I scoured and studied pictures of our house before I had the chance to see it in person. That didn’t happen until after we made an offer and were pretty much committed to buy it as long as Jeff received a job offer. In the pictures, I was hopeful that the trim was a nice, clean white, but I had my doubts.
When I walked through the house for the first time, my love for the house was tempered, if even a little, but the fact that trim was almost beige. I knew it would mean weeks of painting if I wanted it to be bright white, which, of course, I did. Having painted out the trim in our two previous homes, I knew what a huge job it is and not one that’s particularly exciting.
The results of bright white trim, though, are worth it.
So, Monday, when it was raining outside and I couldn’t spray the cabinet doors, I put on the musical Hamilton, listened through it for the first time, and painted trim. (Fantastic, by the way! The musical, not the trim painting.)
It took me the entire time the boys were at school to paint the trim in the kitchen and the base cabinets (not including the crown molding).
And that doesn’t even include the window frames. It’s a bummer that those are all beige as well, because it will involve a lot of tedious painting. Those details make a big different, though, so they will get painted on at a time.
(That sash still needs a second coat. Isn’t it a pain that white over cream almost always takes two coats?!)
For the trim and the cabinets, I’m using Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint in Satin. The color is a custom-mixed formula to match Farrow & Ball’s All White…
It’s a clean, bright white, but it’s not as stark as the bright white out of the can.
I’ll share more about painting with Advance in my next post about painting my cabinets.
I’m also using Advanced paint in satin for the interior doors, which are also beige. I want to paint all of the interior doors in the house a color, so I’ve been debating between Templeton Gray…
…or a paler, bluer Stonington Gray…
I decided to go with Stonington Gray. Both really are pretty colors, but I think this option is more neutral to use throughout the home. I’m also going to use it on the kitchen island. It’s going to look a little off with the current counter, but will look gorgeous with the white marble (yes, I’m going for it) I hope to install in the coming months. (I’ve been doing a ton of reading up on marble and this article helped me decide to get what I really want and that’s real marble.)
And another thing I have finally made a decision about is the hardware!
I was planning to just keep the existing hardware. I don’t love it, but it’s neutral enough that it doesn’t bother me. I have looked and looked for hardware, but I had some limitations. The drawers are very skinny where the hardware is attached (just over an inch), so I can’t use bin cup or clapper pulls, which would be my preference. All of the hardware I found that was on the thinner side looked modern or wasn’t any better than the current handles.
This morning, on a whim, I tried on a glass knob from my stash. The style of the knob isn’t quite right, but I liked the look. It’s a nice bridge between the traditional styling of the cabinets and my style.
I selected these knobs from Hobby Lobby…
I needed a boatload of pulls and these were 50% off, which made them $5/each. It’s still a small investment, but one that will really change the look and feel of the kitchen along with all of the paint.
It’s so exciting to me that the kitchen is coming together! I can picture the finished result and it’s just going to be beautiful.
I hope to finish painting and installing the lower cabinet doors tomorrow…