“I feel pretty! So pretty!” (That’s my kitchen singing…)

I LOVE fall, but at the same time I hate this time of year. It’s just so busy… shopping and last minute summer plans… back to school planning and everything just seems frantic. It sucks.

How is it labour day weekend already?

I can’t believe I haven’t written in like a month.. it’s awful. But the good news (for me, anyway) is that my absence from this blog has meant that I’ve been working my ass off on the house! The kitchen is ALMOST done, and I’ve even painted almost the entire main floor to go with it. New furniture, new art, new lamps and I’ve rearranged pretty much everything. I am in. love. Finally! My house feels open and light clean and almost beachy, which might sound odd but it’s exactly what I wanted! Can’t afford a beach house? No problem.. bring the beach home! lol

I still have a million projects that I’m working on… mainly finishing up with the paint and then dealing with all the little details like getting things up on the walls and hanging curtains, etc. But it literally looks like a different house, and for that I am grateful.

I can’t wait to post pics once everything is done, but without all the little details in place it just doesn’t look FINISHED yet. In the meantime, here is a BEEYOOTEEFUL little sneak peek of what I’ve been up to…

I THOUGHT I had settled on our paint colour, but as it turns out it was just too light against the white cabinets. As always, I love pretty much everything that they do over at Young House Love, and their living room was done in “Moonshine” by Benjamin Moore. I picked up the chip and spent a few weeks living with taped up in various places to see how it looked in different lighting, at different times of the day, etc. I thought it was a little bit light, but forged ahead anyway and painted almost the ENTIRE kitchen with it. Naturally, when I was 90% done, my husband and I sat back and said, “Yup – way too light.” UGH. So, to keep things simple I decided to go one shade darker on the colour strip, which took me to “Gray Horse”. Thankfully, since I had a whole gallon of Moonshine that was going to be for nothing, Benjamin Moore was able to just tint it darker since the new shade was from the same colour grouping – WHEW! Saved $60 right there. Once that was taken care of I was back up on my dining room chair, painting everything AGAIN.

Here is a little glimpse of the before/during/after… on the left is the brown that the kitchen was painted before we bought the house (Jackson Tan, BM), in the middle is Moonshine, and then on the right is Gray Horse.. (it was still wet, hence the odd shininess of it!)

Much better!

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And for the finished product, this is what our kitchen looked like when we bought the house in 2008:

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And here is what it looks like now:

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SIGH… amazing what PAINT can do! I did the cupboards in “Old White” by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – So fresh and happy!!! I even painted the ugly old bread box and knife block.. LOL.. As much as I love it now, it’s still frustrating how many MORE things I’m realizing I want to do now… stainless appliances… granite counters… glass backsplash… new light fixtures… sigh.  Oh well, one thing at a time!
Pretty proud so far… it’s been a lot of work – I started this kitchen in NOVEMBER last year.. lol – but with three kids it is really tough to do much of anything around here, so I consider this a major accomplishment!

Back to painting I go… hope everyone has a fabulous long weekend!


  1. Mei says

    Wow! You’re awsome! Can I have some of your kool aid? I need some of your energy! It looks beautiful, and I even think the white appliances look fine. I have 4 months till Baby eta (yes, that’s Christmas) and its all I can do to get regular chores done. If I’m lucky I might get in some baby room decor that usually ends with me ogling old baby clothes trying to figure out how my boys got so grown up!

  2. Evie says

    I’m over here because of your YHL comment! Can’t wait to take a look around your site. Your kitchen looks great! Nice to see the Annie Sloan paint on cabinets! What paint did you put on the walls? And did you just wax the cabinets, or did you seal them with acrylic or something? Love the look! Yep, major accomplishment with kids! I’m working on my dining room now, and I’m aiming for that same contrast. :-)

    • says

      Thanks so much, Evie – I’m happy you’re here! The cabinets are sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax and the walls are painted gray horse” by Benjamin Moore. We did the whole main floor in that colour it’s really nice.
      Good luck with your dining room!

      • Evie says

        Ohhh, gray horse! I’ve been looking at BM Paris Rain, and I was wondering if that was what you’d used there. Paris Rain has a green undertone…..can’t decide if I really want that long term. But seeing your kitchen, now I know for sure that I’m going to do my built in breakfront in my favorite SW Dover White and the walls (very broken up by arches and windows) in soft gray(ish).

  3. Evie says

    Not to gush LOL but I just noticed your cat door into what I think is the pantry! Brilliant! You’ve just inspired me.

    • says

      Oh Evie how I wish we had a pantry… lol
      Sadly, that is our unfortunately placed basement door.
      But I’m happy to have inspired you nonetheless! LOL

      • Evie says

        Hmmmmm. My parents built “descending” shelves into the area over the basement steps in the house I grew up in, so the basement door was also the pantry door!!! There were also shallow shelves around the side walls of the steps, and the mop hung in there, too. It was a very neat double use of space!! Just a thought–might work for you!


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