The previous owner redid the kitchen but it was obviously on the cheap. I plan to make some changes to the kitchen by the end of the year in order to spruce it up a bit, but for now it's all about the small changes. One of the things I've come to despise about the kitchen is the vast amount of similar color wood in the kitchen, from the wood cabinets to the teak wood floors. I actually don't mind the floors for the most part but the floor and cabinet combo is a little more than I can handle. I do plan to paint the cabinets... but we don't have the moolah to replace the floors. I don't know about you, but I like to hold on to my money! And like I said, I don't mind the floor for the most part. The one spot that I don't care for the floors is the step down into the dining room. It's a narrow space and it just felt a little too dark. My Mom actually made an off hand comment that I should paint the stairs. Before you knew it (and before my husband had come home from school), I had already been to the hardware store and back. I slapped on two coats of floor paint and presto change-0, I now have a brighter hallway.
I also picked up three mailbox numbers because I knew the white stairs would look a little too plain.
(Excuse the cameo appearance of our fluffy puppy. He follows me everywhere!)
They have gotten scratched up a bit, but I don't really mind it. Eventually, I'm sure I'll touch them up and seal them, but for now I like the "lived in" look that the scratches provide.
This was one of those projects that I really wasn't sure about. I was a bit nervous because once the paint is down, there's no going back. Now that they are done, I actually really like them. I think they have a little cottage charm!
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