Painting Is Done!!

Okay, so I know ya’ll have been waiting on pins and needles to see the painting reveal since my last post…right??  Well, I could. not. wait. to get it done.  I slaved worked all weekend and thankfully I can say the painting is done!!  Thank you ALL for your encouraging word through the process!!  You are the ones that helped me make it through to this point!!

The color we chose for the walls is Dogwood Blossom – again, an Olympic paint color (this one I had mixed at walmart – their colorplace brand is way cheaper than most and has worked very well for me as a wall paint over the years).  

The back wall where the door is, is…chalkboard paint.  I did a chalkboard wall years ago in one of the bedrooms here, when it was a playroom for a short period, I have always had one hanging in the kitchen and had planned on using a wall somewhere for this when I started this project.  As I started painting that back wall with the Dogwood color, I immediately texted my hubby and said “I think I really want the chalkboard wall on the back wall”, he answered with a “sounds good”.  So, it was decided!! My kiddos can’t wait to write on it, but wait they shall ;).  The door is painted with the same color that I used on my front door.  I just love the color so much and I have a ton of it!!  Remember it was a mis-tint on sale, so I don’t know the color.  All the remaining woodwork (aside from the light box trim) got a fresh coat of Glidden’s Antique White – the same color I have used on other wood in my house.  

I have no other details for you except pictures!!  Sorry for the overload, but I couldn’t help myself!!  The before and afters are unbelievable, even for me!!  

I will say that waking up to the white the morning after it was painted was quite shocking to my system.  After living with the yellow for so long, the absence of color was like “woah”.  But, I remember the same thing happening when we took our master bedroom from chocolate brown to white.  And now, I love it!!  

The next two things on the list are back splash and lighting.  The laminate counter tops I can deal with for now, but the back splash need to disappear.  Also, that dumb light box has gotta go, and I’m tired of a ceiling fan in the dining room.  Time for something a bit more grown-up for that room.  

However, projects of all kinds on now on hold for a week, as we prepare to host around 20 10th grade girls and 3 college sponsors this weekend for a church retreat.  I know it’s going to be tons of fun!!  But, as always when I am working on a project, my house has been neglected the past couple of weeks.  So, that is where I will be focusing my time.  I do hope to squeeze in a money-saving tip post though!!  

Blessings Friends!!

If you would like to see how it all started, the posts in between, the money-saving post, and the posts after then check here:

The Beginning – 2014 Goal – Refreshing Our Home Among Other Things
Progress – Painting Tips and Kitchen Progress
Almost Done – Kitchen Cabinet Update

Money-Saving Tips – Ways I Saved Money During My Kitchen Refresh
Back Splash Update – Updated Kitchen Backsplash
Door Makeover – One More Tweak
Peninsula Update – Rustic Kitchen Island

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  • Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles

    Wow! Yes, a truly remarkable before and after! Just the cabinets alone were such a dramatic change, but now with the walls and door it's unbelievable! Do you feel like you're living in a new house? Love the wall color too…I'm itching to paint but it must wait. Way to go, Denise! Have fun this weekend. We just had the discussion this morning that we're glad we're NOT hosting this year. 🙂

  • pam {simple details}

    Oh, Denise it looks amazing!! Such a bright, fresh change, I know you have to love it! What a great idea to paint the chalkboard wall and door the fun color. I love how the black wall ties in with your furniture, too! Enjoy!!

  • Jan

    What a transformation! I love the color palette you chose. I was wondering if you had thought about painting out the frame around the light to blend in with the light wall/ceiling color, but then you wrote that you are going to be replacing it. For the time being though, maybe it would be a fun splash of color in an unexpected place to paint the light frame the same color as your aqua door. Ditto the window frames. If you don't like it, you can always paint them the lovely antique white color to go with the cabinets and other woodwork. What a great job, and what a TON of work. I've been wanting to paint my kitchen for nearly 2 years, and still haven't gotten the motivation up to do it. It just seems so overwhelming and the weekends are so short! But seeing your project, it is definitely inspiring.

  • Abby

    Lovely room, very fresh and inviting! I remember being the same way when I painted my kitchen, it sort of shocks your eyeballs when you aren't used to all the white! Very nicely done!

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