Sunday, April 5, 2009

Saturday Project

Back when Shane and I were in our 20's, we built a house. Well, really, we had a builder build us a house. But, since we were young and dumb, I mean young and able, we decided to do something called "sweat equity." What this basically meant is we would put our blood, sweat and tears into painting and cleaning our house before it was completed.

10 years ago, I loved the paint we picked. But I've been itching to paint over our pink paint in our kitchen for about a year. Friday I armed myself with a gazillion paint samples, which Saturday I turned into actual paint, and voila! We were suddenly spending the day painting the kitchen.

My kitchen went from this:

(there is a slight amount of paint on the front wall in this picture, but you see what we were starting from. Light, light, light pink, a la the year 1999.

My handsome husband, who spent the day rolling grey paint on my desperately-needing-to-be-painted walls.

The bruise-purple paint I spent all of Saturday applying to the wall over my kitchen table. I had some doubts whether it would ever cover, but it did. And see the ladder? Yeah, I had to scale the ladder so I could climb on top of the plant shelf/closet you can see to the left of the ladder. I was terrified that I would fall through the sheet rock and so I painted in some pretty awkward positions. By the 4th coat (because yes, it took 4 coats to cover!) I was happily sitting indian style up there. And, in case you wondered, I did wear most of the 10 years worth of dust for the rest of the day.
To this:

The finished product. Well, not totally finished, because I still have to edge the ceiling and paint under the cabinets, but you can see how different it looks.

My beautiful purple wall. I can only thank Melanie and Shelly for teaching me about the awesome power of an angle brush for edges! I love how this corner shows where the gray and purple meet. Oh, and I still have to paint the kitchen nook. It will be pink, which eventually we will carry into the living room, when we can forget how big of a pain painting is, I mean.

Anyway. What did you do this weekend that was unexpected?


Apryl said...

Love it. LOVE IT. We may be moving in. That's how much I love it. (You don't mind 4 random strangers showing up, do you?)

Ginger said...

Very, very nice, Becky. I want to paint and it has only been 2.5 years. I loooooove the gray.

Amy Sorensen said...

It turned out gorgeous, Becky! I especially love...well, it all looks great! I'm impressed at your color courage. Kendell HATES our purple kitchen so now I doubt my ability to pick out a good color. You did wonderfully, though. I love it!

Jeff and Kayci Bitton said...

I love the colors you chose! I love doing projects like that!

Jeanette said...

Hmmmm B said you must be "Gettin it on" because your kids were outside playing on a sunday, bet he didn't know you were getting it on with a paintbrush LOL

It looks GREAT! I can't wait to come see it in person!

I didn't do anything un-expected this weekend, worked on two quilt blocks and crochetted 2/3's of a bunny =0P

Anonymous said...

How exciting! New paint is so refreshing. It looks wonderful, but I'm sad that you discovered what a pain painting is because now I won't be able to convince you to do my house next!

Lucy said...

I am so impressed! I love the new colors. It looks great.

I drove through a blizzard this weekend. In April...that was unexpected.

Isabel said...

I LOVE IT. Great job, guys!