I know in my last post I teased you with the promise of a new kitchen wall color, which got delayed due to new windows. I’m making good on that promise today!!
First off, can I just say that painting (and any project in general) takes 10x as long when you have to work solely during nap and bed times? Painting the kitchen BC (that’s “before child”) would have taken approximately a weekend to finish. Painting the kitchen AC (“after child”) took almost a month- taping happened one night after bed, then the walls got painted during a weekend, then I had to travel for work so we took a week off. Then the ceiling finally got painted over another weekend. I suppose if we didn’t mind being sleep deprived, we still could have gotten it done in a weekend, but I like my sleep thankyouverymuch!
I wanted a color that was lighter than our original color (Behr’s Mother Nature) but that wasn’t a tan because the office and living room are both a shade of tan. I also wanted something with some grey to it, but not too grey. It had to play nice with our counters and cabinets too. I grabbed a million swatches, and painted a few test stripes on the walls (those are a good motivator to get to the actual painting process- we could only stare at those stripes for so long). I don’t usually spend this much time deliberating on a color, but I really didn’t want to have to paint the kitchen again- there is SO much taping involved!! I *finally* settled on Behr Mountain Haze for the walls and Behr White Clay for the ceiling. And oh boy do I love it!! The color is still a little bit green, but looks greyish at night.
It’s actually still not 100% finished- there’s some paint to be scraped off the cabinets, and we have a project in the initial planning stages that we *hope* to complete this summer at some point (right now we’ve switched gears and are focusing our energy on the outside since it’s nice enough to be out there. We’ll move back inside once the stifling heat and humidity show up). It’s finished enough for photos though!! Warning- I did not stage anything. And there are toddler hand prints all over the dishwasher (I didn’t even bother showing you the fridge because the outside is kind of scary looking right now- I curse our stainless steel appliances on a daily basis…)
Anyway…I know you really just want to see the photos, so here you go! First off, the dining room side:
Oh what a difference some paint and a new window makes!! That window is the exact same size as the old window, but it looks SO much bigger.
And, just a reminder (again) of how far this room has come…
Oh yeah…so much better! We got a new rug awhile back too for the dining room portion- we did have 4 (!!) rugs in there and it was just getting ridiculous when we were vacuuming in there. One big rug is much more manageable. The colors tie in well with the curtains and wall color (the rug came first though). And it goes well with the living room rug too.
And the kitchen side of things:
This photo is probably the best shot of our counter tops I have- it really shows off the detail and true colors (Corian in “Burled Beach”). I am still in love with them. You can also see we added some new pets to our family- 9 neon tetras and 2 corydoras (aka cory catfish). B loves to watch them swim, especially at feeding time, and has quickly learned to sign “fish”.
Another quick reminder of what this side of the room used to look like:
It’s amazing what a little paint can do. It feels so much lighter and brighter in there, which is exactly what I hoped to accomplish!
I’m excited about the next project we are doing in this room, but I’m keeping that cat in the bag for now. I’m hoping we’ll get it done this summer but the way our projects have been moving lately, it might be more like fall. We’ll see. No promises!!
What do you think? Have you painted anything recently?