When we knew we wanted to paint our new house I had a pretty good idea what kind of style I was going for. I wanted to keep in line with my Transitional Beach style (read more about how to find your own personal design style in this post) so I knew warm colors just weren’t going to be in our color palette. We’d already decided on the living/dining/first-room-you-walk-into room, but I just couldn’t decide on a kitchen color. Since the before mentioned room connects and slightly overflows into the kitchen it was important that they looked nice together, for everyone’s eyes sake. Ha! But really. This is the story of how our kitchen was three different colors in the space of less than 2 hours. Yes, this is the story of my kitchen paint COLORS.Let’s start from the beginning. This is my kitchen, I love it! It’s open. The kitchen was red. Very red! If you follow me on instagram (jamijacks) you’ve seen the picture of me holding up my kitchen color next to the red. It is red. It didn’t go with the cool colors I’d picked out. It had to go. At one point it even seemed like the kitchen was a room all by itself. Kind of like at IKEA, when you walk past rooms and it’s like “here’s a nice kitchen” 10 steps later “and here’s a wonderful office. It just didn’t belong in the house (the color, not the kitchen). It was sad. I wanted “happy”.I figured out the best way to pick a kitchen paint color would be to hold paint swatches next to some of the home decor pieces I’d purchased. I did this. I was pretty sure I either wanted a green or blue kitchen. I decided on green because it looked pretty and I thought would go nicely with the wood cabinets. It did. The color (Topiary Tint by SW) is a really pretty color, however as soon as I painted the first stroke I knew it was not the right color for the kitchen.
I couldn’t figure out what I didn’t like about it, but I knew I didn’t like it. We only painted one wall. In the morning the paint swatches went up and in the mean time My Man J, The Lady (my mom), and I all tried to figure out (while unpacking a few boxes) what it was that just wasn’t working.Somewhere along the lines of conversation it was realized that this green color was far too light. Too light!? I went a level lighter on purpose! I figured in the evening the shadows from the room would make it look darker so I went lighter. Wrong! There wasn’t enough contrast between the living/dining/first-room-you-walk-into room color (which seriously guys I can’t get enough of… the before and after of the living room is coming) and the kitchen color.
Back to the paint store (Lowes) we went with a new idea in hand. Like a crazy, I-don’t-really-think-kitchen’s-are-painted-only-this-color ideas. I watched the tint pour into the can (by far the coolest thing to watch), the lady shook it up, blow dried a sample and before I even made it to the van I had already fallen in love with the color. Aquarium. Do you see it!? Even the paint sample on top is in a heart shape!!! (I added the white heart, lol, just in case you didn’t see it in the paint).I started painting as soon as I got home, it was glorious! This is EXACTLY how I was supposed to feel about the kitchen color! We couldn’t get it finished fast enough, humidity always seems to show up when we paint. I’ll let the before and afters speak for themselves. Just so much change! <3
Three colors (I did one roll on the side of the kitchen just to cover more of the red up with green, this is where I stopped.)Coming down the hallway (I can not believe that I didn’t take a picture of the red)I’m still just in shock by how bright it is! <3 (please don’t mind the crazy messy counters 😀 We live here, amidst home projects #reallife).We decided to take off the trim around the top of the cabinets as well. We felt like it was too country for the color we were working with.The pantry. The pictures were taken at different times of day, but look at how the red makes the cabinets almost have a pink hue!So bright!The first wall to be painted. Three colors in less than 24 hours. Just from the red to the green and blue, can you believe the color change in the flooring?! One of my nieces thought we actually put new tile down. I had now idea it was a grey tile!This has been my most favorite transformation that I have shared with you so far. Picking out these two kitchen paint colors was crazy and fun! I do want to say that I’m not a red paint hater or anti-country kitchen. It’s just not my style, I think reds and yellows in a home are lovely. They just don’t really work into my color palette. This has been a totally happy ending to quite a crazy painting story!What do you think of this Make Over Monday? What kind of kitchen paint colors do you like? Have you ever painted your kitchen before?
Have an amazing day!