Bye Bye Red Kitchen

When I bought my house I loved that the walls had an actual color on them. Off white or any variation of the light "neutral" makes me anxious. I have no idea why. I wouldn't normally mind a red kitchen if it was bright. This red was dark. It made the kitchen look like a cave. It also had lovely wine bottle print border on the bulk head. Border so stuck on that I had to buy a steamer and steam it off. Don't just take my word for it. Here are some pictures I snapped of the kitchen.
Me and my sister. But behind us you can see the lovely wine bottle border. The valance came with the house too.  I'm a little horrified I am posting a pic of myself without makeup on.  

Now without further delay. The new paint
This is the same wall as above with the baskets. The color is not true in this  picture. It looks a little too gray. The baskets got moved to the closet peeking out on the right.
 This is more true to the color.
Now a funny story. My mom bought me a very large black hutch for Christmas. I envisioned it to be a bright red. I already had red paint that I had bought and then didn't use. So one night I started painting the hutch. It was a nightmare. The paint wouldn't stick to the hutch. It soaked in and looked horrible. So I decided to look around the house and see what I had. Which turned out to be left over chalk board paint. I wasn't happy about going back to black. But, the red wasn't working so I gave it a try. You know what happens when you paint something with chalk board paint? People just can't help but draw on it. 
I still have a long way to go before this room is where I want it to be. you can kinda see I have a oven on the wall. I haven't decided if I like it or if I want a free standing stove/oven combo. I know I want to tile the backs plash. The back of the hutch needs painted. It had really ugly fake birch wall paper. Trust me it was gross. This room has three doors, one to the coat closet one that is the front door and one behind the oven that I keep my trash can in. All of those need to be painted. I'm also thinking about the cabinets. I kinda want them painted but haven't completely made up my mind yet. That little bit of brown you see is where the washer is. Its a little alcove and then the hallway starts. For some reason the hall is painted the same color as the living room. It makes no sense since the hall is off the kitchen. I will need to have more paint mixed to finish that. I don't have a name of the paint because it was color matched to the cow print.

I still have a ton of work to do, but this is where I am at so far. I think it is a massive improvement. It doesn't look like a dungeon anymore.


  1. Looks great! Amazing what new paint can do for a room!

  2. I'm glad you have a new paint color that you like! And chalkboard paint is a really fun idea. I wouldn't mind doing that to a piece of furniture, just so we can play with it.

  3. i like the new colour! and love the chalkboard paint on the hutch, too bad the red didn't stick!

  4. I love it! And I love the cow picture.

  5. I found the cow picture at Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off I had to buy it.

  6. I know I was bummed about the red, I keep thinking it was just bad paint. I have had it for a year and never used it. Maybe I will try it again once everything else is finished.

  7. The girls have loved playing with it.

  8. Don't I know it. It was a depressing color. I like the bright color so much better.


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