Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A Sunny Yellow Kitchen

Greetings friends!  Last weekend I finally did it!  I finally painted the kitchen!  (With some help from my Mama, Thanks Mama!)

I've been talking about painting our kitchen since forever, and painting the cabinets more recently.  Since I have decided that painting the cabinets is not gonna happen for a while (if ever) I decided to stop talking and start refreshing those walls.

We spend a ton of time in the kitchen, so do Riley and Bandit.  It was dirty, the trim was worn, the walls were covered in spackle marks and scratches.  :)  It was desperate for a new paint job!

And my color of choice... you guessed it!  Yellow!


After much deliberation (and $20 in paint samples later) I finally decided on the perfect shade of yellow.  Creamy and sunny with warm undertones... It is Butter by Valspar.  Which is ironic since I kept saying I wanted to paint the cabinets "butter yellow".  Ha!

I even painted our laminate backsplash.  I found a tutorial ages ago that suggested using Zinsser B-I-N primer which adheres to vinyl and glossy surfaces to prepare the surface for painting.  It even works on tile!  Anyway, as far as I can tell, it worked great on our backsplash.  After priming and spackling a million holes around the walls, I rolled on two coats of butter. ;)
At first I was a little worried that this corner was too bright.  Maybe it is, but since we don't have the pendant light on all the time, it should be okay. :)  It sure is cheerful!

This picture shows the paint color best.  I had to turn off the light and set a really long exposure to get this shot. I really don't know what that means, but at least I got the shot! :)  Sarah does not equal photographer.  Those are hydrangea, butterfly bush and astilbe from my garden. :)


Over the table I have my little white shelf displaying some kitchen accessories, including my glass cutting board that Michael refuses to use.  This is the first thing I ever bought for our first kitchen together and I can't bear to part with it.  For now, it makes nice wall art, no?

And last but not least, here is the before and after comparison!

I love the new color... and more than that, I love that everything is fresh and clean!
What do you think? :)  I think I have a lot of work left to do... like painting the appliances to match!  Stay tuned...


Lisa Dee Neary said...

Love it! (And love your flowers and sentimental "wall art" too!) ... I found your blog doing an image search for valspar butter, because after much deliberation I have chosen to start my paint projects with butter also. I think Valspar's Willow paint color would look nice with butter so I am going to use touches here and there with butter as the star paint color. Good luck with your future endeavours. You have great taste ;)

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