what a difference a year (and a can of paint) makes.
if you’ve been reading here since i moved into my little noe valley cottage you’ll know i freakin’ hated my kitchen cabinets. mind you, they weren’t horrid, but they looked kind of like wood veneer to me, and they just didn’t fit my style at all. you know how i feel about my beloved ‘white’. so after over a year of living here i literally bribed my landlord into letting me paint them. i knew my rent increase was coming anyway so i offered to pay a bit more per month (well below the rent controlled allowed increase) and provide the paint and have them painted myself. i could easily drop the amount i offered on a make-up spree, so why not fix something else cosmetically?
i realize not everyone wants to go to these lengths with a rental, but i’m sick in the head when it comes to where i live and with the way rents are in san francisco i don’t plan on going anywhere soon. i was quite content here, except for those bloody brown cabinets, so i did something to make myself happy. i painted the cabinets with the usual white paint i like — Sherwin Williams Emerald Extra White in a semi-gloss so they’d be easy to wipe clean. i also added some IKEA FÅGLEBODA pulls to the drawers. i left most of the cabinets spare of knobs — they just look cleaner to me that way but below the sink i used IKEA FINTORP knobs since that area can get a lot of wear and tear. i also added a striped IKEA SÖFTEN rug and a few other accessories to play up the brand new black & white. and here we are all finished, at long last. some things take time, indeed.
oh, one last thing — since i’d turned my dining room into an office, i decided i needed a little eating nook. so i got an IKEA BJÖRKUDDEN wood dining table and added my vintage burke saarinen tulip chairs around it. it makes for a very nice dining spot and i can easily pull it out and add another chair for guests. i also threw in a few of IKEA’s new TRENDIG bowls for a splash of color. voilá!
pssst…and a peek at what my patio looks like outside these windows.
• all photos by cindy loughridge.