Painting the Kitchen | The Reveal

Oct 14, 2015

Hi again!! It's been a while and I've been so anxious to post some updates because there's been a lot going on around here. Today's update - the kitchen.
 When we first moved in, we talked about entirely remodelling the kitchen next year. After tackling the major upstairs reno, which is still ongoing I might add, I'm happy to postpone a huge kitchen reno for a few years. Once I was able to admit that the kitchen remodel was not happening anytime soon, I decided to go ahead and spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint.

Any ideas of what color I went with? Yup...you guessed it...white! I am fully aware that this might seem like a boring and poor color choice to probably a lot of people, however, I'm absolutely in love with how it turned out (and well since I'm the one spending the most time in there...)

If I were to describe the "new" kitchen I would say fresh & bright. And a bonus - the tile that I dread so much actually doesn't look too bad now.

I don't have a great before photo of the kitchen. The one below gives you an idea of the yellow we were dealing with. There was just so much yellow in this house. Also, as you can see we recently changed the light fixtures and haven't had a chance to patch where the old florescent one was.

Unfortunately, the existing paint was oil based so we had to prime with Zinsser's Cover Stain. This product is seriously THE best. Especially if you're dealing with an old house like we are and you're not sure what your painting over, or if you're painting over something with varnish (I used this on our stair railings), this will be your life saver. After priming we applied three coats of Benjamin Moore's Snowfall White and that was it. The door to the laundry room got a coat of Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter to match the rest of the doors we've painted in the house. It took us about 7 hours, drying time included.
I'm not sure about the towel holder, it pre-dates us living here.
I recently refinished our kitchen table and the new finish looks so much better against the white walls. The yellow really wasn't doing the grey/whitewash finish any justice. 
(ps. check back soon for a post on refinishing the table!)
The owl theme prevails!

It's amazing how the ceiling lights as well as the under-the-cabinet lights look so much brighter, whiter, and clearer once the yellow walls were gone. And am I right about the floor? Not quite as bad?

The kitchen is the just the perfect size for two, however, I can't imagine a whole family functioning well in the space. Since we're leaving the layout and cabinets for now, we talked about just replacing the fronts of the cabinets as a lot of them are stained or chipped. This would be a much easier and less stressful way to make improvements to the kitchen without any major project or financial burdens.

With the kitchen painted, I'm happy to say that other than the ongoing reno upstairs, this is the last room that will receive any major attention from us for the next little while. I'm sure I'll be repainting, re-decorating or re-arranging one of the rooms soon enough, but this marks the last of the changes we'll make to the pre-existing decor. Phew and yay! I think this deserves a glass of wine :)

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