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A Lot of Wine Went Into This Kitchen

Originally posted on 4/17/08

This is how our kitchen looked when we first moved in:

I have to admit–the kitchen is what sold me on this house. I loved the stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets, and my all time favorite–the pull-out garbage & recycling bins.

Thankfully the kitchen needed very little work. Some paint and accessories and that’s it!

I love painting. I really do. Little makes me happier than a freshly painted room. I don’t know if it’s the transformation a can of Behr and a little sweat equity can bring? Or possibly the joy of a job well done & bonus arm work-out? Or maybe it’s my unfaltering commitment to uncorking a bottle of wine each time I pop the top on a can of paint? Hard to say exactly what drives my love of painting…but I give the edge to the alcohol. There’s just nothing like taking a room from cool to warm with a roller in one hand and a glass of pinot noir in the other. Hate painting? Get yourself a bottle of Riesling and go to town. Trust me on this. In no time you’ll be itching to paint the neighbor’s house too.

So I mentioned in a previous post that I’m currently averaging 2 paint jobs per room with this house. Well wouldn’t you know it, the kitchen–arguably the most difficult room to paint–is what really brought that average up. It is with a hanging head and utter disbelief that I admit I painted the kitchen 4 times. The hanging head stems from the embarrassment of admitting this. The utter disbelief is that I managed to hold down a job in the midst of all that wine drinking.

The kitchen started out with stark white walls. G loves white walls and wishes every wall in our house remained white–but not this girl. So first I painted the kitchen a light lime green color (I was on a serious green kick when we first moved in). It was a disaster. We both hated it and suddenly those stark white walls were looking pretty good to me. So then I chose a light ivory color. Much better, but I was hoping for more of a change from what the kitchen originally looked like. So I decided to go about 2 shades darker and the third color on the walls became a warmer cream color. Bad idea. The yellow in the cream color looked terrible with our countertops (which have a little bit of grey in them). So for the fourth and final painting I went back to the ivory I’d chosen for paint color #2. And now I was happy.

This is a good time to note that G is color blind. This served me well when he came home as I was painting the kitchen for the fourth time, going from the cream color back to the ivory.

G (in complete shock): Are you painting the kitchen AGAIN??
D (trying to look innocent, while half in the bag): Um…no…just giving it a second coat.
G: It looks lighter to me!
D: Baby–you know you’re color blind.

So 4 gallons of paint, 2 rolls of tape, and let’s say 6 bottles of wine later (give or take, right?) our kitchen walls look pretty much the same as when we moved in. Thank goodness I get a discount at our local winery.

Our kitchen now:

Related Posts:
Finishing Up The Kitchen
Organized Kitchen Pantry
Anatomy of Our Dining Room

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  1. That is hilarious! Do you have pics of each color? I did almost the same thing in our old master bedroom. 3 colors in three years… but unfortunately for me, my husband isn’t color blind so I have never heard the end of it since I made him help.

  2. Beautiful kitchen…I don’t think mine would ever look so sparkling perfect…. Between the dogs digging for cheerios and Lindsey looking for snacks ..// finding snacks// having snacks and leaving them for me to clean up. Someday…. My kitchen will be clean and I will probably wish it was messy again. Great Job. Have a wonderful weekend. Jaime

  3. Funny! I am bad about doing the same thing in our house. My sister is always asking why am I painting again. What can I say, I change my mind? My husband knows better and has just stopped asking. I pretty much do all of it anyway. I don’t ask him to help. Oh and he’s color blind too!

  4. I love your kitchen. I designed my old one like yours. But my husband decided to sell the house couple month after redoing my kitchen :-((
    I am living with a ugly color oak kitchen. I have decided to sand the cabinets and put new stain. Kitchen floor is carbonized bamboo which I love it, because I chose it. Do you have any Idea what color stain would work? Counter top is beige but it does not have to stay. Please email me at, if you are willing to share your ideas with me.

  5. I can’t believe you painted it four times. Amazing! But it truly looks great!!!! :)

  6. I have noticed whenever I “branch out” and paint a room an actual color and not “greige” or ivory… I usually change my mind about it. I don’t know what it is, but I have MAJOR commitment issues with bright colored walls.

  7. Thanks everyone!

    @Jenny–unfortunately I don’t have pics of the kitchen in each color. I wish I had taken a picture of the lime green. At the time I was so horrified I just wanted it to be GONE as soon as possible. In hindsight, I kick myself for not snapping a picture!

    @Sarah Danielle–I’ve found I’m typically the same way, but I’ve had more luck with branching out to color over the past couple of years. Who knows, maybe someday you will too! In the meantime–greige is gorgeous. You just can’t go wrong with it. And yes–I’m a total enabler. ;)


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