Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Paint in the Kitchen

I am absolutely sore and exhausted today, but it is a good feeling. Between Monday and Tuesday I was able to get the cabinets and the walls painted in the kitchen and sore ankles are worth it. ;) I think I only sat down  yesterday to eat an orange, check the email once or twice and change Malachi's diaper. But, it is done.

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Since we moved here a year and a half ago I have gone through agonizing mental pains in trying to decide what color to paint the kitchen. It tends to be a dim room, despite the two windows, since it looks out to the north and west. I thought and thought, got paint samples and taped them to the walls, tried to think of what would look pleasing with the paint color of the living room and dining room, etc. etc. I think I was overthinking it.

I went to the thrift store on Saturday and found two lace valances that had a pale silvery-blue ribbon woven in at the top. The kitchen was the only room in the house that had not yet received curtains so I brought the valances home. I decided I really loved the silvery blue color so on Monday we went out and got paint in a similar hue; called "Sea Scent".

Now that it is on the walls, it is a little darker than I had imagined. But it is so fresh, and clean, and airy. I love it. I got a semi gloss finish for scrubbability and to help reflect the light, and to help bring more light in I hung an old mirror on the wall. It does help open the room up tremendously.

I can't believe how much a few dollars worth of paint can make a room come to life. I have hated cooking in this kitchen and have been embarassed to have people over and in it since the walls were so streaky with lime green paint, stained, chipped, etc. Now I won't mind at all if people want to hang out in the kitchen with me - since it does seem to be a popular gathering place when we have company! The thing I really can't believe is that I have wasted a year and half trying to find the "perfect" paint color before I did this. Why, oh why? 

The boys seem to like it. Judah kept telling me I was "doing a good job, Mommy" yesterday while I worked on painting. David was excited to see the green paint go "bye-bye" (and so was I!) and Malachi runs through the kitchen with his blankie in tow screaming "Blue! Blue! Blue!"

You know, Mr. Malachi, that this color almost exactly matches your big eyes with their innocent gaze.

Of course, you and I both know that the innocent gaze you have is nothing but a big, fat cover up. But we won't tell. Everyone else can think you are an angel. I won't blow your cover, little dude.


  1. WOW! I love that color! It will be beautiful in the mornings!

  2. That is 100x better than the green! I love love love it!

  3. I know I never comment anymore but seeing Malachi I had to. I have been having a REALLY bad week. It just touched my heart that he has his quilt in tow. It made me happy that he seems to love it.

  4. Janice {{hugs}} I am so sorry you have been having a rough week. I hope things will soon become more cheerful. And YES, Malachi LOVES his blanket. When he was a baby I envisioned myself putting it away with his tiny clothes, saving it for the next baby. Um, I don't think that is going to happen! He won't sleep without it and he has to take it with him when we go to church, or grocery shopping, or visiting at anyones house. The quilt and his "purple silky" (the purple sash you see in these photos) go with him everywhere. He has loved this blanket since I wrapped him in it as a newborn. It is funny since he was not that way with any of the other blankets he used. Just this one. It must be ultra special. :)

  5. WOW! It doesn't even look like the same kitchen! Looks beautiful and I LOVE the valances! Can't wait to come over and hang out in it again! :)

  6. I think its looks so cheery! I love it. :)

    Do you want to come help us deicde what colors to do our house now? :D lol


  7. Please stop beating yourself up for taking so long to decide what colour to paint your kitchen. You were waiting for the right inspiriation at the right time. You found the curtains and that was the key! Everything is beautiful in God's timing. That blue is beautiful.

  8. Love it!!! I LOVE a pale blue room, I don't care what kind of room it is. It does look wonderfully crisp and clean and pretty!

  9. The blue is lovely. It makes me want to paint my house!! I love it. By the way, I am a quilter and I hung my head in shame at your quilt in a weekend beauty - for alas, I just finished a quilt that I have been working on since August! Oh well, better than never at all!

  10. Looks very fresh and airy. It's nice to have a pretty kitchen - after all, one spends a good deal of time in it :)

  11. Happy, happy, happy!

    Sometimes it just does take time. You have to get to know a room's moods, its many lights and shades, what pleases and displeases, and then of a sudden it will be time. That's seemed to have happened here, and voila, success.

    Malachi is a darling.

    Very best,



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