I'm writing this from the comfort of my couch. I'm able to move my fingers and that's about it. Who knew a body could hurt so made from stepping and reaching and moving and lifting. Ugh. But, now that I got the whining out of the way...MY KITCHEN LOOKS AMAZING!
Before I share the makeover, I have to show you what I was dealing with. The previous owners painted the kitchen a burgundy wine color. Alone, not so bad. With cherry wood cabinets, horrible! See for yourself.
|This picture doesn't really do the wine color justice.|
|This picture does it a bit more justice.|
Back in September I bought a gallon of Olympic ONE paint from Lowe's on sale for $20.
I've never painted with a paint & primer in one type paint before, but I knew I needed something strong to paint over the offensively strong wine colored walls. This paint comes highly recommended by lil' ol' me and was worth every single penny.
I've never been a fan of white or cream paint. It's so boring and I'm not a boring kind of gal. You should know this by now. I thought and thought and thought and thought and looked at a million paint chips before settling on Glazed Pear by Olympic. You see, all of my kitchen accents from my previous abodes are red and I needed to work with the cherry cabinets. This left me thinking I should go with something neutral to tone down all the reddish tones. Besides, I was tired of it being so stinking dark all the time. Bright was just what the doctor ordered.
Here's a look at the paint in action.
Around the light switch is one coat. To the left and on top is a second coat. Impressive, right?
Well, after about 10 hours of painting, 7 of which was probably spent cutting in. I kept telling myself it would be worth it when it was done. I was right! I even dug out some things to hang on the wall.
Check out the "after" pics.
|See, now the red accents don't seem |
so out of place!
|Quite a change, right!|
|It's so much lighter and brighter. I opted not to|
rehang the previous shades to let even more light in.
You can tell I'm in love with my handy work,
but what do you think?
PS: A big thank you to Sis! She brought Grant over after she got off work to help paint, motivate me to finish the job, keep me company, provide a lot of giggles, and help hang the pictures. She's a rock star!
Love you, Sis!