When I was in my mid-twenties, I distinctly remember my reaction when a boss of mine told me he was taking the day off to clean his garage. I thought that was the most pitiful thing ever. A day off to clean the garage? How depressing!!
Fast forward 10 years and that sounds like the best idea ever… LOL! And it is! I love it! My how times have changed.
Every so often I will take a few days off work to get some projects done around the house. These are like my mental health days. I know I said DIY is somewhat dead for me, and while that is true, it doesn’t mean I dislike DIY. I just don’t have the time for it anymore. But you bet I still get that buzz of adrenaline after fixing up a space with my own two hands. It’s the best feeling!
When the weather wasn’t cooperating enough to get the darn deck stained, I turned my attention to the kitchen walls. The paint on the kitchen walls is so, so dark (it’s Porter Paints “Phoenix Fossil”). Normally I dig dark paint (and I actually love this dark gray!), but in a space with a ton of big white doors and big white(ish) cabinets and weird ceiling bump-outs, the end result makes for a very chaotic aesthetic. Too many shapes and contrast popping everywhere. We needed calm. And the only way to achieve calm is to remove the chaotic—all that dark contrast.
Here is the before. There’s just soooo much going on with all of the white doors, windows and grey on the walls.
And here is the after. Well the almost after. Badda bing, badda boom! So much more calm! This is Sherwin Williams Pure White, which is a big change for me. I normally am a diehard Behr Ultra Pure White when it comes to white walls, but that color looks too blue in this house. I’m liking the Pure White!
I actually just have half the kitchen done—the eat-in dining room part—so the rest is saved for another day (or five). Yes, it took me five days to complete this sucker and if truth be told, it should get one more hit of white before I call it truly done. I’ll get there one day. 🙂
I also plan to put back up the bamboo shades, but was waiting for the paint to dry. And our favorite indoor/outdoor rug from Overstock is still holding strong! Love being able to hose it off. (Ours is the 6′ x 9′ size by the way… perfect for under a dining room table.)
One thing to note on paint—paint is NOT PRECIOUS! I think the paint companies have done a really good job at keeping us intimidated. There are so many rules with paint… not too hot, not too cold, latex vs. oil, storage rules and on and on and on. And that doesn’t even begin to get into all of the colors, types, finishes, with primer, without primers, etc. Please don’t get yourself wrapped up in all that hoopla. Keep it simple. Keep things loose. For example, I didn’t have primer and I only had one gallon of paint. I didn’t want to use up the “real color” trying to cover the gray, so I found an old can of paint in the basement that was light enough to do the job.
This paint (read… not even “primer”… gasp!) was old, in a rusted out can and had been sitting out in the elements for a month. And you know what? It’s FINE! And it worked beautifully. And I actually liked that color so much I ended up using it somewhere else in the kitchen which I’ll show you soon.
Paint is so much more resilient than we give it credit for. You literally cannot screw up paint in 99% of painting occasions. Trust. I have pushed paint to its limits many, many times.
Anyways, that’s the story of the painted kitchen. I’m going to have to get creative in finding some time to paint the other half (and that half has a ton of cutting in to do around cabinets) but I’ll get there! Finding time is easy when you’re doing something you love. 😉
Until next time.
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