Adding kitchen's paint job, countertops to list of DIY ideas

Adding kitchen's paint job, countertops to list of DIY ideas

I tend to have a short home-decorating attention span.

I'll think of some great idea, and then another, and soon I don't know what to do with them all.

For example, I've lately blogged about ideas for my bathroom door, my porch and antiques I'd like to buy. Those are just the things I've recorded here.

The latest idea began when Rob and I were cooking dinner, and he saw me trying to wipe down the counter.

It's a colorful ceramic tile combination, with a wood lip that's about a quarter of an inch taller than it. This makes it difficult to get the crumbs off, and it's probably not very sanitary.

Rob said, "Maybe we should do something with this countertop."

At the same time, I'd been thinking more about painting the kitchen. I considered it back when I decided to refinish the floors. I wanted a turquoise color like in this kitchen, but I got the paint chip and didn't like it. Since then, I've put it off because there are so many nooks in my combined kitchen and dining room.

I was washing dishes the other night, and a light blue serving bowl ended up sitting on top of a scarlet Fiesta baking dish under the faucet. I was surprised by how beautiful the colors looked together, at how the blue made the red pop.

I often think that the yellow color of the kitchen competes too much with the red refrigerator and other accents. The result can be almost garish. A light gray-blue paint would really tone things down. I painted the living room gray a couple of years ago, and was surprised at how neutral it turned out.

And of course, once I started dreaming about a paint color, I also started thinking about countertop solutions. I found a blog where they turned $77 worth of pennies and two-party epoxy into countertops. Another blog included tutorials from one couple's DIY concrete countertops and experiments with concrete resurfacer. I also want to look into materials like soapstone and butcher block.

And, I'm thinking that as a much-needed backsplash, Rob and I could explore using tin ceiling tiles

So far, he likes my ideas. We haven't made any firm decisions yet, but we're sure having fun thinking about it.

Photo is from last year, just after we got the fridge and stove. It shows both the countertop and the current yellow paint color.




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