Kitchen update!!

Yay!!   I have painted the kitchen!

Well, almost painted 100%.  I still have the trim to work on.

Stupid trim.  Who invented trim anyways? 

My husband and I recently stayed in this beautiful cozy flat on HWY 30A and I noticed the trim was painted the same color as the wall.  Hmm, wonder why they did that?  It looked really good and I shrugged it off as a way to make the room seem bigger.

Now I realize the irritation of painting trim was probably a big player in that decision.

I’ll cut in an edge all day long but I really dislike painting trim. Hate.  There I said it .  HATE IT.

Alas, as promised, the pictures:


Yes, the walls are bare.  Yes, there’s a cat.  She’s a bit of a photo bomber lately.  Yes, there is a person hiding behind the fridge.  I told him not to walk in front of me while I was taking pics or I’d post it. 🙂   Yes, there are stains on the rug.  No, I do not like the grout on these massive tiles.  To remove the grout would be a project more painful than painting trim so that’s not happenin’ .  Yes, the inside of the funky plate/cook book nook thingy is the color the cabinets used to be.  To remove the plate rack would require taking apart the cabinet.  To attempt to take apart the cabinet, ridiculous.  To paint in between all those things, absurd.  Let’s focus on the positive here!

I’m in love with the color.  Revere Pewter by SW.  The cabinets are Graphite by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  This project has taken me quite some time.  We replaced the light as well.

I’m considering a round seagrass rug and changing out the chairs to something upholstered.  Hush, yes, I have kids and it’s crazy to have upholstered stuff but I have a vision……

Grandmother’s China Cabinet

What’s a Duncan Phyfe?  I really had no idea but I was a LOT younger when it was given to me.  It was a love/hat relationship.  But it did what it needed to do:  Hold things I deemed special or things my toddlers couldn’t reach or grab or break!  wpid-img_20140716_180352_118.jpg

I always dreamed of painting it.  I never thought I could acheive the finished project i dreamed in my head.  I knew nothing of chalk paint.  Let’s just say I was very pleased with the results.  This was my first chalk paint project!  Here it is after the first coat.

wpid-img_20140716_190402_517.jpgI decided to remove the strips that gave the illusion of panes and painted the hardware.  Better pictures to come!!


Must. Paint. Kitchen. Cabinets.

If there’s one project I’m not excited about its’ this one.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am very excited about the results but dreading the process.

This will come as a shock but I decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Ta, Da!  I really didn’t want to mess with a primer and then two to three coats of whatever kind of paint.  Of course this means I have to wax.  BUT, I’m really looking forward to the end result.  And I can’t emphasize END result enough. haha.

I played around with Country Gray and a couple other color combos but had my heart set on the Graphite.  My counter top is a marbled color combo.  See it?  DSC_4415

I knew the cabinets were going to be a charcoal-gray.  I’m so happy I found Graphite! It’s a really nice slate color.  The wax deepens the color to a rich dark charcoal.  And I love it!!DSC_4432

It took me about a week.  But it was worth it.  I worked on it at night and during the weekend.  Still need to touch up minor details and finish painting the walls.  I’m not a professional but I think they turned out really pretty!! I love how the wax gives it a sheen, too.  Check it out!DSC_4416DSC_4434