Lighter, Brighter Kitchen

I've blogged a couple times now, here and here, about getting rid of the wallpaper in our kitchen and painting the walls a new color. Well, it's done and I finished in time for spring break! I may have spent every spare minute painting and strained muscles I didn't know I had, but that yellow gold color is out of here!

Let's do really bad before pictures, just like in the weight loss ads, so that when I show you the final result, you'll be more in awe. Here's one that really showcases the color and my housekeeping skills in a great way.


How about a couple from when the kitchen looked even more like a war zone?!?





Okay, now let me show you what a lighter color and some deep cleaning can do in your average, run of the mill kitchen. Disclaimer: I am not a designer with beautiful photography and a plethora of styling products, so you too can do this at home. 










Pretty different, huh? I ended up going with Benjamin Moore Classic Gray on the walls. It's a little lighter than I had hoped for, but I can always paint again in six months after I forget what a pain it was this time.

How about you? Are you trying to finish up any projects before spring break? Are you like me, full of energy before the project starts and then crawling across the finish line at the end?!?

Post Update: Today I'm linking up to Kelly's Korner. She has challenged us to show an area of our home that is difficult for us to decorate. If you're visiting me from there today, I'm open to opinions on the paint color. I've lived with this light, almost white, gray for about a month and I'm still not sure if it's working. This room is a challenge for me with all the dark woodwork. I'd like a color that brightens the room while also complimenting the cabinets. Any suggestions?? :)




25 comments:

  1. Love the difference. Classic Gray is such a great color.

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  2. Like a breath of fresh air! Looks so much cleaner and more modern! Great job -- and thanks so much for sharing at the Super Saturday Link Party!

    :) Linda

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  3. Love your humor. I chuckled more about that than how pretty the kitchen turned out. So understanding the photography thing. I can't get the hang of it to start my own blog!!!

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  4. Thank you for your kind words! You're right, the photography part is difficult! :)

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  5. love it! i have a really dark kitchen, and i'd like to do open shelving and whites like this.

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    1. Thanks! I took the doors off these cabinets and filled in the holes with wood putty. That way if the next owner wants doors, they can put them back.

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  6. Looks great! It's amazing what new paint will do!

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  7. This looks really pretty. You did a great job on this! Thanks so much for linking up to the Be.You.Tiful Link Party!

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  8. Love it! And give yourself credit for having a great eye for putting colors and textures together.

    Thanks for sharing your update at Motivation Monday!

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    1. Thank you, Barb! I appreciate you visiting here! :)

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  9. What a beautiful home..........it all looks like it will be wonderful. :)

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate you visiting here! :)

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  10. It looks fantastic! I never understood why people used to put wallpaper all over everything. It's just so... much.

    Stopping by from Thrifty Decor Chick! And funny, the project I liked up was also painting my kitchen. Yay for making them brighter!

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    1. Thanks, Paige! I'm going over now to check your kitchen out! :)

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  11. Stopping by from Kelly's Korner. Your kitchen is beautiful. If you're wanting to change the color have you thought about yellow? I love a yellow kitchen. Check out Behr Pismo Dunes. Here's a peek at what this color looks like in my own kitchen. :)
    http://starrgazingblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/home-tour-dining-room/

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! Your kitchen is very cheerful and I love the hutch! :)

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  12. I like the gray.

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  13. Visiting you from Kelly with SUYL. You kitchen is lovely. I'd go with a very light gray.

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  14. Thanks, Deborah! I appreciate you visiting me here! :)

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  15. Wow - very pretty! They gray makes it very light and airy. I've been afraid of gray paint since I live in Seattle and it's always so gray outside :)

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  16. Love the grey! Keep it. It's so calming and goes really well in the kitchen.

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