Monday, June 13, 2016

stenciled kitchen

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently took the plunge and changed the dark grey walls on the first floor of my house to a gorgeous creamy white.  Then I followed up by painting the window trim black.  So totally pleased with the results, which look fresh and crisp and just right for summer.  As a reminder, here's the state of the living room currently:

 Couldn't be happier with the transformation.  

But there was an issue.  My entire main floor is one big open space, which means there aren't any natural borders that delineate the living, dining, and kitchen areas from each other.  Not a great picture here, but you can see, looking from the living area, how all three spaces are integrated:

So I felt like I always had to commit to a color for all three areas when I changed the paint color, since I don't really like accent walls.  While I loved the white in the living and dining "rooms," it looked really *blah* in the kitchen.  Case in point:

These are messy because I took them mid-stenciling project, but you get the idea.  The white was doing nothing for all that wood, and just looked washed out and lifeless.  

Ideally, I would have done a fresh white tile on the backsplash, but as is usually the case with these posts of mine, I didn't have the $$$ to hire someone to do the job, and don't have enough experience to tackle a tiling job on my own (I'm usually up for a good DIY, but this is one thing that I wasn't really in the mood to try by myself).  So I thought I'd turn to paint again, since I've already used a stencil in an upstairs hallway and also painted thick vertical stripes in my main floor powder room (both of these spaces look a little different now, but the paint still remains!).  

So I looked for a stencil that didn't have a really crisp, defined border - I just wanted to kind of naturally "transition" from the white wall to the stencil.  I ended up landing on the myriad  from Cutting Edge Stencils - they have tons of really awesome patterns and designs:

I liked the messiness of the pattern, and that there really wasn't a clear order or linearity to it.  Perfect for me, who always screws up when it comes to measuring things and never really gets anything perfectly straight.  

OK.  Enough talking.  Here are some shots of how it all turned out!

Yay!  I think the stencil adds just enough variation to the white to give it a little dimension, but it's still subtle and doesn't overpower anything.  I ended up using "chocolate froth" by Behr (one shade lighter than the ever-popular "wheat bread"), and am really pleased with the results!

In the end, I probably spent about $70 for this little makeover - about $40 for the stencil, and then some extra $$ for the paint and foam roller.  And it really makes a huge difference - every time I look over into the kitchen, I feel so happy seeing all those sweet little dots.

Last but not least - and totally unrelated - how gorgeous are these flowers?!  I recently had a dinner party at my house and couldn't resist buying this gorgeous little arrangement at Whole Foods when I was picking up groceries.  I think I'm going to have to plant some coral peonies in my garden next year.  :)

Happy day to you!

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