Kitchen Reveal

Drum Roll Please.

The painted kitchen.

I could say I was over the moon excited, and I would have expected this emotion – but it’s not there. Not because it isn’t awesome to have a freshly painted kitchen. It surely is. Not because I don’t feel accomplished. I do. I completely feel accomplished. What I’m feeling is relieved & happy. Not only is the kitchen finally not a nasty blue color with waves all through the walls, which the photos don’t show, but it finally flows with the rest of the house. As a reminder, here’s the before from just days after we moved in 4 years ago.

With plenty of sanding, caulking, joint compound, re-caulking certain areas, sanding again, painting, accidentally touching up with one shade darker, retouching up with the correct color, I and my right shoulder are just relieved to be done and have it flow into the rest of the house.

So what color is it? Benjamin Moore (or Sherwin-Williams?) Edgecomb Gray.

It’s more beige in person, with only a slightly gray tint. A little more like this.

I have debated on painting the cabinets too, but it’s honestly a lot of work for not much payback considering we’re not reusing them in our kitchen down the line. It might be easier to sell them too if we keep them oak. I’ll have to think about it. In the mean time, I’m so happy the kitchen is finished.

One of the things I did do was sand down the laminate/plastic backsplash behind the sink and stove with a palm sander before painting it. Scrap that. I only did it behind the stove. I paid for it behind the sink and had to touch it up when it didn’t adhere right. Also – don’t let anyone touch your sink before your paint dries. It gets water on the paint and ruins it. Make them use the bathroom sink for an hour. Ahem, boys. All in all, it looks a lot better than the weird fake stone. It’s not all puppy dogs riding unicorns while eating lollipops, but it’s a lot better.

A few direct job related things I learned along the way:

  • A little caulking goes a long way
  • There is a technique to caulking, but it takes no time to pick up.
  • It’s impossible to paint trim without getting the cabinet when you have less than an inch to work in.
  • Cleaning up paint from laminate counter tops is as easy as 1,2,3.
  • 1.) gently scrape it with a drywall knife
  • 2.) pick up your scrapings
  • 3.) spray and wipe down the counter
  • This is very unlike getting paint of a wood floor which is as easy as…
  • Forget it, it’s not easy. Nail polish remover works wonders to do it though, especially if you pour it on, cover it in plastic, wait 5 minutes and then gently scrape. I cannot recommend that method for all wood floors. I would test a corner first. For my untreated oak floors, it left no mark. Don’t sue me if nail polish ruins your wood floors. I told you it might.

A few non-direct job related things I learned along the way:

  • Doing something yourself and seeing it through is the best self-esteem booster.
  • Joint compound dust everywhere made me go batty. I’m a little concerned with how tiny this was, how I’m going to handle my house being ripped to the studs. I’m hoping sheer excitement and a patient husband gets me through it. He knows what to expect and is used to full on residential job sites since he visits them regularly. I think as long as I get to demo I’ll be happy. I like demolition.
  • My right shoulder flares up when I paint for hours and hours on end and causes insane trigger points which I then pay my God send of an acupuncturist to take care of.
  • The top of my cabinets need a scrub.
  • I absolutely positively do not want a ceiling fan in the kitchen come full renovation. I in fact realized I am simply just not a fan of fans. I’m a fan of other kinds of fans. But not ceiling fans. I like hand held fans. I like  Brandi Carlile fans. Okay, I just like Brandi Carlile’s music. I knew this years ago.
  • I am pretty proud of myself for learning how to do construction related jobs along the way. With a professional husband, sometimes it’s easy to feel left in the dark dust. He’s good at letting me try things, screw them up, and then have him fix it. Unless it’s a big thing, then I just step out of the way and watch. Unless it’s plumbing. Dear God, I enjoy plumbing. I have no idea why. It makes no sense. I just like it. I will get under Andy’s foot every step of the way to watch a plumbing job. You know, sinks – not septics.  I’m not sure power washing a toilet when we first moved in counted as plumbing.

All in all, I’m real happy with how this turned out. Even though I’m excited about what my renovated kitchen will look like someday for now I’m relishing in my newly painted kitchen, and that’s good enough for me.

Happy Painting & Meditative Breathing,

Heather

Be Our Guest {Or Maybe Wait A Few More Weeks}

Not that this has anything to do with this post, but does anyone else find networking one of the most awkward things ever? I am loud, talkative and boisterous around people I know, but I crave alone time, and introverted when it comes to networking. The thought of walking up to someone I don’t know anything about, without someone introducing us, and having to talk about myself and ask them mundane generic questions makes me crawl out of my skin. I’m working on it. I only ask this because I attended two networking events tonight. They were good, but I really need to get out of my shell. I never, ever, thought I would say that sentence.

The point is, I do well in small groups of people. Which leads us into our guest room renovations, because I love when people come to visit overnight.

While Andy was mudding our kitchen, I was in the back room painting. Oddly, the room we refer to as “the back room”/”guest room” is actually the center room on the front of our house. This graphic might help. When we moved in, this was essentially the layout (not to scale) and color of each room. The pantry was white, with one bright teal wall. The brown of the living room should be imagined as brown paneling. You can see more on that here, and here.

When we moved in, this room was a very purple nursery. We also have these weird “basement” windows over the entire house. The only normal windows in the house are three in the living room. Real windows will exist. I’m hoping to re-use some of these windows as cold frames for extending the garden growing season eventually.

Also in this room is a cute white built in. I’m hoping to save this for use in another room. It, like 90% of other items in this house, are not centered and balanced.

As much as someone else might love it, the purple wasn’t my cup of tea. So, over the last few weeks I’ve had a few color samples up on the walls that I loved initially for the pantry area but were too odd in natural light. My favorite was Koi Pond from Sherwin Williams. In direct sunlight it read as a weird goldish-beige. In indirect light it showed as a beautiful soft green color. Since the front of our house gets very little natural light, the guest room was a great place for it.

Once we renovate completely, the guest room will become my office/craft room. In fact, this is what most of the colors will look like after all of our pre-renovation updates. The only reason the bedroom is staying blue is because that’s Tom Cruise’s bedroom, eventually our bathroom.

Other quirks – the guest room also has no door on it. When we moved in it had no door. I am completely unaware what actually ever happened to this door. It is an unsolved mystery. This said, the door to our current office on the other side of the common room has a door, and better light. You see where I’m going with this? For now, before renovations begin, I’m going to switch the two rooms (the office will be next to the bedroom). Our guest can actually have privacy, not be next to the road, and get some natural light. This also allows me to get used to having my office in the “guest room” area.

In order to prep the room for painting, I first piled everything on to the bed and away from the back wall. Then I sanded down the significantly rough spots. Once that was done and any rough nail holes were gone I caulked the 3,000 nail holes throughout the walls. The photo below is before I wiped everything, and sanded the caulked areas down. So excuse the technique.

Once the caulked areas dried I sanded them down smooth. By smooth I mean there was no major crazyness. Take that major, in this house, is relative. In other words it was a lot better and that’s fine by me. Because this room isn’t one of the main rooms we’re not re-taping & mudding in here before the big renovation. As it turns out, this room used to be BRIGHT red. The kitchen used to be teal. What on earth was going on around here in the 70’s? You know what. Don’t answer that.

After the “prep” was complete, I decided to edge out the window with the Koi Pond color to see how I liked it in a bigger area. As it turns out, I loved it.

One coat in and I was sure this was the color I wanted for my {almost} office. By the way, the sample size from Sherwin-Williams was about $5.00 and it gave me exactly two coats.

While this dried I did the first coat of apple green on the backside of the white shelving. Once all was said and done, this is where I ended up.

Here’s the shelving color during the day. It dried slightly darker than this.

Things left to do before the big renovation:

  • Paint the trim white.
  • Give the baseboards a fresh coat of paint.
  • Give the shelving a fresh coat of white paint.
  • Paint the remaining purple walls white.
  • Put up drapes over the closet, which is currently holding a piece of furniture to hold extra blankets, etc.
  • Switch the office & guest room.
  • Get better lighting.
  • Replace the bed & mattress (which will be brought over into the new guest room someday).

Hopefully I’ll get the kitchen caulked, and the purple walls painted white this weekend. Until then my friends. It’s time for bed.

Happy Painting, Networking & Napping,

Heather