Painting the kitchen a total refresher

Painting the kitchen a total refresher

I had the day off Monday, with big plans to tame the weeds in my yard.

But the weather had other ideas, and I buckled down and painted the kitchen. (By the way, I'm about to surrender and declare creeping charlie a groundcover.)

I'd picked up some paint Sunday night (it's not a real holiday without hitting the home improvement store, right?) and decided rather than taking one wall at a time, I'd just dig in to finish the job.

I had Rob take down the various shelves in our kitchen, and then spent all morning and most of the afternoon painting. By evening, the paint had dried enough for us to start moving items back to their original locations. By Tuesday morning, I was putting shelves back up and returning items to their rightful homes. Done and done.

It was so satisfying to finish, and the new paint makes such a huge difference. The old yellow paint was cheerful, but it contrasted highly with the dark woodwork and white ceilings. It also, to some extent, clashed with my colorful accessories.

The new dockside haze color is calming and shifts in color from a soft pale blue in the sunlight to a moody gray in the evening. It blends better with the ceiling, which I think makes the room seem bigger. You don't look at it and think "wall." You just don't notice it.

It also makes the fridge and other colorful items really pop.

It matches the colors in the rest of my house better. In the two-and-a-half years I've lived there, I've painted the living room gray, our bedroom a pale blue and the spare room a bolder turquoise color. I'll never forget interviewing local interior designer Ricci Jackson for a Saturday At Home story. She suggested all the colors in your home should follow the same basic palette. I remember thinking at that time, "I have got to do something about that yellow." Now, the transition between the adjoining living room and dining room/kitchen is much more seamless.

Sometimes when I enthuse about my love for painting, the person I'm talking to wrinkles his or her nose. But as I see it - how else could you get so much impact for about $20? The kitchen feels like an entirely new room. Plus, the process of painting is soothing to me. You don't have to think much; just make sure your coats are even and you're not dripping. (In voicing my enthusiasm, I've already volunteered to help a coworker paint her kitchen cabinets. I'm actually excited at the prospect.)

Blog PhotoHow about you - do you love to paint, or would you rather scrub your bathroom with a toothbrush? I'm interested in your opinion.


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algon wrote on April 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

I'd rather scrub my bathroom with a toothbrush, no contest. Recently, I volunteered a lifetime of taking out the trash for a one-time painting of the kitchen, and I think I got the better end of that deal.

Meg Dickinson wrote on April 28, 2011 at 10:04 am
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Hey, whatever works.