Friday, September 19, 2014

Painting the kitchen white

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This probably isn't what half of you thought about when you read the title :) You probably thought my cabinets were going to be painted white. I have decided to do everything I can to brighten up the kitchen without painting the cabinets. The cabinets will be the last thing to do...and that's if the hubs lets me do them. While painting the kitchen walls, he finally told me what he really thought about painting the cabinets. And he is so against painting them that he would rather buy new stainless steal appliances instead. That's like $7,000 worth of hate towards painting the cabinets lol. So...we'll see if that really ever happens ;) I don't know, maybe I'm crazy, but I'm more for painting the cabinets, which may cost a couple hundred, rather than spend thousands.
Anyway. This project was quite the feat to do while pregnant. I'm just super lucky I didn't get too sore of a back from it. Painting the ceiling and the walls above the cabinets was super fun :) I thought this would be so easy to do  since there wasn't a lot of wall. Ummm. Nope. Wrongo. The only way this got done was doing a few sections at a time.

It has made quite a difference. It's so much brighter in here. But truth be the cabinets drive me more nuts. So, it didn't help. Yes, it brightened it up, but it also made the cabinet color stand out that much more for me.
As I was painting, I was thinking more and more about possibly staining the cabinets an ash brown. But realized that might look ridiculous with the black granite. What do you think? It won't be too dark of a brown...just a medium. Kind of like this:
I'm not sure if that's going to be more work..probably. But at least it would keep the character of the wood.

I also decided to change out the light switch plates for some stainless steal ones. This made a great difference. Not brightness-wise, but style-wise.

Here's the before of the kitchen. Before the change of blinds, roman shade and painting.
And now:

A little difference. The best difference is at night when everything isn't cast in a yellow haze anymore like it used to be. It's just super nice and bright :)

You can see how dark the walls and ceiling used to be when you look at the paint in the herringbone pattern. Crazy how dark that really was huh?
Next up? Big plans for that little island! I'm so excited to get started! :)

Oh, and since I usually get paint color questions, the paint I used is Glidden's Pebble White in Eggshell. It's not super white like the Linen White I usually use; it has the perfect amount of cream in it. Love it. And it goes with my baseboards too so I don't have to waste time painting them :)