Kitchen 1 – Christine 0

Our kitchen has been bugging me for a while. There’s just a lot going on that I didn’t (until recently) know how to handle. When we painted the house I had 2 days to decide all the paint colors for the house. I give myself mad props that I love all of my paint selections except 1, the kitchen. Which happens to be the most pain-in-the-butt room to paint. So, when I mentioned that we’d have to repaint the kitchen Taylor gave me the stink-eye. I let it slide because I want to give myself the stink-eye.

Currently the kitchen is painted a rich espresso brown. Which is a really pretty color and I still actually like it, just not in the kitchen. Why? Because I thought the kitchen would get more light than it actually does (well it gets gorgeous light during the day…but I rarely see the house during those hours). So, most of the time it’s super dark in there and not welcoming. The reason I’ve struggled with the kitchen is because of the combos that are going on in there. The cabinets are a honey color, and the granite (yeah, nice right?) is mostly black with flecks of brown, green, and turquoise. It wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s actually quite pretty. So, when choosing a paint color I went with the brown since it was the easy choice.

DarkKitchenSee what I mean about it looking dark? On to the changes! I decided that I needed some inspiration so I went over to the Tile Shop. I took my paint swatch sample. Using the current bathroom color (Retreat) and found a lighter version for the kitchen. It’s called Sea Salt. This way I wouldn’t be introducing a totally different color. I also took photos of the granite. Here are the options:

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Which option did I decide? Drum roll……

  • Option 1 – Pulling out way too much green and was leaning towards masculine to me. It was also $30 a sq. foot. MOVING ON!
  • Option 2 – was beautiful! But when I saw it with the granite it became super busy. There was too much going on in my opinion. Plus it was $24 a sq. foot. NEXT!
  • Option 3 – seemed like it was going to be too simple. However, when paired next to the granite it really amplified the colors in it. And it was $7 a sq. foot. WINNER winner chicken dinner!

With option 3 all squared away I can rest easy knowing that I’ve figured out this room. All it needed was a great tile and paint selection!

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Mini Bathroom Makeover

Before we moved out of our townhome I half-jokingly mentioned that I’d love to have “his and hers” bathrooms. Well friends that dream has become a reality…and it’s AWESOME! He doesn’t have to deal with “all my potions” and I don’t have to deal with his sink whiskers.  It’s quite possibly the smartest thing we’ve done for our marriage 😉

We live in a home that was built in the 80’s so the “master bath” isn’t huge. It’s basically the same size as the other bath upstairs. The only major difference is the master bath has a small towel closet in it. Anywho, I took the master bath and the Mr. took the hall bath. Let me mention that the hall bath is literally right next to the master bath, so don’t feel too bad.

Well since the previous owners obviously shared the master bath that one had a few upgrades while the hall bath was overlooked, sad face! Well it was time to give poor T some upgrades, and we did!

We took a mirror that I bought from Goodwill and spray painted it black. We wanted to replace the boring standard mirror that came with the house. It was actually a really simple process:

Look, that little stinker photo-bombed by picture! 🙂

  1. Wiped down the mirror with a light soapy water
  2. Sanded it a bit to smooth out any imperfections
  3. Masked off the mirror with tape and newspaper
  4. Applied 2 coats of matte black spray paint (Rustoleum)
  5. Let the paint dry. Then removed the tape and paper

And here’s another angle! It feels good to be able to redo an old piece and put it to good use.

You may have noticed those strange holes right under the mirror. Those are the previous mirror’s hardware. So, we’ll have to putty and paint them to totally complete this project. However, we’re going to wait until we paint a mirror for my bathroom. We’re sure we’ll have the same issue in there and we only want to putty/paint once (luckily both bathrooms are the same color). We still have a lot of things in mind for this little bathroom, but we’re making progress!

We Picked a Peck of Perfect Pigments

We’re painting the house…the whole house. We got an AMAZING deal with a local painter who’s going to paint our entire house in 3 days. I know what you’re thinking. “You’re young, why don’t you save some money and paint it yourselves?” I’m glad you asked because I’ve compiled a list:

  1. We don’t like painting
  2. We can afford it – In true Godfather style, he made us an offer we couldn’t refuse
  3. Hastiness – if we did it I wouldn’t be posting this until next year
  4. Quality – if we did it we’d get tired and sloppy
  5. We don’t have any supplies on hand (brushes/drop cloths/rollers etc.
  6. We have better things to do 🙂

I’m glad we’re all on the same page, moving on! I’m real excited about painting the whole house at once. I’ve never done it before and I think it’s a smart move because the whole house will flow. When choosing color palettes I like to think of adjectives that describe how I want the space to feel. We came up with classic, contemporary, and luxurious. Turns out, the colors we chose at Sherwin Williams are from their “Livable Luxe” and “Classic & Contemporary” color palettes, strange!

You’re probably wondering what colors we chose? Well, we decided to go with Sherwin Williams paint because I feel like they have the best color options. All their colors just feel “right” and go well together. Plus, HGTV has their own line and who doesn’t respect and drool over HGTV? So, here’s the breakdown of the colors per room:

Downstairs

  • Living Room & Stairwell – Requisite Gray (SW 7023)
  • Dining Room – Rainstorm (SW 6230) and Simple White (SW 7021)
  • Kitchen – Well-bred Brown (SW 7027)
  • Powder Room – Retreat (SW 6207)

Upstairs

  • Landing & Hallway – Requisite Gray (SW 7023)
  • Master Bedroom – Dovetail (SW 7081)
  • Master Bath – Requisite Gray (SW 7023)
  • Office – Serious Grey (SW 6256)
  • Second Bedroom – Silver Mist (SW 7621)
  • Second Bath – Requisite Gray (SW 7023)

Here’s a mock-up of the colors. The upstairs colors are on top and the downstairs colors on the bottom. (Note: Paint colors never look like themselves on computer screens. So, they look a little off but you get the jist!) We wanted the upstairs to be cool and relaxing and the main floor to be bold and contemporarty. I think we were able to accomplish this by letting the Requisite Gray be the color that ties the floors together.

I’ll be sure to upload some great before/after shots when the rooms get their fresh coat of paint!