{Kitchen Update} Clean Up at the Cash Register

Thanks for all your feedback on our kitchen update plans! We made some good progress over the holidays, but stalled out when we went back to work…and the house wasn’t warm enough to paint. Good news is that the oil man arrived yesterday morning, so we’re warm! And, there will be lots more painting this weekend.

On Monday, I mentioned that we decided to go with dark grey cabinets, primarily to avoid all the fingerprint smudges that come from living with boys. To answer the question that I know is going through your head: yes, I am perfect and would never contribute to our dirty cabinets.

Since we put the offer in on the house, I’ve been trying to sort of what shade of grey we should go with. Should it be medium grey (shark grey, I call it) or more of blue-grey or a medium-dark-grey or a dark-dark grey. Ugh. So many options. I found myself looking for inspiration on my fall travels … from taxi cabs in Philly or Chicago, to a bathroom in Decatur, to the streets of DC, to Lowes.

GreyCollageThrifty Decor Chick and I totally speak the same language when it comes to paint colors and I love the greys she used on both her fireplace and kitchen island. She *even* replied to me on Instagram to tell me the color she used on fireplace! 



Ultimately, my biggest concern was making our kitchen too dark by combining dark cabinets with a black countertop. But, like I said, finger smudges. So, I figured we’d make up for it with good lighting and bright, crisp walls and trim. Our countertop also has some greens and blues and browns in it which I thought could be fun to play off of. I finally bit the bullet and went and picked up a few paint samples.


Once I got to Home Depot (because we had gift cards), I was intrigued by Behr’s Marquee collection which guaranteed one-coat coverage, and had some cool dark grey colors. The sales rep and the Behr rep who happened to be there, both reassured me that if I used the proper spread rate and surface prep, I’d get my money back if it didn’t do the job in one coat. I HATE two coats of paint … once one’s up, my impatient self wants to be done, so I gave it a go. I picked up samples of Behr Cordite and Antique Tin.

Paint Sample

I also picked up a bright kelly green sample to try on the island. Because I am all eco-friendly like that, I didn’t take a plastic bag and attempted to balance all the paint samples and roller refills and (not eco-friendly) TCP powder and promptly dropped the green paint sample, which shattered and sprayed bright green paint ALL over the exit area, and my new Chucks, and a little on my jeans. Jeez! So embarrassing. They were very nice and made me another sample, and as I was leaving twenty minutes later, they were still cleaning up a huge paint spill. I couldn’t believe a little sample can of paint could make such a mess. #onecoatcoverage If you’re in the Kingston Home Depot and you see a green paint stain when you’re leaving…that was me.


I got home, washed the beadboard and cabinets down with the TCP, and immediately got my two samples on three places in my kitchen. I also painted the walls near the samples the new grey wall color. I wanted to see how the colors would look on the beadboard against the wall, on the lower cabinets against the countertops, and on the upper cabinets. TimTheFarmer and I both guessed we’d choose the Antique Tin (on the right in the first pic, top in second pic, left in third pic) before I started painting. Here’s how it looked, sort of … the camera doesn’t quite capture how it looks in real life.

Paint Sample2Paint Sample1Paint Sample3

So, which one would you choose?? Stay tuned to see what direction we went!

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