Living by natural morning light is not the case here. There is one window, but it's not really a window. It's covered in grass clippings. We cleaned it when we first moved in to help "spruce it up", but then the grass was cut a few days later and we realized that was a colossal waste of time. And the lone window looks into a window well. Some natural light comes in through it, but its minimal. And the view is a metal retaining wall. It's beautiful, just beautiful. You can take my word on that.
Anyways, I'm sounding much more negative than I intended....so getting back on track. I hated the kitchen. Almost no natural light, dark paneling, wood cabinets, grey dingy ceiling....you get the picture. Dark.
Here a few pictures from last year around this time:
And just for reference, this is what I mean by a grey ceiling - not helping the room appear brighter in the least bit.
Well, I can't add windows. And I'm not paying to replace paneling, cabinets, or counter tops. But I am a big believer in paint equity. Sanity in a can some may say.
So, I spent hours upon hours painting every possible part of the kitchen this summer. I still have my areas of complaint (because I'm a perfectionist) - I'm not a fan of the hardware on cabinets and the floor is trifling/troubling/falling apart, but I have to remember we are only renters and this place is CHEAP - but overall, I could not be happier with the results. It was worth every dollar spent on paint and every minute spent painting.
Now the question is....do I tackle painting the living room next? See how dark it looks in there now that the kitchen is brighter? Might have to kick the hubby out for a weekend so I can "surprise" him with the results....