Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Valances and an Old Chandelier

Last year, we had a kitchen makeover…new cabinet doors were made and the walls got a fresh coat of paint.  This is what the area above my sink looked like after we finished painting.

What I wouldn’t give to be able to get rid of the air conditioner in the window…unfortunately, I live in an older home and we don’t have central heating and cooling.  One good thing about it though…when the hot flashes hit, it sure is wonderful to walk in front of the air conditioner and feel all that cold air!

kitchen sink1

After the painting was finished, the hunt began for new window treatments!

My countertop is pink and it’s about 20 years old.  I love it just as much today as I did when I picked it out many years ago.  My husband tried to talk me into a new countertop last year when we painted, but nope…I told him no new countertop until I could find one the same color pink!  I admit it, I’m obsessed with the color pink and believe you can never have too much of it! 

I wanted to find valances that would work with the countertop and finally found the perfect ones last week on eBay.  Of course, they’re pink too!


This vintage chandelier was also an eBay find many years ago and hung in my living room until we replaced it with a ceiling fan.  I know many people don’t like ceiling fans, but here in the South, they sure do help when it’s so hot!  It’s been packed in my closet for months and I finally pulled it out and decided to give it a facelift too.


After removing all the prisms, I spray painted it with primer.  Then it got two coats of Rustoleum paint in Satin White.  Imagine my sweet husband’s face when he came in that afternoon and saw the chandelier hanging from a tree branch in the front yard so I could paint it!

When it was dry, I brought it in the house and mixed pink and cream paints together for a very soft pink color.  This was handpainted on the flower rosettes.  I hung it from a coat hanger to completely dry overnight.


You can see the pink rosettes here.


Now imagine the look on my husband’s face when I asked him to hang the chandelier over my kitchen sink!  He gave me this look like I had lost my mind!  He kept trying to tell me that it was too big and I would constantly bang my head on it when I’m working at the sink.

Well, he finally agreed to hang it for me…he’s such a sweetie!  So the area over my sink received a little mini makeover this past weekend…new valances and a new (old) chandelier.

after sink

I love all the extra light in my kitchen now!

after sink2

In fact, I’m just “tickled pink” with my new valances and the chandelier!

after sink3

Oh, and so far…I haven’t hit it once when I’ve been standing at the sink!  Told you I wouldn’t honey!

after sink1

I’m joining up with these parties:

Rhonda at Blue Creek Home for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you’ll come back soon.



lvroftiques said...

I think that chandelier makes the space!! I'm a pink lover too but don't have much at my house *le sigh* And I LOVE your pink counter tops!! Good for you for keeping them! Now I want some too! *winks* Vanna

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I LOVE that sweet chandy over the sink!!! It just MAKES the spot!! And i do agree with you on your pink countertops. They are lovely and have a real cozy feel to them!!
You have to do what makes you happy in your home and not what everyone else thinks will make you happy!!


Rhonda said...

I hope you can find the same color pink when you replace your countertops - it is so pretty.
The chandelier just makes the area even more romantic! I would just be hanging out at my kitchen sink all day long.
Thanks for coming to THT.

Shelia said...

What a sweet area! Love your new chandy and valances. I would love an air conditioner in front of my sink, since I spend so much time in there! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

LV said...

I think you have done a great job and still have plenty pink.

Pamela said...

Super cute!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your pretty chandy and new valance both look wonderful! The chandy is so cute it would be worth it even if you did bump your head occasionally. lol

Light and Voices said...

I was tickled Pink to see your kitchen redone.
Joyce M

Love Of Quilts said...

Your curtains look so good....really made this spot cozy. Trish

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oooh, you have the prettiest kitchen! Happy Pink Saturday! Twyla

Melody said...

What a great makeover! The chandelier is perfect and those valences pop.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing like a kitchen makeover to make a girl feel appreciated.
Have a pinkishly beautiful weekend.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I love your chandy makeover! It looks perfect in you kitchen.
By the way, standing with your head in the fridge helps with the flashes too. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do... especially here in the south!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I like the pink countertops too, not too many people have them and I love pink. I added two chandys like yours to my bathroom and painted them. Hubs does knock his head sometimes, but he is good natured, thank goodness!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Super cute~ I love how it turned out. The chandy is darling and loving the pink!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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