I should start this post by reminding you that EVERYTHING was brown in this house. Flat paper bag brown. And it was everywhere. The only walls without that color had dramatic colors instead. A single wall in the family room was a deep burgundy. The guest room was Crayola blue (that took 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint and primer in one paint). And our bedroom and kitchen had been painted in a rich chocolate. These colors aren’t really that bad… but they weren’t our style and flat paint is not forgiving with kids. Also, it was drab and depressing since the flat brown sucked a lot of the natural light. Any who, the kitchen is the only room I have left to paint in the whole house. The chocolate color was livable and I had yet to make a color choice or time to paint so it waited a while. I had Friday off as a pleasant little surprise (thanks, Boss!) so I hit up Home Depot and grabbed a gallon of the swatch I had taped to the wall months ago. I got “Dew” Behr Ultra paint and primer in one semi gloss. I guess “Dew” doesn’t give away much as to what color that might actually be… you’ll see it in a minute but first here are a few before shots of the kitchen.
Painting a kitchen is a little more challenging than most rooms. The prep is grueling. First I wiped down all of the baseboards and chair rails with my vinegar/water cleaning solution. In some spots with dark scuffs or grime (Ew- I though my kitchen was pretty clean) I used the trusty Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Then I had to take everything off the walls, then take all of the items off the shelves and then take down the floating shelves that I feel like I just put up… which wasn’t hard but I forgot how much time it takes. Next I moved the refrigerator away from the wall. Want to feel gross? Move your fridge. A few dropped grocery lists, Christmas cards and crayons were caked in a decent layer of dust. Nothing a little Dyson friend of mine couldn’t fix. I also wiped down the walls behind the fridge because they had a thin layer of dust as well.
Then I took down that funky valance above the french doors. It served no real purpose and was going to clash hardcore with my new soothing “Dew”. It will be on the curb on Thursday morning with all of our garbage and I will sleep better knowing it is not in my kitchen.
After I removed all of the switch plates and discovered that these walls have been burgundy, bright blue, deep slate gray, navy and sky blue, I was finally able to paint the trim white. I have an arsenal of white trim paint in the garage so I grabbed a high gloss (easiest to clean) white that I thought might pair well with the semi gloss walls and white kitchen cabinets. Once the trim and door frames were finished it was finally time to DEW it. Har har.
Within the first few strokes I’m pretty sure the neighbors could hear me squealing with delight. I love this color. Like dew is cake and I’m a fat kid. I love it. MMMMmmmm. I don’t know what kind of justice your screen gives this color. Its a soft green with traces of blue… I think it might be a lighter cousin of Tiffany blue but sort of seaglass green in it’s own right. I did two coats to ensure a solid look and even coverage. And boy, oh boy am I happy with the way it turned out.
At different times of day it has looked like a really light blue like our bedroom and even has had a little more grey to it sometimes. Its fun to look from the kitchen into the family room at the grey and cream striped wall because the colors are all just the right symphony of tones. I also love the how it picks up the greens and blues in our slate backsplash.
So now I’m left with the funky faux marble torn wallpaper. No really, its a million pieces of torn faux marble wall paper. The options are to remove it piece by piece. OR Do another tissue paper faux wall treatment on top of it. OR Try a venetian plaster treatment. OR To put up wainscoting/beadboard over it. I think beadboard will look freshest and cleanest with the walls and will probably hold up best in a kitchen. Now I just need to get hubby on board.
I’m still in awe at how much some paint and a little elbow grease can change a room. Our kitchen is now brighter, feels bigger, looks cleaner and fresher.