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By February 5, 2013February 22nd, 2013DIY, House, Kitchen, Weekend


Ta-da! Kitchen painted! Doesn’t it look so much better!? If you’re just catching up, we did a little bit of impromptu renovating 2 weekends ago, so this weekend was the clean-up and prettify of the mess we made. We completely painted the kitchen, the pantry and the hallway (since it directly conjoins wall-wise.

Here are a few before pictures. I failed to take any right before we started painting, it was too chaotic with pets and open cans of paint. Take my word for it that it was ugly, dingy, and poorly masked with flesh-colored “neutral” paint…



I’d actually been hoarding the paint I wanted to use for over a year. I’m always perusing the markdown paints at Lowes, colors that someone just thought were wrong or decided not to use (I used to work there, I know), and when I stumbled on this soft grey, I knew it’d be perfect to temporarily improve the state of the kitchen while we save for a full remodel.



We painted the doors with chalkboard paint. Yep, I totally got sucked into Pinterest one night and decided it would add some fun to the kitchen. Obviously it’s just boring black while it sets. Kind of elegant no?


Our little Boston key rack, still the only thing we’ve hung to date…


In the late afternoon with the sun shining in…


The dark hallway. I probably shouldn’t have taken these at sunset, the light was just all over the place.


The rest of the kitchen, unchanged but better for our efforts. It feels worlds different from when we first moved in!

So there you have it. It’s not perfect, but I’m so happy with it. Happy to have a color I love and one less room that is flesh-colored. Grateful for a big airy kitchen that is starting to feel more like “us.” We’ve still got a long way to go, but you eventually learn to enjoy every step of the process.


  • I’ve been sucked into more and more Pinterest stuff . . . and I’ve realized it’s not entirely bad. What seems like a huge trend on there seems novel to many of my friends πŸ™‚ Like I’m some huge innovator or something. I’ll take it. Also, I’m worried my whole entire house is going to be covered in chalkboard paint. It’s not really even for the ability to write on it — I just like the start contrast of some black walls. Your kitchen is looking great!

    • Jessica says:

      I feel that way sometimes, but I’m so clueless that my friends help me a good deal when it comes to the “big picture” and how everything is going to pull together and look. It doesn’t hurt (other than my pride) that I have a few interior designers for friends.

      I love the contrast too! That’s how I ended up with our living room choices. Maybe it’s my Scandinavian background peaking through. Too bad the rest of me is so Midwest…

  • christa says:

    Love it! I have a light grey picked out for our future living room. I adore the chalkboard doors and am envious of the big window over your sink! πŸ™‚

  • christa says:

    PS: where did you get that wooden step stool? Shorty needs one of those…

    • Jessica says:

      It’s Ikea, and I think it was like $12 or most. We got it because I can’t reach the tops of our cabinets, and it’s good for dusting fixtures, etc. It’s been unpainted until now, but that’s sure to change as it now has drops of paint all over it.