Expired Ketchup

I can see that there was an attempt to update this kitchen in the past.  The counters were nice, the cabinets had received a distressed paint job at some point and the backslash was newish.  However, the only explanation I have for the adjoining dining room is this: ketchup-fight.
Luckily J. has a condition known as Design OCD and wasn’t happy until the whole things was gutted and streamlined and gorgeous. And now I reeeeeeally want to paint all my window frames black. 

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  1. Oh. My. Goodness. That dining room was…bad. It looks a million times better now!

    P.S. LOVE your blog, I stop by everyday, and your commentary cracks me up!

  2. oh my. That ketchup paint was horrendous! Someone did that on purpose??

  3. Yea, I would be itching to re-due the kitchen too haha It looks so modern now!


  4. Quite a a big transformation…love the counters…what material??

    Jillian {Her Split Ends}
    ~ http://www.hersplitends.com

  5. Geez, now I’ll have nightmares about that fugly dining room!

  6. Totally gasped out loud when I saw the ketchup kitchen. HORRID! Love the ‘After’!

  7. great job!!! cannot beat black windows – so happy I painted mine black

  8. Thanks for featuring my kitchen. LOL. “expired ketchup” I never thought about it like that but I guess I can’t disagree! That’s funny. I still maintain it looked better in person. (I know, I know!)

    Jillian, the counters are granite (kashmir white).

  9. I was having trouble imagining what the ketchup fight look might be, but, WOW, what an accurate, hilarious description! I wanted to paint our windows black during our kitchen remodel but ran out of time. I think they’re fabulous and I’m adding that to this summer’s list! But, I’m thinking about going with grey now instead.

  10. That dining room really did look like someone actually smeared ketchup on those walls. Yikes. The after is soooooo much better.

  11. We lived in a ’50’s house with all the windowsills painted black,(Hollywood Glam Look) and it’s true that once you go black, you never go back – not because we loved them, but because it was impossible to cover that paint up – it had to be removed with paint stripper (lots of fun inside a house).

    Make sure it’s what you want before you do it.

  12. That may be the strangest “before” paint job I’ve ever seen. And that’s saying something, because I used to work in theatre and paint over other artist’s scenic paint all the time. I am seriously impressed…
    with the after picture, of course 🙂

  13. That room looks like a crime scene! Why would anyone purposely do that (and then keep it)??? Great fix 🙂

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