Monday, November 29, 2010

The Makeover Continues ...

I have completely neglected blogging lately, mostly due to the fact that none of our projects are complete yet.  Wow, what a roller coaster ride!  It's amazing how each colour decision affects the next.

As per my last post we started off priming the whole living room and kitchen.  The initial plan was to paint both rooms Behr Butter Cookie yellow but last minute we wondered how a nice fresh light blue might look (Ok, it was after Frank watched a show on HGTV and saw a great paint colour in a room that had similar window light and trim as our rooms)  So, he called me at work we discussed it and I picked up some sample pots of paint on my way home.  Here are the samples on the wall:

Yuk!  the yellow isn't working and the blue is looking too grey.
Luckily Frank recorded the show with the blue paint he liked so we watched it together.  We actually paused the show on screen for over an hour while we discussed our paint selection.  Then we were off to HD to purchase Wave Crest ...

Ok, so we have our blue!  Above just shows one coat of Wave Crest around the window.  Of course, every trip to HD & each decorating show we watch the decor plan gets "tweaked", we had a brief lapse while at HD and were going to use a brick wallpaper behind the gas stove in the LR so we had multiple samples of wallpaper hanging up behind the stove ... can you say "head spinning!"
Now, on to painting the kitchen cabinets, white.  After our weekend of painting the dog woke me in the middle of the night to go out, our living room is this beautiful light blue as is our kitchen and the kitchen cabinets had a very light coat of white on them and it was a full moon ... OMG!  It's so white in here!  It does not look right.  What now?  Well I asked Frank what he thought of the colours and he was undecided.  HGTV was calling him once again!  So while I was at work he called me with a new blue for just the kitchen walls and I picked it up on the way home.  Tuesday Frank and his friend Eric repaint the kitchen walls while I'm at work ... what a joy to come home to.  That's better! (sorry no photo yet)
Flip forward to this Saturday, I put Martha Stewart beadboard wallpaper up on one wall of the kitchen and now it feels like things are coming together.  We still aren't loving the kitchen cabinets, the White looks like chalk, we aren't sold.  Soooo, out come the swatch books and we look at the little inspiration piece from Behr that has our 2 blue wall colours in and there is a really creamy white called Swiss Coffee, I like coffee! Yep, that's what it needs!  Here is a one coat reveal of the Swiss Coffee with the new blue in the kitchen ...

This is just one coat and we are still considering some aging toner around the edges, of course the doors look much better when the knobs are on too.
Here's another look at the before (just for you KA) ...
What do you think so far?


Proper Prim said...

Oh I feel your pain... remember that you are only looking at what you are doing right now. When you get your accessories in there it will begin to feel more like home.

I always put my room together first so I can have a visual of the room done. I am so bad for changing things, then I have a dozen more holes to cover so I get that job out of the way first. I have been known to put things back up within hours of painting... shhh.

I like the blues, it is so calming. I had to chuckle at your hubby watching HGTV and you are the one picking it up on the way home, doesn't it usually work the opposite

I like the idea of antiquing the cupboard edges too that will really warm things.

Good luck, can't wait to see the outcome.

Hugs, Deb

Starwood Country Creations said...

thanks Deb!

Frank works at a Golf Course so he's off for the winter, he's at home today slaving away at the kitchen cabinets. He is a great painter! I'm the type that needs to tape and cover everything in sight, he doesn't need any tape at all. I'm very lucky!


KAP said...

Oooohhhh...FUN! Thanks for the before and afters [once again]. It's nice to watch someone else doing the makeovers :)

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

Swiss Coffee is my favorite white. It is just soft enough without being a color other than white.
It looks like your kitchen walls are a very saturated color and I can't wait to see a better picture.
Continued luck with the make-over.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne. First let me just say what a dramatic transformation it was for the better painting those cabinets. Wow do they pop in all the right ways. I actually love the wall color you have around it. I am for the unique and bold which I think you have accomplished.

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Anonymous said...

Love the cabinets painted, Joanne! Have fun aging them!
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