You know how the wrong shade of lipstick can ruin your whole look? It's the same thing with paint! Luckily changing the look of a space is almost as easy as changing your lip color! A new shade can enliven your space and I can't wait to show you how we freshened up our kitchen!
I love sharing budget-friendly tips with you because saving money is one of my favorite things!
Let's be real though...if you asked me whether I'd rather paint a room or go shopping...shopping would win hands down!
However, a fresh coat of paint is by far my favorite way to save money while getting a whole new look!
A fresh coat of light gray makes it feel like a whole new house!
Before I get too deep into this post, you're going to realize something if you haven't already...the ceiling is the same color as the walls were before we painted. We didn't touch the ceiling because I have neck issues, but it will be getting painted too so I need you to visualize it white.
We're in the process of lightening and brightening our new home. It's got great curb appeal, and the interior is mostly updated.
The paint used throughout the home is fairly new, but the sandy, taupe color did absolutely nothing for our furnishings!
And because buying all new furnishings and decor was not about to happen, new wall color was a must! And a much more affordable option!
The new paint color does a better job of matching the back splash, and goes nicely with the black marble counters. The floor tiles contain some gray, hard to see in these pictures, but it does match.
Going lighter really opened up the room.
My kitchen is painted with Sherwin-Williams Emerald paint. The Emerald line is a paint and primer in one and has exceptional one-coat coverage, which is very important when you've got shopping to do! I used the Satin finish which keeps it washable, but not shiny.
I used a light gray color called Repose Gray. It's a shade lighter than the color I used in my TN house, but is from the same paint swatch.
Did you know gray is a neutral? It can be either warm or cool...but if you're not careful, it can look a little bit blue, green, even purple! Look for grays known as greige; they can look either beige or gray, depending on the light and time of day.
I've had great success with the colors on this swatch and plan to use them throughout our home.
Painting my kitchen actually saved me from taking on another project! This large oak wall cabinet is being used as a coffee bar. I really disliked how the wood tone looked with the sandy walls and was planning to paint this cabinet white. However, with the gray walls, I'm kinda liking the contrast and wood tones.
What do you think? Paint it white or keep it as is?
We'll be making more small changes in the kitchen once the holidays are behind us. I'll be making a skirt for the coffee bar to hide the storage. We need to create a small breakfast area in the nook by the windows, and I'm hoping I can convince Mr DIY to shiplap the island!
Stayed tuned for more updates and decor...you know, the fun stuff!
bringing beauty to the ordinary,
Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation was provided.
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