Monday, January 10, 2011

The Kitchen Gets Some Love

The kitchen became my pet project after the holidays.  Cracked plastered, bubbling paint, and wallpaper residue all had to be removed and repaired and cleaned before I could even prime the walls.  But once I did, wow, it looked so much less like a crack den just covering up all that nonsense with the crisp white paint.  But you KNOW I couldn't leave it white.  What better place to put my favorite color than the kitchen?

That's right, that's a chartreuse kitchen you're looking at!

Ok, technically it's Behr Ultra Plus Premium (low VOC) in Lemongrass, but I know you are all horrified no matter the name.  But I promise after all the white base cabinets and appliances and upper shelves are in and I hang some Audubon prints (pages from last year's calendar!) the room will be awesome.

All the painted trim in the house will be Ace Cabinet Coat in Palace Gown, a warm white.  It's the most indestructible trim paint out there.  I've had my Behr ceiling paint tinted to match for the kitchen and bedrooms.  The living room, dining room, and sun porch ceilings are a light blue/green - Behr paint color matched to Yolo Colorhouse Air.05.  (I would have loved to use Yolo's paint, but there's no retailer in my area, and the shipping costs of online stores were cost prohibitive).

Where is the rest of the kitchen you ask? Why, it's right here.  
What, you don't keep your dishwasher in your dining room?

Window Trim in the kitchen
I would have *loved* to slap a new coat of paint on the trim, but the 80 years of people preceding me doing just that finally won.  After removing multiple sets of curtain rod hardware, the surface was so beat up it all had to go.  I broke out the heat gun I got as a housewarming gift (Thanks Bri!) and got to work.  I used the lower temperature setting in a vain attempt to produce fewer fumes.  Alas, during the coldest weather we've had in YEARS, I've been working with at least one window open so as to not pass out.  It's grueling ugly work and makes me now look at all my other 20 windows (on this floor) with terror.  I've averaging 6 hours a window. Eeek!  But it had to be done, and the windows will look so nice when they're all restored.  Right now I'm focusing on the trim and not the windows themselves, except for the casements, because I can remove those without taking down any trim, because really, it can wait until it's nice out.

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