A few weeks ago I mentioned in ‘My Project Wish List‘ post that I was seriously considering painting at least one wall in the kitchen a soft white. I’ve felt for a very long time that there’s just way too much brown in our house. A hard thing to live with when you’re a lover of white.
I was not expecting to be writing this post so soon, but mother nature helped us along. Sunday was a bit rainy and the forecast for the next couple of days wasn’t so great either, so I figured it was a good time to get to work on the kitchen. We spent the better part of the day Sunday preparing the space…taping, removing wall track lights, outlet covers, a pot rack and even the cabinet on top of the fridge. Ya’ know, the fun stuff.
I had decided on combining ASCP in Pure White and Old Ochre. I considered using Milk Paint, but I knew I wanted to distress the end result and if you’ve ever worked with Milk Paint you know that the results after sanding can be somewhat unpredictable, and I wanted full control.
To refresh your memory, here’s what the kitchen looked like:
And here’s what it looked like at the end of the day on Monday…
and at the end of the day on Tuesday after a second coat. Getting there!
My goal was to brighten up the space but at the same time keep it in harmony with the look of the cabin, so I decided to sand it in a few places and let some wood show through. The painting of the pears on the wall between the windows is matted with a pure, bright white, which I think helps you to understand the color on the walls a bit more by comparison.
Here’s a closer look. I wanted a color that was very close to the color of the plates, and I think I achieved that.
I moved the painted mason jars to one of the windows, and I also painted a couple of accessories that were previously red. The overall look is much brighter and cleaner I think.
Just a random shot of some wildflowers I planted from seed earlier this year. I was eating lunch and noticed how the light was hitting them so I grabbed my camera :).
This project was a LOT of work. Between the detailed prep, having to get on a ladder and subsequently on top of the cabinets, painting two coats, sanding, cleaning the resulting mess from said sanding, then waxing and buffing everything (oh, did I forget to mention that step?), I’m exhausted!
But the space makes me happy now, so it was worth it.
Here’s a little infographic of the steps in case you ever need to distress varnished wood.
In other news…
We pretty much finished the rock garden! Whoo! That too was a TON of work! I must be a masochist. It actually looks a bit different than this photo now. We’ve since added mulch, a few more plants, moved the concrete leaf to the front and I added some Autumn decorations, but you get the idea.
As I’m typing this Fisherman is working on the side wall of the house. Remember the ugly green color of the wood siding? We’re going to paint that, hopefully within the next week or so, assuming the repair of the rotting wood goes according to plan.
Any plans for the weekend? We’ll be staying close to home, seeing some friends and getting things ready for next week when we have some company.
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