cut the table area off from the kitchen itself.
Particularly since it meant that if you opened the dishwasher you were trapped next to the stove and two people could not be in there at the same time.
Also after spending over an hour cleaning the tiled counter top with a knife I convinced Perry that even if we paid for it, it needed to go.
It went - woo-hoo!
I had more plans in store for this kitchen, but these two changes were absolutely transformational and made the kitchen a much nicer space to be in. Then I moved out - into a new place - with a hideous red kitchen.
(*"after" photos taken after I moved out - the Hawaiian theme is all Perry)
I'm Jessica and Marcel has been my trusty side-kick for the last 20 years. He knows all my secrets so I try and keep him happy. We like to: take pictures of all the loveliness that surrounds us; take naps in the afternoon; make/unravel jewellery; read books in a sun beam; learn to cook; and try to make our rental on the main floor of an old Victorian in Toronto's Little Italy look nice/kill mice.