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Kitchen and Dining Paint Upgrade


This is what our kitchen / dining room looked like before we moved in and well for the first year we lived in our first home. I promised myself it would be the first thing I did and some how that year went fast. My parents helped us move in and when they came to visit again the following year, I made sure I had a list of things my dad could help me with. Painting this loud kitchen was one of them.  I guess it wasn’t too bad but yellow is my very least favorite color, at least while I’m wearing it. I think it looks fine as an accent but this was just too much.

before-kitchen before-kitchen-1

There were two things preventing me from painting. The big one was that the wall had some heavy venetian plaster technique on it that made awesome spots for collecting dirt and dust.

img_6149You can see that here on the right and the result of using the rasp to smooth the ridges down. img_6150 My helper using the wet/dry vac to clean up the dust. He had a blast. img_6167The final results of all the hard work smoothing it down. My mother and I did wipe the walls down with a wet rag, so the paint would adhere without issues.

The second was debating on color. While I know the technique of buying samples, I didn’t bring myself to do that here. What I did do was take sample cards and placed them around the outlet that’s hanging out half way up the dining room wall. I also leaned some above the countertop against the wall.

After months of indecision and changing my mind of the route I wanted to go. I finally chose Benjamin Moore 2123-50 Ocean Air   and I am SO in love with this color. I am so glad I didn’t go with anything too bold again. I’m liking the subtle and muted for the majority of the house.

ocean-airOcean Air

img_6169Look at that difference. Oh and the other thing I forgot to mention, if you can’t tell here, is that the yellow was a flat sheen. Like what was going on, flat in the kitchen, dining, living AND hallways.

img_80701The color on the window wall is Benjamin Moore OC-24 Winds Breath. Its a great greige color but right in the corner where the two colors meet, it looks off, too gray. I like my warm tones and I’m experimenting with gray but its too much on the cool side for me. Maybe its too warm for the blue.  The point was to take that color into the living room but I’m not convinced so it’s staying as is until I can make up my mind again.

windsbreathWinds Breath

img_6173 Pardon the mess. Reality.img_6172

This is just to show we painted the little entry into the pantry/laundry room.

Needless to say, I am SO excited that this is done. I have felt so much more calm and at peace, not as irritated and on edge as I felt before. I mean it happens but it’s amazing to see and feel the difference that a little paint can do for your home and your sanity.

What kind of differences and changes have you noticed in your life because of a little paint?