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Kitchen Makeover- Paint Changes EVERYTHING

From drab to fab! Creating a new kitchen with only one tool!

 

If anyone asked me what my favorite room in the house is, it would usually be my family room.
It’s cozy, I love the paint color in there and it’s where the television is.

But tie for the favorite room is my kitchen.
Because I spend more time in that room probably than any other.
I cook in here, help kids with homework in here, do craft projects in here, bake in here, do the bills in here, eat all our meals in here, sit around the kitchen table and talk in here.
It is where we do most of our living.

When we first moved to our home in 2005, the kitchen didn’t have much character.
Builder grade white walls, no decor to speak of and there just wasn’t a lot of love in this room.

In fact, here are some pictures I have of our home before we bought it:

 

In fact, here are some pictures I have of our home before we bought it:

 

There are a lot of bloggers who are painting their cabinets white and that's great but to those who are still on the fence?

There are a lot of bloggers who are painting their cabinets white and that’s great but to those who are still on the fence?
DON’T DO IT.
RESIST THE URGE.
You will be cleaning your cabinets for the rest of your ever-loving lives.
It never ever ends.
It’s this abysmal pit of cleaning that will go on and on and on and on and on…….
Embrace your oak cabinets.
With all of your being.

Despite the sea of white that I saw when I walked into my kitchen for the first time, it was an amazing space.
My mom compared it to a farmhouse kitchen because it was its own separate room unlike most kitchens today where they open up to a family room.
Which actually was exactly what I was looking for originally but over the years, I have embraced this kitchen.

So it makes sense that the first room we painted that summer we moved in was the kitchen.
Because if I was gonna spend a lot of time in this room, it needed to be any color other than white.
We picked this teal color, I wish I could remember the name but it was almost eight years ago.
This is what our kitchen looked like with the teal:

 

We got so many compliments on this color and we loved it too but over the years it was starting to show wear and tear.

 

We got so many compliments on this color and we loved it too but over the years it was starting to show wear and tear.
Plus, I think kitchens need to get painted more often because of all the grease, oils, smoke, etc. that goes along with cooking.
And as much great natural light as we got in this room, this color really dragged down the kitchen.

And as much great natural light, as we got in this room, this color really dragged down the kitchen.
Especially in the winter months.

 

The one great thing about this color is that it made the white appliances look better if that's even possible.

The one great thing about this color is that it made the white appliances look better if that’s even possible.
Hey, I am just glad they aren’t avocado green, not that there is anything wrong with that.

 

I have wanted to paint this kitchen many times over the years.

I have wanted to paint this kitchen many times over the years.
At one point, I even wanted to paint it red.
But thought that would make it even darker and we wanted to go in the other direction.

Then this summer, I stumbled upon a color by Benjamin Moore called Revere Pewter and it was life-changing.
Because it made our master bath and the girls’ bath look so much richer and brighter.

And then I stumbled upon this color on a favorite blog of mine:

 

Isn't that green amazing?

Isn’t that green amazing?
I am not a huge fan of green paint.
I mean, I guess you could say the teal I have in the kitchen is green but not GREEN green.
So when I saw this, I knew immediately I needed to have it in my home somewhere.
I asked Holly over at Life as a Thrifter what color this was and she said Offbeat Green by Sherwin Williams.
I then went to my local Sherwin Williams store, got the swatch, and put it away for over a month.
Originally I thought about painting my entire kitchen this color.
But I was wanting to shy away from such a bold color in my kitchen, would I really want to do another bold color?
So I had an idea; paint an accent wall in the kitchen the green but the rest do in a neutral Revere Pewter.
I headed over to Home Depot with my Sherwin Williams swatch in hand and we got to work.

 

Excuse my recycling on the counter.

Excuse my recycling on the counter.

Painting prep is never pretty nor fun.

Painting prep is never pretty nor fun.

The green is up!

The green is up!

Bye bye teal.
Bye bye teal.
You were really good to us.

 

I never said painting was pretty.

I never said painting was pretty.
But look at how much brighter it is??

And here is our new kitchen!

 

I am officially in love with that green accent wall.

I am officially in love with that green accent wall.
And I am SO glad we decided to do just one wall in the green.
Because the Revere Pewter is such a neutral that it would have looked so blah on every single wall.
Although now I wish I had painted every wall in Offbeat Green.
Yet, I wonder if having it on every wall would have been overkill?

 

Still getting used to the neutral after having such a dark color on the walls.

Still getting used to the neutral after having such a dark color on the walls.
But we all love how it looks in here now.
So much lighter.

 

So much lighter.

It feels so fresh and clean in here now!

 

It feels so fresh and clean in here now!

 

 

That clock I got at Target last year for $3 on clearance!!

That clock I got at Target last year for $3 on clearance!!
The “our life” sign I actually made from an old sign two summers ago.
Go here for the tutorial.

The artwork clip strip I got at Goodwill last year for $2.99.
The curtains are from Lowe’s.

 

I don't think I have ever loved a paint color so much.

I don’t think I have ever loved a paint color so much.

 

This was with the overhead lights off and it's still bright and cheery!

This was with the overhead lights off and it’s still bright and cheery!

Here is the original before:

 

 

The before:

 

 

And the after:

 

And the after:
Did you notice the artwork on the wall?
Did you notice the artwork on the wall?
That may or may not have been my Fall To Don't List.
That may or may not have been my Fall To Don’t List.
Head here for the details on how I made it.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my loyal readers.
I am so thankful for all of you.

19 thoughts on “Kitchen Makeover- Paint Changes EVERYTHING”

  1. I adore that color green! We have been scouting out paint samples for that same shade so I can have a green kitchen too. Ours has a ton of natural light but the yellow walls with white cabinets is just too much for me. Thanks for sharing this – I have officially been moved to paint!

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  2. Wow, it looks great Kari! Very crisp and fresh – perfect for a kitchen. I'll think you'll be happy you only painted an accent wall. Over a couple years the green would feel like too much. That's just my opinion. ; ) I wish I had white cabinets. Our are the original wood grain cabinets with an orangey look to them. YUCK! ~ Catie

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  3. LOVE the bold green and neutral pewter! The kitchen looks amazing and very welcoming. Your message on your fall "to don't" list is fabulous!I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

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  4. What a lovely space and that color totally makes it POP!Awesome job!Would love if you came by to link this up at my party happening now!Stacey of Embracing Changehttp://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  5. You did an incredible job with the color choice, Kari. To be honest I love them both, and your kitchen looks amazing;-) very inspiring!

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  6. OooooWeee I love that color. We did our little kitchen in our holiday home in green but I think I choose the wrong tone. It looked like a monster baby had an upchuck on the walls. Soooo bad. Your version is so much better. I’ll have to see if I can find that color here in South Africa.

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    1. LOL, that made me laugh so hard right in my kitchen and now everyone is looking at me. Green is hard because it can either look like a monster baby upchucked, or it can look like you live in the rainforest.
      That green is still in the kitchen (we painted it over six years ago), and I still get compliments on it. Now, if I had painted the ENTIRE kitchen, it would have looked like upchuck.

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  7. Wow that is one bold color Kari! And you are one brave lady for going that route. But I believe it is your home and you should love what is in it! It certainly is a bright and happy color!! Anything is better than the boring beige!

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