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Our Kitchen Got a Face Lift

2010 December 12
by heather

When we first bought our house, the first thing we did (besides hire a contractor to do some major reno upstairs and outside) was repaint everything–ceilings, trim, walls, closets…everything. We chose a fairly neutral palette for the majority of the house (Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray, Revere Pewter and White Down), but went with a warm and cheery shade of yellow (BM’s Popcorn Kernel) for the kitchen.

Before:

As much as I loved the idea of a yellow kitchen, it’s actually bothered me for a while. You can see our kitchen from the living room and dining area, both of which are Edgecomb Gray. The yellow stood out too much and made it difficult to decorate cohesively across the front of our house. For some reason, it became even more apparent when I decorated for Christmas.

So, I decided to paint it earlier this week. I stuck with the same color as the other rooms in the front of the house–BM’s Edgecomb Gray. The windows are still in need of something more, but for now I’m happy with the new color. It’s fresh and clean and goes great with our cabinets and brushed nickel hardware. (Ignore the mismatched appliances…)

After:

{ My next project in here is to figure out how to use the burners on the left so that they don’t continue to burn the board next to it. Ideas?  }

{ I also took the opportunity to caulk around the cabinets and countertops. I love clean lines! }

My favorite part of painting any room is saving the baseboards for last. Thankfully, I have a steady enough hand to forgo the use of painters tape. When I’m edging around the bottom of the wall, I tend to paint right over the baseboards with the wall color. Then, the final step is to go around with trim paint on the baseboards. They can always use a fresh coat of paint anyway and the white line against the wall looks so good! I find it easier to have a straight line this way versus painting the baseboards first and then the walls. Lovely.
10 Responses leave one →
  1. December 12, 2010

    I really, really love it. Inspiring!

  2. Nana O permalink
    December 12, 2010

    I liked the yellow, but have to agree that this color ties in with the adjoining rooms much better. Have you thought about putting tile up on the wall next to the stove? Perhaps something similar to the wall color? I am not sure how that would look, but it would be a whole lot less sensitive to heat than the wood that is there now.

    • December 13, 2010

      I agree. I think some fun tile is your best bet. There are lots of fun glass tiles that would look great.

      • heather permalink
        December 13, 2010

        i, too, think tiles are the way to go. not sure how to do that, but i suppose i could learn.

  3. Patrick permalink
    December 12, 2010

    Love it!!!

  4. beverly permalink
    December 12, 2010

    Opps I just commented under Pats name:) I love it! Pat does too:)

  5. December 13, 2010

    uh oh, now that I know that you’re handy with caulk, I now have to add that to my list of things I want to pay you to do for me. My kitchen and bathtub are in major need of new caulking, and I do not have that steady hand you speak of.

    by the way, kitchen looks great.

    • heather permalink
      December 13, 2010

      ha…not before i caulk OUR bathroom!

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