For the past few years I've wanted to repaint all the yellow walls we've had since we added on our new kitchen in 2004.
Maybe because I've seen so many pretty white kitchens on blogs? Sometimes seeing a different kitchen decor means wanting it, whether or not we need it.
And the bright colors I chose for our rooms in 2004 seemed....out, passe, not in style.
Especially the yellow walls, the bright yellow rain slicker walls I chose for the kitchen areas back in 2004, when this yellow was in House Beautiful.
Honed? Nobody told me about honed.
So there I've been, with yellow walls I wished were white. Lots of yellow walls--kitchen, family room and dining area, pantry area, and in the old kitchen ell, everywhere we had installed the black and white checkerboard floor that I had wanted for decades ever since I saw Dee Hardie's kitchen on the cover of House Beautiful.
And speaking of the black and white checkerboard floors, guess who it was that insisted we use white grout, not black? That would be me. And guess what color white grout turns to with years of use by pets, muddy boots, and sloppy cooks?
Back to the yellow walls being painted white. It just was not going to happen. My men would rather work outside in 100 degree temperature than paint lots of yellow walls white.
So I studied on it for ages, looking through Pinterest for hours....
And I found one magical picture, and no, I'm not going to show it to you because my kitchen would look like Cinderella before the glass slipper next to it.
But it gave me the idea of painting only the lower cabinets of our kitchen, not the walls, not the upper cabinets, surely no more than two days work. My men agreed to that.
Here's the kitchen a year ago with the yellow walls, black granite, and stark white cabinets:
The problem of that, in my eyes, is that the kitchen is open to the family room, and the family room is anything but stark white, as you can see.
So R.H. and two of our sons painted the lower kitchen cabinets, making me one happy lady.
The color I chose was a grayish green, Benjamin Moore Oilcloth.
No, that's not a true picture of it, this is more like it:
Actually, it depends on the light, day, night, sun, cloudy. It changes.
It does make the biggest difference to me, more like the lower cabinets are a piece of furniture, not white kitchen cabinets sitting right beside a colorful family room.
I think my decor philosophy from now on is going to be this, from designer Tom Scheerer: