Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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!

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5 comments:

  1. It's so much brighter! I love it! I also love that stained glass little bit in the one window!

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    1. Thanks, love! It really is so much brighter. I LOVE IT!

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  2. Isn't it great what a little paint can do?

    We just redid our hall bath. When we moved in it was Colgate toothpaste AQUA blue. Oh yea. It's been white for the last 2 years and now it's a nice cream. I know, so adventurous with the color choices, but we hope to sell soon!

    Your kitchen looks great!

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    1. I'm not one to normally go for the plain colors so this was going out on a limb for me. I'm usually all over the colors! LOL. Thank you and thanks for stopping in!

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  3. It is so much lighter! I really like it! I also adore that discolored glass tiny bit in the one home window! http://surfaceco.uk

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