I have learned that there are 2 types of people in the world. No, not optimists and pessimists. Not even conservatives or liberals, but rather, those who are opposed to painting wood, and those that aren’t. My dad is practically a card-carrying member of the former group, and because it’s my generational duty to hold a different opinion, I paint almost everything that doesn’t move. I think Daddy cries a little inside every time I tell him my plans to shellac, lacquer, or spray something, and the kitchen was no different. But, y’all. Was I right or was I right?
This was definitely a learning process, and it should surprise no one that I have a lot of thoughts about how and when one should hire contractors (and that post is coming), but for now, just the TA and DA.
I painted my backsplash and have tried 2 different applications, but thought they looked too homegrown, so painted over them.
The tile painting doesn’t need a tutorial. I taped off, primed with this primer that I love for everything, and after that was dry, I rolled on about 3 coats of the high-gloss version of the same color I used for my uppers. (Behr Ultra in Spun Cotton for the uppers; Intellectual for the lowers.)
Until I decide what I want to do, I hung some artwork Jane Scarlett and I did together. But, look behind the Rainbow pic – you can kind of see the stencil I tried. I may still do it. I tried just doing a matte finish to look kind of like grout, but you couldn’t even tell I had stenciled, and then I over-tinted, and now I’m debating on what to do next. Got any ideas? I really want to avoid the cost and mess of re-backsplashing, so let’s divert from that route.
Sorry, y’all. I’m a proud Mama, and felt like I had to show off her artwork. She named them all, and was pretty pleased with herself.
The open shelving turned out just like I hoped it would. I use my wedding china (Vera Wang’s “Lace”) quite a bit, but it makes me happy to see it even during the non-occasions. Making coffee. Sweeping the floor.
Also, the Faberge dessert plates are from my 1st choice in a china pattern, but I couldn’t muster the gall to register for it. The place settings cost a small fortune, and I was already asking 80% of our guests to travel to New York City. However, one of my dearest friends KNEW of my LURVE and totally splurged on these. I cried when I opened them, but I smile every time I use them. (Loave you, Jen!)
It’s not done done. I borrowed that rug from my guest room, but want something with more color like this.
But, there you go. I didn’t even white balance or edit these images, which should prove how much lighter and brighter it is in my house. And, now the kitchen fits us. It’s not a full reno, but it’s a major improvement. Wouldn’t you agree? Yes. Yes, you would. Sorry, Daddy.