Choosing a Paint Color: Kitchen Refresh

I love the color red and have had a red kitchen for over 10 years.  Recently, I began to feel like it was a cave.  Ugh.  Not a good feeling.  We have large windows in the back of our home where our kitchen is located, but we do not get a lot of natural light through them.  We also have black floors which I love, but coupled with the red just made it way too dark.  I have been admiring and pinning new paint colors and kitchen ideas for a while now.  I finally took the plunge and hired out to have our kitchen painted.  I was really worried that the red would be a bear to paint over especially since I decided to go directly opposite to a light creamy white.  

Turns out with the proper paint, even red can be removed!  It was so hard picking a paint color!  You just don't want to get it wrong.  Our space is unique in that there is one big wall that is 2 stories, so it's not easily painted over without hiring the right people with scaffolding etc.

I checked out several popular cream and white paint colors before deciding.

Some of my favorites were White Down, and French Canvas by Benjamin Moore.

Paint- Dover White Paint- French Canvas

Dover White by Sherwin Williams

Paint- Dover White

Glass of Milk by Martha Stewart

Paint- Glass of Milk

and finally

Linen White by Behr

Behr Linen White

The winner for me was Linen White by Behr.  I thought it had a good mix of khaki and yellow.  It actually looks quite light on the walls, even lighter than the paint chip.  I love it.  My painter used a primer with the paint color mixed in and then followed with one solid coat and touch ups.  Totally covered the red.  NO problem at all.  The paint he used was Valspar. He prefers that brand and had it mixed to my Behr color I chose.

BEFORE

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DURING

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AFTERIMG_0276 IMG_0279 IMG_0280IMG_0352

Wow, what a difference paint makes!  I love the new light and fresh feeling the light paint gives the whole space.  I will show you some other ways I freshened up the kitchen this month, so stay tuned.  Now to think about those cabinets. Huh?

To life feeling like home!

XO,

Amy

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