Tuesday, June 28, 2011

uh-oh......

it all started out so innocently....

i wanted to lighten things up in my kitchen.  
it's a little dark even though we get a nice southern light in this space all year long.  
lots and lots of natural light made us not afraid to paint our kitchen cupboards black about 5 years ago. 
it kinda scared my dad though, because when he first saw them he asked me if we were 
"going goth"..... 
the cupboards started out your typical builders grade oak....
boring.....
so during my pottery barn phase of house decor, we painted them black.  we also painted our kitchen table and chairs. they used to be a dark oak which wasn't bad, but i thought they looked much better in black.  which they did...except that dust shows up on every black surface 3.7 seconds after you dust them....so i used tablecloths a lot.

but now i am in my light and bright phase of decorating and i wanted to change things up a bit.  
so i painted that table and chair set....
it's not finished yet because i haven't sanded or waxed them yet but i am 
already loving how they lighten the space up.  
and we were both amazed at how the detail in the chair backs showed up with the new lighter paint.
here is a chair in paint progress....note the cool dragon thingys in the corners of the chair backs....
even thought i have had this table and chair set for almost 30 years
(10yrs really, cuz i'm not that old)
i never noticed the detail in the backs of the chairs.  when i bought the set, i bought one of each of the styles of chairs that they had so each has a different design.
 because i'm weird like that....
i will be distressing the table and chairs lightly.  and yes that is paint on the floor under the table leg but we already have this
 new flooring for our kitchen waiting to be installed.
so we also decided that we are going to lighten up the cupboards too.  my plan was to paint the upper cabinets white (or off white) and the bottom cupboards a medium gray.  
i think that if i paint both the uppers and the lowers white, the countertop will make it look 
like just too much white. and i am sure that we don't have plans to change the countertops out
in the very near future.  not that i don't want new ones because i do and i have even 
plotted setting a hot pan on them and burning them to get new ones...
but i am don is much more practical than that.....
so......
since we decided to paint the top cabinets white, don decided to get started on them....
while i wasn't home to supervise....
and i came home to this...
painted with this.....
(insert long, loud scream here)
i had been extolling the benefits of this paint (which i used on the table and chairs) to don 
and excitedly told him how you can paint over any type of finish
without having to prime, sand or prep your surface first.  
in his mr. oblivious  mind, 
this was the perfect medium for the cupboards....
i had to do a lot of double talking to get him to understand that this was not the best medium to use unless he wanted to pay way more coughcoughthirtyfivedollarsaquartcoughcough than he intended to for this little project without actually telling him how much more!!!
so, it's back to regular paint and primer for this job....
phew!!! that was close.

11 comments:

JennO said...

I must say that I read your blog in my feed...so I have never really commented, but today...reading about his great intentions and the chalk paint and keeping things on the down low...Oh my. Let's just say that you gave me a good giggle. :) Here's to happy white cabinets with regular old paint.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Well the kitchen will look great in the lighter colors. I love your backsplash. It will be so much prettier with the lighter cabinets. As for you husband painting the cabinets with chalk paint. I can't believe he started painting to begin with. I thought that was shocking but then of course he used the wrong kind of paint. Ugh....just more work for you. Now you'll have to remove all that paint and start over. Can't wait to see the finished kitchen. It will be beautiful.

Musings Of A Gem said...

Ohh I love the details on those chairs! The new colour really brings out the detail.

Laughed out loud about Don and the chalk paint! Heehee!

Gemma x

Galexi Cupcakes said...

I know that the Annie paint is expensive but you have to admit, gotta love a man that takes the initiative!! Go DON!
Jackie

Privet and Holly said...

It looks so,
so good.....
You do such
great work,
Cindy! I also
loved your post
about the garage
sale. How precious
are the kids manning
the goodies table?!
xx Suzanne

Rene' said...

Oh wow.... that was a close one. Thank goodness he didn't paint any more.

Those are going to look so good painted white... I've been thinking about adding some gray to ours too...

Meg from Megs A Mommy! said...

OMG did you cry? I would have cried. Haha. Its going to look so pretty when you are done though!!

Georgianna said...

LOVE the chairs!!!! I know what you mean about the black. I bought some key black pieces about five years ago and now wonder what to do with them. Hmm. Chalk paint? :)

xo – g

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Your laundry room I found at House Of Turquoise guest post at diy and I was wondering if I could use it for inspiration for my laundry room and then show it when I am finished as my example of inspiration. This is a long time away but I thought I'd ask now before I got started.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Love your blog and am your newest follower! :)

Lisa said...

You should leave one of the black and one of white. It looks cool.

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