Mexican-Style Kitchen

An outdated cooking and dining space gets a festive makeover with Mexican flair.

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Bright colors, bold textiles and decorative touches bring a touch of Old Mexico to this refashioned space.

A little Mexican flair plus some vivid color and distinctive tile transform this outdated kitchen and dining room.

The kitchen cabinets are painted red, and the hallway wall is painted blue. The upper part of one cabinet is covered with a shutter fitted with frosted glass and decoupage paper tiles. Holiday lights are placed inside the frosted cabinet.

An embroidered napkin is hung in front of the kitchen window for color. Glass chandelier prisms are spray-painted bright colors and hung from the cornice with cup hooks.

Talavera tiles have been adhered to the backsplash with hook-and-loop tape. Painted wood trim finishes the edges.

A new track light system gives the kitchen directional lighting with a more updated look.

The edges of two carpet remnants are bound so that they can be used as an area rug under the dining table and as a runner in the kitchen. A border is masked off around the perimeter of each and spray-painted red.

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Bolder colors and fabrics make the Mexican-style dining room bright and cheery.

The Mexican theme now flows into the adjoining dining area. The dining room walls are painted a bold yellow above the paneling and the paneling is painted white.

Regular office chairs are repurposed into dining chairs. The seat is covered with red fabric and plastic, and the back is reattached upside-down to make it more prominent. A fabric slipcover dresses it up, and additional seat and back covers also are employed for dressier occasions.

The main part of the existing light fixture over the dining table is painted white and paired with a new drum shade made out of brass rings and fabric.

An old bedspread is fashioned into window treatments. Fleur-de-lis finials are disguised with decorative sombrero hats adhered with hook-and-loop tape.

The built-ins are dressed up with fabric-covered shelves and colorful plates hung on the back wall.

Cordial glasses are painted with glass spray paint and turned into hanging votive holders. Chain and cup hooks are used to suspend the glasses from the inside of the picture. Before, the paneling in the dining room was outdated and made the space seem very dark.

The yellow shade these homeowners chose for the walls was too pale to appropriately highlight the dining area. The lighting in this space was insufficient, and the dining chairs took up too much space. Now the room is bright, cheery and updated for this family to enjoy.

This outdated kitchen was in serious need of a makeover. The cabinets were worn down, and the hardware was in serious need of an update. Now the kitchen and dining areas flow together with a cohesive theme and color scheme.

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