Paint and Lighting: Lowe’s Home Improvements DIY Kitchen Project

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Recently Lowe’s Home Improvement and I partnered together to brighten up my kitchen! This is my second post to tell you about our kitchen DIY project: My work with Lowe’s, painting the kitchen and adding new lighting, and something I’m very excited about, new countertops are on their way!

It makes me giddy and excited for the holidays to come! One thing, in particular, is that I’ll have new WHITE solid surface countertops!

Our friend Jack came to help install, paint, and do some extra jobs around the house. I posted about our shopping experience  at Lowe’s, last week.

Now it’s time to get to work on the house! In comes Jack …

Jack’s not only our retired friend, we find him so enjoyable to be around. We decided after a few days of working and helping us that we’d actually let Jack, and his wife Carol, move in with us! :)

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I’ll start with our front door. We painted it an HEIRLOOM RED using Valspar paint. We have our original 1978 front doors, which I believe keeps the integrity of our home, and it was nice to have a touch up. We had red in the past and I wanted red again. A red front door to me makes a statement: WELCOME.

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Then we moved into the kitchen for more painting. We used Olympic paint with these colors:

Olympic ONE paint for the kitchen: Weeping Willow C11-3 and Babbling Brook D61-2

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Lowe's Home Improvements

Once we get the back splash up and the counters in, I’ll show you the big reveal with the new paint colors!

The next project we worked on was lighting in our home. Up the staircase, and the entry.

Before we changed out the lights.

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And after, with 2 beautiful allen + roth® wooden slat pendants in a warm pecan finish, with a fabric shade.

I love the allen + roth® brand, which is sold exclusively at Lowe’s.

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Lowe's Home Improvements allen+roth

Jack also hung a new pendant light in our dining room. It had been years since we’d repurposed  the old one by spraying it black. It was definitely time for an update!

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The quality and style of this pendant tied in nicely with our dining/kitchen area– yellows, browns, and a touch of teal and green.

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With the existing 3 red pendants in the kitchen, we decided to change up the colors with 3 beautiful teal-ish blue.

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Construction is always messy!

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Lowe's Home Improvements

Lowe's Home Improvements

Just when we finished the painting, Kevin came from Lowe’s Home Improvements, came to measure for our  new LG HI-MACS Solid WHITE Solid Surface Countertops!

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Details to come on the installation. And then soon, the big reveal.

Love the process of making a template for the counters. Perfect idea!

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Remember the goal for sprucing up our kitchen and home was to add more light. To brighten things up and to bring clarity and light to a dark space.

That said, I whipped into our local Lowe’s store for all of these products, because the partnership I have with is to “buy in stock.” That made it very simple for me!

I browsed the lighting section only a couple of times, and made my decision. I’m happy to say that our experience with shopping at Lowe’s was very easy and comfortable. And their staff was very knowledgable and had great style tips! The products we’ve decided to use were top notch, with no glitches whatsoever. So sometimes a “quick” shopping experience is much more profitable and time effective, than long drawn-out ones where you can’t decide. Part of not being able to decide I believe has to do with perfectionism and image. We worry too much about what other people will think, how they will judge our home, or “if we made the right decision.”

Easy Decision and Shopping Process:

  • Make your choices.
  • Stick with your gut.
  • Ask 1 friend or professional. Don’t get a zillion other opinions or you’ll be terribly confused.
  • Take samples home and lay them out.
  • Use your a My Lowe’s account for easy planning.
  • Head to the store and ask 1 employee to help you to collect all items.
  • Try to get everything in 1 shopping trip.
  • Make sure they help you out to your car if you need it.
  • Put Lowe’s phone number in your cell, in case you need to call them for help.

Do everything you can to enjoy the experience and remodel process!

Do you have any small home improvements coming up?

Next post: The countertops are here! Installation time, and why we love our new LG HI-MACS Solid Surface countertops.

Today’s post is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement, who provided me with product. As always, all opinions are my own.

   

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8 Responses to “Paint and Lighting: Lowe’s Home Improvements DIY Kitchen Project”

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    Heather — October 10, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Sandy, I am LOVING these posts! We are looking more seriously at buying a new home and I am so excited about making it OURS…and I think we all know that the kitchen is the best place to start ;)

    Also, I love the prayer on the wall!

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    Marie at the Lazy W — October 10, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Love it all! Looking really beautiful. : )

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    The Park Wife — October 10, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    Oh Sandy, I am loving the ideas. I am having to pick EVERYTHING right now for our house that they totally gutted on the state park where we live. This is our “forever park”, we will be in this house until hubby retires, so I am trying to make good choices, HELP! I would love to know about the countertops you chose. We have custom red oak cabinests they are staining and a walnut floor, so I think I need white, but I was scared to say it. Tell me about the one you chose.

    (I love the blog world, as I was starting to type my comment, I noticed your first comment is from one of my sweet friends, Heather of Heather’s Dish that I mentioned on my blog today, LOVE!)

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    Kirstin — October 10, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    HOw exciting….beautiful! No “small” projects here….trying to finish the one BIG one..lol

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    Tara G. — October 10, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    We STILL have projects!! We are still painting, but we’re going to hire a crew to do the crown molding that was installed and our stairwell. The laundry and walk in closets are on me! :) Oh, and the doors- they need something new on the outside.

    The updates look fantastic, Sandy!!

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    Amanda — October 11, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Amazing colors! Thanks for all the tips!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — October 13, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    Excellent post, m’lady! I agree with you about the red front door being welcoming. (As you know from one of my previous posts, my Mom would have LOVED your front door in cherry-red!) Crushing on your new pendant lighting…adds such warmth to the room! I can’t image the white countertops because what you currently have looks nice. Can’t wait to see! I’m sure they will brighten the space. Now, I’ve gotta go read part 1, LOL! Thanks for sharing!

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