Well, we were home for less than two days and I already started painting the kitchen walls. I had the paint (purchased for the hall and foyer), so it was easy to impulsively start painting. It began as an oh-I’ll-just-paint-a-test-swatch and turned into painting half of the kitchen and eating area.
The color really needed to be changed. It was bugging me all the way on the east coast!
So, here it is…
The new color is a half-tint of Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore. As a reference, the door is the same color mixed at full strength. It looks worlds better with the tile and counter.
Here is the color before…
It was Pearly White by Sherwin Williams. I chose it, because I used it in the living and dining rooms of my last house and I always loved it. It was a cooler off-white that worked well with all of my blues. In this house, though, it looked much warmer and more like a cream. It may have been because of the yellow tone in the floors, but either way, it wasn’t quite what I had in mind from the beginning, but it worked okay with the old counters.
I knew that the paint color might be something that would change down the road when the bigger components, like the counters and tile, were installed. Paint is something that’s easy and cheap to change, so it’s better to work it around the bigger choices in a space.
To get into that tiny space between the window frame and the cabinet, I used a little artist brush. It’s an area that’s usually in shadow, so it’s not particularly noticeable, but painting it the wall color is a simple finishing touch.
I also had to repair a spot in the drywall where the old counters left a hole.
I filled it with a few coats of spackle, allowed it to dry, sanded it smooth, and then painted it.
Now, I need to paint the rest of the eating area and the niche with the shelves in the kitchen. I’ll work on that today.
It’s summer break, so the table is a mess!
Anyway, one of the nice things about painting this space the same color as the hallway, stairway, and foyer, is that it addresses the dilemma of the walls around butler’s pantry. I was a bit stuck wondering which wall to paint in which color, since they come together in a bit of a odd way. Now, they will all be the same color, so problem solved!
The butler’s pantry is one of the items on my to-do list for this summer and I can’t wait to see it transformed…