pretty grey walls on a sunny day

Stayed away from the laptop for a few days because typing hasn’t been helping the healing process. I am out of the slings for the most part, unless it’s the end of the day and I am out and about and need the extra support. At this point in the healing process, it feels like I have built-in weights on both my elbows, making them feel heavy and stiff. But I’m mobile and healthy and that’s what matters!

I wanted to finally post about our “new” kitchen. Like I said last week, my dear friend Whit painted it for us the week after my accident. Given that Whit has chronic back issues, this was the most generous gift she could give someone like me because it definitely wasn’t without back pain that she painted the entire thing! The background story on the renovation is this: We have decided to put radiant heat into the house and since there’s no heat upstairs (everything got torn out when we gutted), we have to install heat this fall so we don’t freeze this winter. This requires taking all of the ceilings down in the downstairs, installing the heat system, and then dry walling new ceilings. C and I have come to a compromise: we are going to gut all of the downstairs except our kitchen (the kitchen ceiling will get gutted so we can have heat in the bedroom, but will remain useable) so that we can have a working kitchen while we renovate the downstairs. Once a few things are installed in the new kitchen so it’s semi-workable, we’ll gut the old one.

I decided in June that I would paint the kitchen this summer so we can at last enjoy it and not hate it for the next 10 months or so. After my accident, Whit decided to do it herself so it would still get done. Now, some people walk into our kitchen and say they love it. I think it looks like someone threw up a bad combination of fall/halloween colors. Here’s how it has looked since we moved in two and a half years ago:

I have no idea why the former owner decided that a combination of orange, bright yellow, purple, and brown paint go so well with orange and grey tile. O wait, here’s why:

I’m convinced this stained glass window was the color palette inspiration. I mean, who wouldn’t take all of these colors from an old stained glass window and decide to paint their entire kitchen a disgusting blend of all of them? Yikes.

Since we’re gutting the kitchen anyway, we weren’t about to change all the tile, so Whit thought if we went with some blueish greys, the tile wouldn’t appear so…horrid.

Here’s the kitchen completely repainted:

Magnetic chalk-board wall:

Whit and I found this little storage unit at the VOA for our cloth shopping bags and umbrellas. We might paint it black:

My little display of plants looks better against grey. I’m choosing to ignore the multi-shade of salmon pink in the next room because soon it will no longer exist:

Whit thought we should use up some of the wall space above the cupboards, so we scooped up some vases and this sweet lawn owl and Whit spray painted everything white. Oliver (we named the owl) lost his eye already and is need of a glue-gun fix:

I’m happy that I will no longer be cringing for the rest of 2011 every time I walk into the kitchen. As long as I don’t look at the tiled floors.

Whit, you are one fabulous friend. XO!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted June 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    aww, that’s a very sweet post girl! don’t tell C, but i told oliver to watch over the kitchen AND him to make sure nothing crazy goes on in there for at least a few months ;)

  2. Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    looks awesome rach! what a great gift!

  3. sarah rosney
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    You have good friends! ;)

  4. Gretchen
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I love it! Whit did a great job – when is she available to do my kitchen? :)

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