Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Painting the Kitchen

Pigs flew yesterday and progress on the Kitchen mini-makeover was made. You may remember the long-forgotten Before pictures and post I shared before I was pregnant and feeling like crud for months at a time. At any rate, my mother-in-law took pity on me and asked if I'd like some help painting the kitchen before the baby arrives. She enlisted the help of my mom, who, coincidentally, has never painted anything before. Ever. She's not a DIY kinda gal, but she jumped right in!

I hesitated for NO SECONDS before accepting this proposal because, um, hi? free labor!
Painting the Kitchen

I tell you, the work goes by so much easier when you have your feet propped up and sip a tall glass of lemonade. I kid, I kid. 

I donned a mask to keep fumes at bay and taped and rolled for awhile. But I was mostly in charge of feeding the children, getting them ready for some time at the pool with their father, and keeping The Beast (Ellie the German Shepherd) at bay. She very much enjoyed an afternoon of leisure, jumping from the cool leather chair to the cool leather couch with no T around to shout "hey, that's my spot!" at her.

We finished priming today and plan on starting up again on Wednesday. I may do the chair rail and the lower half of the wall today because it won't take much time and then we won't have to wait for the paint to dry before retaping tomorrow. We used an inexpensive, plain Glidden primer from Wal-Mart and it was fantastic. It kept costs down, and looks like it will only need the one coat before I can add some color.

The girls were sort of sad to see the yellow go. I loved the cheery light yellow when I first painted it...years ago. The white primer was a welcome change. It's pretty stark looking, but it's a sign of a blank slate.

I'm excited to get creative in this room and add some homey touches once the paint is applied and dried! We ripped the curtains down, the mini blinds go today, and I'm planning some artwork for the walls.

What's your favorite paint color combo for a kitchen?

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  1. Paint colors?? Oh, gosh. I love kitchen paint colors. I particularly love green in a kitchen. I also love blue. Blue and white is one of my favorite color combos ever. And then there are the new, hip grays. I've never been a big lover of gray, but it's everywhere now, and it does look pretty with lots of different color accessories.

    Hooray for help from family! I'm so glad you're getting this done! :)

  2. What a great thing for your MIL and mom to do for you. Our kitchen is painted a khaki color, I have white cabinets, white subway tile backsplash, rich chocolate Corian countertops and the island is also a rich chocolate color that has been distressed a bit. I love it. Pairs easily with several colors (greens, blues, reds, yellows) so I can change things out. I do however love the classic blue and white combo as well. We had that originally. And, while I also am loving the all white kitchens, I don't think they are very practical with children.

  3. The kitchen is the only room in the house I constantly have the desire to re-paint. Maybe it's because I spend most of my time there... Can't wait to see what you pick!

  4. Isn't it great how people offer to help with stuff because a baby is on the way?? If only babies could perpetually be on the way. (I kid. I think.) I've had my fair share of naps on the couch while family works busily away getting things done. ;)

  5. your mother-in-law is so kind to help you out with this and so is your mom! I'm sure it will look great! :-) one coat of paint can make a nice difference to a kitchen any day! :-)

  6. I know you are beyond excited to get this project started! I look forward to seeing the end result.

  7. We are also painting like this. My mom helps me as well. She is a genius for the painting. She has guided me always.


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