(sorry, no before photos...)
This was supposed to be a quick job; Famous last words.
The kitchen nook had moderate quality (and that's being generous) wainscoting in it, from the previous owner. But it was this ugly blue colour that we have never thought suited the kitchen.
The wall was a bland beige.
We decided to go bold with the walls and paint them red ("poinsetta" according to the paint colour chip). There are windows on three sides, plus a skylight, so we were hopeful there would be enough light to not make it seem too dark.
Oh, and the wainscoting? Out with the blue, and in with the white, which we think works real well with the red walls.
The chair rail was not great so I ripped it out and replace it with some custom-made pieces that I cooked up in my shop. It was kind of a waste, but I had some real cheap maple, and some old ugly cherry, so I painted it white , and there you go.
The baseboard was also a horrible job -- butt joints in the middle of one short 8' wall. And if that wasn't bad enough, the butt joints were separated by 1" piece that was stuck in to fill a gap. As the son of a finishing carpenter, that just offended me constantly. Rip it out!
(Actually the new baseboard is going in tomorrow, I'll try to snap another photo then)
Then came some more famous words: "this shouldn't take too long".
There were a couple 3' shelves hanging on the wall where we had cookbooks and the phone and the like. But after the walls were painted, it looked so good, that we really didn't want to cover it up. So we decided that I would make a small set of shelves that were built-in to the corner. (That shouldn't take too long...) The idea was to try and make them look like they were part of the wainscoting.
I think it turned out pretty good, but it probably added 10days of part-time work to get to that stage. So much for finishing before September (which was LOML's request). Still, it was fun making this shelf to exactly match the height of the chair rail, and then have the chair rail wrap around it and have it blend right in to the corner as it does.
Next up, tweaking the window coverings.
After that, back to the fish tank stand project!
And later this fall, do something about the kitchen/nook flooring.