Yesterday I finished painting the dining room. And with that, I had planned to say that we’re officially done with painting. But there’s still that tiny little detail about ME NOT LIKING THE COLOR IN MY NEW KITCHEN.
This paint color issue has seriously shaken my confidence. I’m in crisis mode. I went to Hirshfield’s and came home with every “gray-green” color they had.
I’m re-thinking everything.
Maybe it’s not just the wall color. Maybe the problem is the tiles I picked out.
That nice green tile sitting on top of the cabinet door? Not the tiles I bought. That’s a sample of a lighter green ceramic tile. On top of that is a row of paint chips; the one on the right, that barely looks green in this photo–that’s the color I’m leaning towards now. Maybe even with this glass tile from Home Depot:
When we started talking about this renovation, I wanted green glass subway tiles and bright white cabinets, like this:
Somehow I managed to talk myself out of that. Glass tiles are more expensive. And off-white will look more “traditional.”
Wrong. I’ve seen glass subway tiles for only $2 more per square foot than the ceramic ones I ended up buying. Which, by the way, I’ve been unsure of since they arrived on my doorstep and I realized they were “handmade,” not the modern, clean-lined tiles I had pictured in my head. Also, there’s still that little problem of not having enough of those tiles to go around.
And screw “traditional.” All of the trim on the second floor is painted bright white. I installed wainscoting in two bedrooms and painted it with Behr’s “Ultra Pure White.” I love bright white. Every time I’ve made decisions based on making the house look “traditional” I’ve regretted it. Every. Single. Time.
Repeat after me: old houses don’t have to look old. I thought I’d learned that lesson already?
I think part of the color-fail was that I didn’t take into account how all these colors would look when put in a room with A LOT more light than we had before. With two new windows on the west side, plus a new door with a window in it, the kitchen now gets more natural light than any other room in the house. I guess I shouldn’t have picked out colors so early…but then, who know that we would change the floor plan to include more windows and doors?
It was really hard for me to admit that I didn’t like the paint color. But now that I’ve accepted it, here’s what I’m thinking: 8 months ago, I had a kitchen that I didn’t like. If the end product is a kitchen I don’t like, I could’ve saved myself a lot of work (and a lot of money) and kept the one we had. Am I right? If you’re gonna do it, do it right.
Chris says I’m making his cheapskate muscles hurt.
But I think the green tile is holding me back. Because if I don’t like the paint color that’s an extremely close match to the tiles, then I’m probably not going to like the tiles. Right? Right.
So I came up with two new options, and then made myself neurotic trying to decide. Finally, I asked my friend Tivoli to come over and give me some fresh eyes. I showed her a couple of options. One was the super pale green pictured above, with the lighter green tiles. Another option was that same pale green, with marble subway tiles. And a third option was based on this photo:
I thought we could just use the same buttery-yellow color that’s in the dining room and living room, go bright white on the cabinets, and plain white subway tiles for the backsplash.
In the end, I think this is my newest plan:
All paint colors are by Benjamin Moore. On the left is Super White (for the cabinets), in the middle is Gray Lake (for the kitchen), and on the right is Gray Cashmere (for the bathroom). And Tivoli and I both liked the marble tile, which I found at The Tile Shop for $6.99/square foot.
The photos don’t really do it justice. Makes me wish I had a better camera. Or that I hadn’t taken these photos at night.
Of course, the way you see the colors depends on your monitor, but trust me when I say that the current color, Soft Fern, looks way more yellow than I expected it to be. The new choices — as you might guess by their names — are more gray.
Chris is out of town right now, but as soon as he gets home I’m going to get his approval of this new color palette.
Maybe next time, I really will be writing about floors.
Probably not, though.