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!)
And for the finished product, this is what our kitchen looked like when we bought the house in 2008:
And here is what it looks like now:
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!