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Painting the Kitchen

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Sometimes real life gets in the way and that’s exactly what’s been happening here.

Painting a small kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl on the walls and BM Wrought Iron on the door. | www.chatfieldcourt.com

I was really, really hoping that this post would be a kitchen reveal but no such luck. December and January turned out to be a bust, as far as the kitchen renovation goes. Right after the New Year the hubs’ truck broke down and the week after that mine went, which meant he spent 3 weekends in a row in the cold garage fixing our cars instead of working in the kitchen. The weekend after both cars were fixed, our youngest daughter was in a horrible car accident. All is well now but that terrible weekend was spent on the phone, the kitchen far from our minds. With all of that going on, plus the holidays, we were never able to get to the bigger projects that are left on the list.

Before we painted our kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Even though we had no time on the weekends to work on the big stuff, I was able to finish up a few painting projects on my own. We have two walls in our small space and I finally finished painting them. It wasn’t like it took me long to paint but it did take forever for me to decide on a color. In the end I went with BM Gray Owl, at 50%, the same color that’s in the living room and back hallway.

Painting a small kitchen with Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron and Gray Owl. | www.chatfieldcourt.com

I also gave the back door a fresh coat of paint, BM Wrought Iron. It’s not black but a pretty dark gray and I love it. You can clearly see that the lighter gray of the door did not go with the Gray Owl on the walls and I couldn’t paint over it fast enough.

Painting a kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl on the walls. | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Finn was warming himself in the sun and would not budge. He must have been cold because he usually turns away from me as soon as I pick up my camera.

I’ve painted this door 3 times and this one will be my last. I found a beautiful wooden door at ReStore for $8 and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get the mister to hang it for me in the spring. It will take some convincing but I’m up for the challenge.

Painting a small kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl on the walls. | www.chatfieldcourt.com

My magnolia wreath is still hanging from Christmas and, even though the leaves have dried, it still looks beautiful.

Kitchen back door painted with Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron. | www.chatfieldcourt.com

I’m trying to share pictures of the painted walls without giving you a complete reveal but it’s not an easy task when your kitchen is as small as mine.

A small galley kitchen painted with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Just a few more projects and I’ll be able to show you every inch. On the list is the installation of the recessed lights, painting the ceiling, painting the cabinet kicks and adding 3 cabinet doors (that are on order). Hopefully February will be a more productive month.

Have you been able to finish any projects since the holidays?

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  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Love the wall color. Everything is looking so bright and fresh. Great job.

    1. Thanks so much Marty, I appreciate your visit. πŸ™‚

  2. I really like the shape of the mirror that became a chalkboard – it’s really one of a kind! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Janet

  3. The door looks great, Kristi. I love the look. My first thought when I read that you intend to replace it with a wood door was “why, when this looks so fabulous?” But then I remembered your design sense and taste and I’m sure it must be an amazing door or you wouldn’t make the change. Hugs, Nancy

    1. Thanks Nancy, you are always so sweet to me.:) I’m not a huge fan of the grid (?) on the window and the bottom is all rusting out but I’m excited to get the “new” wooden door up.

  4. The color is great, Kristi! I can’t wait for the final reveal, but I know you can’t wait even more πŸ˜‰


    1. I’m tellin’ ya Rue, I’ll be one happy camper when I can share the reveal and move on. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting.

  5. Still tweaking the wall color? Sounds like you are not 100% happy with it. I think that is what makes choosing wall color so hard. I always looks different when you get it up. Great idea for the door color and the magnolia wreth is still pretty. Happy your daughter wasn’t hurt. Debbie

    1. I love the color Debbie, I was just hoping to do something a little different. I can always change it if I want to though, it’s only 2 small walls. I do love the door color…finally. It only took me two tries but it’s all good, until I get to paint the new door we got at ReStore. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great week.

  6. You’re getting there! I’ve had a slow time of it also. Not because of unfortunate things happening, but just because we’ve been entertaining our grandkids. We’ve been doing a lot of babysitting lately, but who wouldn’t put off projects when you get to spend time with the grandkids!
    BTW, I love the color of the door!

    1. We’ll get there sooner or later. You’re right though…nothing beats time with the grands and family. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping in today!

  7. Wall and door look great. I love that calendar–is that a chalk board?. It really makes that wall shine.

  8. The door and wreath look lovely and so glad that your daughter is alright now but that must have been a very worrisome bad time for you all!

    1. Thanks Deb. It was a really tough weekend but we’re so thankful that they were all ok.

  9. Worth the delay Kristi, love the colors you chose too!

    1. Thanks Vel! I’m happy with the way it turned out. Still tweaking the wall decor. πŸ™‚

  10. It all looks lovely, Kristi. The door color is fabulous. What a pop!

    1. Thanks Kim. I wanted to use a different color but I’ve learned that continuity is best, in this house anyway.

  11. Goodness! Glad your girl is OK. Projects can wait. I do like the paint colour though. At 50% it is just warm enough πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Dharma! I used full strength Gray Owl in our bathroom and I love the 50% formula so much better. πŸ™‚

      1. Do you think Gray Owl at full strength does not look as good with White Dove as the 50 Percent strength? thank you

        1. I think that White Dove looks great with Gray Owl whether it’s 100% or 50%. The reason why I used it at 50% is because it’s lighter than 100%. I love the color but I wanted it to be lighter. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  12. Gosh, when it rains it pours. Glad to hear your daughter is okay!!

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