I just spent the last hour searching for pictures of our kitchen when we first moved in. I was just reminded of how it was not my favorite pick when we first looked at it and it took a lot of convincing from my husband that this was the house for us. I wrote a lot about our house in this post last year. It was a good house, in a good neighborhood, with a great school . . .it just needed some TLC.
When I finally found pictures, I remembered why we didn't take a whole bunch. It was really, really bleh. The walls were covered with some cream wallpaper with ivy leaves all over it and then topped with a coordinating border. The trim was painted green to match and the linoleum was crawling up the sides of the wall and had a large spliting line down the middle. It was also brown and yellow. The kitchen cabinets were in great shape, just not the ideal color. And there were lots of cabinets, which was a great selling point because I like kitchen stuff. I found some pictures from when we first moved in and 6 weeks after moving in when I hosted my MOPS table for a playdate.
I knew from the moment we started looking at houses that I wanted grey walls. I thought I had the perfect color until I started painting it. We woke up the next morning to purple walls! Not exactly the color I was looking for. So, after some serious grey analyzing, we found the perfect color. The color ended up being Mountain Pass, by Valspar.
We learned a very valuable lesson on grey. Grey is hard. It can be too purple, too white, too blue, or too black. This is definitely a color you should test out before you paint and in all light settings. Lesson learned.
So for several years, the walls were grey and that's it. We also had a baby and got a new oven during that time. I eventually started to paint the cabinets while the boys napped. The goal was to get it done before we tore out the flooring. But, I was slow. I mean I was blogging, running our MOPS program, two boys under 4, homeschooling preschool for Ethan . . . there was a lot of stuff happening.
Anyways, we finally did the floor two years ago and put in the wainscoting and molding along the ceiling. What a difference that made. Then, this past Christmas, I finished the last of the cabinets. I painted them with Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk Paint and dark wax. It gave them nice matte finish and they have held up really nicely.
Let me know if you have any questions about details that I may have left out. . . I would love to answer your questions!
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