The first thing we wanted to do was paint. It was just one of those things we felt would make our house feel like ours and not some stranger's. We started on the kitchen and living room and got them knocked out before we moved in. It's so much easier to not have to work around furniture or move it all around the house. At least I'm assuming it is. This being our first house I've never done it any other way so I guess when we finally get around to painting the bedrooms I'll know for sure how much easier it was. *grimace*
Up first: The Kitchen
We liked the idea of using grey on the walls. It's not too crazy but definitely not just white either. For the kitchen we chose a darker grey from Behr (work related discount FTW).
|Yes, that's the paint can on our stove. Don't judge us, it had newspaper under it!|
We pulled the stove and the refrigerator out to paint behind them and I was surprised to see they had painted behind them with the tan color too. I don't know why but I assumed it would be one of those crappy jobs where they only bothered to paint things you would actually see. Regardless, despite the size of this room it took forever. With the cabinets, doors, windows, washer/dryer hook-up, and chair molding it felt like it was 80% cutting in. Eventually we got it done though and we were both really happy with the way it turned out. Starting out we didn't realize just how much the darker paint color would effect the color of the cabinets, but we were both pleasantly surprised and actually like them better now.
|Pardon the blinding ceiling fixture. I haven't quite figured out this picture takin' thing.|
The other side of the kitchen still looks pretty bare. We don't have a washer and dryer yet (which I'm sure will take up plenty of room) and we haven't gotten any chairs for our table, so the kitchen is still very much a work in progress.
|In case you noticed, no the quarter round is not attached. We pulled it up to paint it and haven't nailed it back in yet.|
Up Next: The Living Room
We went with a lighter grey for the living room. We wanted something that went with the kitchen tonally, but still had some contrast.
Why yes, it is very dark. Let's see if we can't lighten it up a little.
|There may have been some painting and moving overlap|
In the picture above we hadn't painted the hallway yet. Since this was taken we've painted it the same light grey.
This is a pretty early moved in picture. There was still cleaning going on, cable management to be performed, and those kids chairs were there because I foolishly believed that I could undertake a furniture refinishing project in the midst of painting, changing locks, trying to get a grip on the yard, and a host of other things. Silly homeowner, free time is for kids.
More of our progress will be forthcoming. Such as the bathroom paintjob! *squee* In the meantime, let us know what you think. Or we can take bets on what color the bathroom ended up.