Monday, January 10, 2011

Kitchen: Step One

Over the holidays, we were finally able to finish painting the kitchen! I couldn't talk the hub into starting on the kitchen cabinets, but we did get the walls done! One thing at a time, right?

The color is Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams. We used their Cashmere paint, and it went on like pudding and only took two coats, even to cover the hideous green that was in the window bay of the dining area.

Here is my magnetic chalkboard wall (more specifics on this later):

Here is a pic of that green and the lovely wood trim before (and check out those curtains that my MIL sold in the yard sale for about $13):

My latest project is researching a new kitchen versus painting the existing cabinets. How much is a new kitchen? I have heard that I am naive to think that I can do it for $20,000. I am going this week for my second consultation with a Lowe's kitchen lady to see what a ballpark number would be. So, what is more functional, finishing the basement like hubby would love to do, or getting my dream kitchen that I have always wanted? Hmmm.... What do you think?

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  1. The Comfort Gray looks great in your kitchen! We went with Sea Salt which is one shade lighter in our half bath. I love that whole paint strip. We actually went with a similar tan as you throughout much of our first floor - SW Ramie. Oh, and I have those same PB stockings. Great minds! So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

  2. I love the new color, finally pictures!! The magnetic wall looks great, I know it was hard work so start writing sweet things to Ryan!
    I vote paint the cabinets and what's the worst case you hate them and then replace them. Why don't you start with the smallest section of cabinets by the fridge and see how it goes? Maybe your FIL can come again this Spring and help. Save the money for the basement if you can, I know you both really want it.

  3. Love what you have done so far! I would love to paint my cabinets too. I have seen so many pictures on blogs of cabinet painting that look absolutely amazing! Have fun with the projects!

  4. Elizabeth RichardsonJanuary 14, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    I've remodeled a few kitchens. Nice job. My opinion is to paint the cabinets and possibly replace the doors, which I say because the arched panel is in my opinion a little dated. Replace the hardware (pulls) too. But even if you kept the doors you have, painting would look fantastic. You'll save a fortune.

  5. Thanks ladies! Oh - love the replacing the doors suggestion Elizabeth! I will have to check into that one and see how much it will be. I agree - the arch is dated. It is only on the upper cabs, so maybe not to bad to replace!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I've been enjoying going through your blog! Isn't it amazing what painting out the trim can do for a house?! So far as painting the cabinets vs. buying new I say paint (and I still say that after going through the process of painting mine). You can save so much going that route. You can even switch out cabinet hardware to change it up even more if you wanted. Either way, I can't wait to see it!


  7. I am going to be painting my living room, dining room, and kitchen comfort gray and I love your Foyer color with it. Would you share the color with me? Also do you think the comfort gray has too much blue in it to do that many areas in my home? Thanks!