Saturday, February 12, 2011

Just another Friday night...

My sweet husband ended up being gone for the night, so what's a girl to do when she's home alone with 4 kids on a Friday night?  Why paint her kitchen, of course!

My kitchen hasn't been featured on here yet...I've done quite a bit of work in there, but nothing to write home about, but I'm so excited about the mini-transformation I did tonight.  Originally, it  had some precious country blue wallpaper & wainscoting to match the cabinets.  All signs of the 80's have been stripped away, but it has been pretty basic tan (one of 3 tans from the same family I've used all over the house.)


Since, for right now, I'm keeping the cabinets as is, I need to keep the paint on the lighter side to not make the room feel like it's caving in on me while I'm cooking.  I decided to step it up a notch, by adding some stripes using that same family of colors (lucky for me, I have extra of all those colors on hand, so this was an almost free project!)

How to:
  • measured the entire wall and divided by 5...I knew I wanted large stripes which would be 3 of the original wall color and 2 to paint
  • measured out all around the room and marked off with a pencil
  • connected pencil lines with Frog tape
  • checked and reapplied tape in a few areas...overall this method worked really well!
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  • took an almost dry PURDY brush and blotted all the edges with paint and then filled in (you could roll it, but I didn't feel like dirtying another thing to clean : ))
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  • immediately took off tape when finished
  • touched up a couple areas
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Really, this project took me about 3 hours (my kitchen isn't huge) and I even managed to make the kids some cookies mid-painting....ok, and clean up spilled milk. : )  I'm excited about finding some ways to add some color and pizazz to the busiest room in our house!  There will be more to come on this project!

Hope you enjoy!


  1. I love the stripes, Shera! You need to come decorate my house next...that is definitely NOT my gift, LOL.

  2. I'd love to come to your house...I'll work for ginger snaps, OK?

  3. I'll cook for you , too, just tell me what. :)


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