12/11/13

Some progress in the kitchen...

So you may remember in my Christmas decor video (check that out here if you missed it), I mentioned that I was in the middle of painting our kitchen walls.  Well that painting project is DONE and I'm loving our new light and bright kitchen!


























I selected a really warm "greige".  We'll get more into that in a moment, but first let's take a look back at what it looked like before...


Totally not bad, but I was never a fan of how yellow that particular color read on the walls in there. It's actually a beautiful, warm tan that I really quite like in other rooms of the house, but in this one, it just never was right to me. Maybe it was the contrast of all the white cabinets on the walls. Who knows. I just know I'm really happy with the new color and how everything turned out.

The color I chose is Clay Beige by Benjamin Moore. I'd describe it as a very warm light gray. This one is perfect for this space because it's still warm in tone (to play well with the countertops, stone backsplash, and neighboring dining room painted in the original warm tan), but it's lighter. The hint of gray makes it interesting and far from a typical beige.  It reads very different throughout the day. Sometimes it looks a bit more gray, sometimes you can't tell it's gray at all. It's so pretty.

To me, it's just the perfect shade. I like a light and bright kitchen without being SOLID white. I like the tone-on-tone feel of it now. Feels clean, a little glam, yet still cozy.

You guys may remember me mentioning Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore in my guest bedroom post (here).  I found these colors to be super similar, however I think I'd be more likely to choose the Clay Beige for more rooms because the Edgecomb Gray can read a bit too cool sometimes. Which I don't mind in the guest bedroom, but I wouldn't want it in a larger space, personally.  Clay Beige is a bit cozier I think.

I think for a space like this, where the wall space is actually super small (really just around the top of the cabinets and around the door and windows in the breakfast area), a dark color would look a little too jarring and heavy around the ceiling with all the white cabinets. I discovered while painting around the tops of the cabinets that the walls of this room were actually a super dark green at one point! That would have been interesting to see!


Here's a shot looking in from the other direction...


I also painted all the bead board in here. There is some covering the back of the island and also on the black splash on the area on the other side.


Not sure why whoever installed the stone backsplash throughout the rest of the kitchen didn't continue it on this side as well... Oh well. I really think the bead board is quite pretty over there anyway.

I also changed up the chalkboard wall for Christmas too!


You can check out how I created my chalkboard wall in this post.  It's so fun! I don't always plan on having a fancy little creation on there. I just think it's fun for certain holidays when I know we'll be having people over.  The possibilities are endless!

As far as future plans for the kitchen, it's still very much a work in progress. Which I think is what living in a home and making it your own is all about. I love that we still have so much to do over the rest of our lives in this house (yeah, I really don't want to move again...ever), so it's exciting to think we could eventually make it into anything we want over the years.

I really want to update the range hood soon. Maybe add something that looks more custom? Also, eventually update the appliances. Not for stainless for the sake of having stainless because that seems to be what people are thinking is only acceptable now-a-days.  Which is kind of silly to me.  I actually love white appliances when they're done right. Like this and this.  To me, it actually looks more thought-out.

I hate to say this because I hate doing things for the sake of being "trendy" especially in your own home, where decisions should reflect your taste, not someone else's, but I think stainless is kind of losing it's appeal. It seems in most newly-designed kitchens I've seen lately, white has been the popular choice. At our last house, when we re-did our kitchen, we replaced all the appliances with brand new, shiny stainless appliances in our pretty white kitchen. I love the look of that kitchen and I still do. Mostly because we got these amazing smudge-proof stainless by Frigidaire Gallery that have a really professional look without all the upkeep of stainless. I'd make that decision again and again.

But for this kitchen, I want to go another direction. I want it to look a bit warm and homey, while still looking very sleek and designed (eventually)... not like a professional test kitchen...haha.  I know we're going for white when we need to replace anything. Now, there are so many brands that are offering white in some of their best appliances. Right now, I just can't justify replacing appliances that look fine and that work perfectly.
...Well, with the exception of our wall oven, which has done some sketchy things lately.  So we've been giving it the side-eye. But when it does call it quits (hopefully not anytime soon), we'll go with a pretty shiny white like this one.
Our wall oven, range, hood, and dishwasher are original to the house and are about 15 years old. So they make me a little nervous...haha.

Our fridge isn't my favorite, but it's brand new so we'll work with it for a while. Maybe building it in like we did at our last place.

Like I said, lots of plans! But I feel like the wall color made such a difference and is a huge step in the right direction.

So what about you guys? Have you all done any painting projects lately? Isn't it crazy what a difference some paint can make??


42 comments:

  1. Beautiful kitchen Tiffany! I love all the small details and the chalkboard mini wall, I've always wanted to have one of those :)

    Carina
    CARSTINA

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  2. This is THE most perfect kitchen I have ever seen! Like seriously my exact dream kitchen. You have gorgeous taste!

    Brittnee
    http://beautyproductaday.blogspot.com

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  3. You did a great job! It definitely opens up the kitchen more! Love it.

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  4. Your kitchen is beautiful. If you dont care for the fridge I would eventually sell it and invest in a counter depth one for that space. Thats what I did in my kitchen and while people told me nobody would want my white fridge there were many people eager to snatch it up.

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    1. a counter depth one is a great idea! I SO wish this one was!! Because I actually dont mind how the front looks. I just hate how far it sticks out. Also, I cannot believe how much more expensive counter depth fridges are!! lol

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  5. Está preciosa, parece de revista!!

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

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  6. Have you thought about putting maybe plants or some type of decor on top of the kitchen cabinets? I think it would look nice :)

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  7. I LOVE your kitchen! It is so elegant yet cozy.

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  8. Your kitchen is just lovely! And I love that chalkboard :)
    xoxo
    Suzanne from written by suzanne

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  9. I really love how you decorate youe home!!!!!

    http://mabulledepensees.blogspot.fr/

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  10. I love your kitchen. Actually I also liked the yellow-ish color. Maybe mainly because my own kitchen has pale yellow walls. Haha. Anyway, I would love to have a kitchen like this. It's so totally different from what is common here in Germany.

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  11. Kitchen remodeling is fun when you don't have to do a major overhaul to make a difference. I can't believe how much of a change the coat of paint made! I love the new color. Good luck with the remainder of your kitchen renovation plans! Can't wait to see them!

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  12. The new color really opens up the space. I like the bead board so much better than the stone backsplash. The bead board goes so well with the style of the kitchen. 'Greige' is just beautiful. You did an awesome job!

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  13. Love the canisters and love the bead board. You are very artistic in your writing on the chalkboard. Mine would look like something from a kindergartner! lol. Thanks for the inspiration! xoxo - Erica
    Splashes of Charm

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  14. i'm in love with your chalkboard! it's such a good idea!

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  15. Is that Top Chef I see on in the background? Love it Tiff!

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  16. We are in the process of painting our entire house to lighten up. We managed to paint everything but the bedrooms (they'll be taken care of in the spring). We initally painted our kitchen Clay Beige as well. Unfortunately, it was going a little green at night and kind of clashing with the livingroom. It was/is a gorgeous color in natural light, but was a little too chameleon for me at in the evening. I'm glad it worked out for you!! Looks lovely. :) Keep up the interior decor/reno posts!!

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    1. Thank you! Isn't paint crazy?? It's amazing how different the same shade can look room to room

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  17. You have a beautiful kitchen!! x
    www.daisydaisyxxo.blogspot.com

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  18. I want to say I remember you said the original color in your kitchen was SW Macadamia? I loved the contrast and how different it looked in each room that THAT is the color I chose for our house, kitchen and all! It reads more like a warm greige in our house and I love it. Too funny. This color you chose is perfect for your kitchen ... it's just a subtle difference from what you originally had, but it works so well.

    This really is a beautiful kitchen and you've done an outstanding job!

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  19. LOVE the paint color :) I have a similar kitchen ….white cabinets, granite counter tops, and wood floors! I love the under the cabinet lighting. Is it built in?
    Thx

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  20. We have slick black appliances and I love them!

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  21. The kitchen is gorgeous. So jealous :)

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  22. Such prettiness! We love what you've done in this beautiful space!

    xo

    www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi what cool is your kitchen aid mixer? I love how it looks in your kitchen.

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    1. I meant to ask, what color is your kitchen aid mixer.

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  24. Your kitchen is gorgeous! The new color works well in the space. I love your glass canisters! Where did you buy them? I have been looking for glass kitchen canisters forever.

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    1. I was about to post the same question. The kitchen is beautiful and those airtight glass canisters are hard to find!

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  25. Hi Tiffany love your kitchen. I have same granite from our kitchen remodel last year but we went with classic oak cabinets. Love that the granite can pick up so many other colors. GE has a new color of appliances called Slate. That is what we got for our new stove. Have not replaced the fridge yet since it works (it's almond). Anyway you might want to check out the slate appliances, nice change from stainless steel.

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  26. Hi Tiffany, I love cooking and I LOVE your kitchen it looks so clean and tidy and perfect :D

    -Shelby
    http://bittersweetshelby.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. Do you have a link to your kitchen ceiling lights? They look like they put out a ton of light and would be perfect for our upstairs landing.

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  28. I love it, it looks better than before you are right! :) I would love to decorate my home like the way you do, but first I need some good moolah to do that! oh and my own home! lol Really Tiffany, you inspire me for when I do purchase my 1st home :)

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  29. I heart your kitchen!!! It's so so so beautiful!!!

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  30. You have absolutely fantastic taste. I love all of it, and I waaaaant your nook chandelier. :)

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  31. Thanks for sharing, Tiffany! I'm in the middle of remodeling our new home (new to us) and it's nice to get some inspiration in the paint department. We've painted the basement, main floor, and still have to paint the upstairs. The hardest part is choosing the color! One question...where did you get your darling chairs at your dining table?

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  32. Tiffany - I love the new color of your kitchen! It is perfect. I never would have noticed how "yellow" it was before, but when you showed us the previous photo, I can see what you mean (although it still looked really nice). The wall color now really does brighten up the space & I like the lights underneath your cabinets. I know the granite was already in when you moved in, but do you have any idea who makes it or the name, etc? I love it & it's exactly what I want in my new kitchen. I'm currently working with our builder's decorator & have to give her our granite choice in the next couple of weeks, but I can't find one that I just love, if you know what I mean. But, from the pictures of your kitchen, I really do love yours. And I think I am going to go with your paint color too - I love it that much. Thank you for sharing & I just love your house so much!

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  33. I love the light fixtures. Did they come with the house or did you replace them? If so where did you get them?

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  34. Beautiful kitchen! I'm just in the beginning stage of remodeling ours, but am so excited to have a white kitchen! Isn't it hard to decide what will look best? I hope all of ours pulls together how I imagine it in my mind!
    Sally
    loveofhomes.com
    loveofhomes.com

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  35. Tiffany::: Where did you get the storage you put flour & sugar in that sits on your counter top?? I NEED them :D

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