When I figured out that I wanted to go bright and bold with our kitchen, I didn’t know exactly what that meant. I grew up in a traditional house, everything was painted white. If it wasn’t, we painted it white. Until my mom found this perfectly blue color, Icing on the Cake, then we started painting our bathrooms blue. Originally, I had thought I wanted something really bold, like one of the colors on the bottom row. Sea Life and Jamaica Bay seemed like great choices.
Then, once I had a bit more time to mull everything over (ok ok, I took 2 weeks to decide!) and have a helpful chat with the paint department at Home Depot (much more helpful than the guys at Benjamin Moore, just FYI), we settled on going lighter. There’s not a ton of natural light in our kitchen, so I didn’t want to accidentally turn it into an underwater cave.
One of the cool things at Home Depot is you can pop your paint samples under this fancy light and select different bulbs for different lighting. This is with a natural light bulb that simulates sunlight. Trying out fluorescent and other lights can help you weed out colors that you otherwise might have picked – only to find out they didn’t work in that lighting.
We settled on Refreshing Pool, a turquoise more on the blue side, and Cool Jazz, one with a bit more green. Ultimately we ended up picking Cool Jazz. It’s a bright Caribbean ocean with a touch of Tiffany’s, and who can say no to that! We had a 10% off coupon at Lowe’s, so we had the color mixed up in Valspar’s kitchen & bath paint in a semi-gloss.
We used the same Kilz Original primer on the walls and ceiling, and Adam stayed up until 2am one night to get as much of the first coat done as possible. We also rocked those awesome painting suits. But as it got hotter, we cared less about wearing them.
First coat complete! We definitely needed two coats of primer, so I pulled on my space suit to give Adam a break.
We definitely learned a few things painting this room.
1. Start and end with the edges.
As we were rolling on the second coat, I rolled and Adam followed immediately with the brush to do the edges. This helped minimize the brush strokes you could see in the paint and created a smoother finish.
2. Tape the ceiling.
I had read online (I know, silly me!) that it was easier to keep a clean edge without taping. WRONG. Adam and I are not painters. We don’t have super dexterity or really nimble hands. We needed to tape. Bonus point: keep your painters tape in a plastic baggy to keep dust from sticking to the edges. This makes it easier to do a poor job, as the tape won’t stick properly.
3. Take care of your paint rollers and brushes.
We had multiple times where we couldn’t continue because our rollers were still drying, and continued to have this problem as we worked on the cabinets. We ended up storing them in plastic bags overnight so we could get the job done faster the next day.
Voila! Our finished kitchen! Isn’t it lovely? Look at that white ceiling!
While taking photos of the kitchen post-painting, I realized just how bad the lighting is. You really feel like you’re in a fishbowl. That’s getting better as we’re painting the cabinets, but maybe our overhead fan needs a brighter bulb. Once everything is said and done, then I can look into how to fix that and make our kitchen look as bright as it should.
What do you think of our new kitchen color?