Monday, December 23, 2013

I Will Never Paint This Kitchen Again

Last Thursday, I teased you with a picture of all of the paint and supplies I was gathering for part 1 of paint-the-entire-house.  And then, a little later, I teased you with some snapshots of our painting progress.

Now, I am ready to tell you that the Family Room and Kitchen are done! And I will never paint this kitchen again.

The kitchen was so awful to paint. The problem was the space itself.  In addition to the walls, we also painted the ceiling, which is not only 15 feet tall at the highest point and also has sloped sides, but also has 6 pot-lights that don't come out of the ceiling all the way, 2 pendants, 2 central air vents, only one of which could be removed (stripped screw), 1 chandelier and a covered fan box to go around, never mind all of the cutting-in along the wall seam.  And while that sounds bad, the walls in the kitchen have 3 doors, 2 windows, 2 wall jut-outs, an over-the-sink sconce, and all of the cabinets.  In summary, this took forever to paint. One layer of paint took us just over 2 hours to complete.  So, multiply that by vacuuming the walls, washing the walls, 1 coat of primer, and then 2 coats of paint = a lot of hours.  In fact, we didn't finish painting until 2am last night (this morning?) and then clean up took another 40 minutes.

So, needless to say, this kitchen will be gray for the rest of the time we live in this house. I am not EVER painting it again.  The End.

But, let's continue, shall we? After all, I know you want to see the before and after pictures, right?!

You already know about my design plans for the Family Room, but if you don't you should check it out, just so you can see how my vision is coming to fruition.  But, just so you know ahead of time, I am already obsessed with this room, and there isn't even any furniture in it yet!

The obligatory before picture, which is followed by...

Just a corner snapshot of the Family Room accent wall, but, what do you think?! Doesn't it look amazing?  My cell picture doesn't really do it justice at all. My actual camera is having some issues with focus, but when that gets fixed, I'll get a better picture for you.  

The kitchen is also a huge difference. You'll remember the post last week about cleaning the kitchen and I had some great shots of the space, including the horrible orangy-peach color that was on the walls. And now, here's the difference the paint color makes.

And a huge change, the after!

We absolutely love the way that this color looks on the walls. It really makes the cabinets and the appliances the main focus, and takes your eye away from the ugly Corian countertops that we aren't replacing right now.

Next, we will be looking at replacement light fixtures that we could still use when we renovate the kitchen completely in a few years, and then we may have a surprise in store still with something bigger in here!

So, what do you think? The paint makes a huge difference, doesn't it?

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