We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation. And… I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color! Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today. The best part is that we were able to make it over for just a few hundred dollars!
How We Brightened Up Our Eat In Kitchen
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Just for a little perspective, here is our eat in kitchen after we moved in to our farmhouse 5 years ago.
The first thing we did was take down the faux wood ceiling and wood beams. Our kitchen does not have the tallest ceilings in the world so the dark rough beams and wood just darkened everything up.
We were lucky to find drywall under the faux wood panels and decided to patch and paint them white.
Taking down the faux wood beam gave us about 3-4 more inches of ceiling height which our tall friends and family will definitely appreciate:). We covered the doorway header with white trim so keep our kitchen ceiling bright.
With the ceiling and beam gone I was able to move our turn our kitchen table and chairs vertically to the door.
This gives us much more room to move around the table while still keeping 6 chairs around the table.
The beam made this furniture arrangement awkward before since it came down so low over the table.
We also took down a soffit above our basement door. You can still see the original wallpaper under the crown molding. 🙂
I have no idea why the soffit was ever added.
It was completely empty and it hid the beautiful curved wall under our staircase that was there to begin with.
To give this corner even more character, I added a green glass knob to our pantry. I have been saving this door knob for a few years now until we found the perfect spot for it. 🙂 Some times it’s the littlest details that add so much character!
I also repainted our kitchen walls. I chose a beautiful neutral grey color called crushed ice from Sherwin Williams.
The grey matches our new cararra marble countertops, cabinet hardware and stainless steel appliances beautifully.
Jason and I love the color so much we want to repaint all the rooms in our farmhouse now, Ha! I even painted our powder room this color.
I gave our built in bookcases and desk another coat of white paint.
These built ins (DIY here) give us so much storage and functionality. It’s hard to believe it has been just 2 years since we added them.
I added a vintage chalk board next to our DIY cork board to help keep our family organized.
The cork board (DIY here) does an awesome job keeping the kids important papers organized and is a special spot to display their artwork since is where my younger kiddos do their homework.
The chalk board calendar is great for everyone to keep track of their schedules.
I am hoping to add some hooks under the chalk board in the future.
We still need to chalk all of the trim and woodwork we added but for now we are really happy with how it turned out.
Our kitchen is ALMOST done and I can’t wait to share more posts about it with you guys shortly!
For more posts about our Kitchen Renovation check those out below…