Paint a Kitchen Wall for Free. (Aka: Stall Tactics)Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Yes, I'm stalling on the first floor bathroom. Yes. Yes I know.
When I'm feeling stuck or unsure or, well, when the path is not clearly envisioned, I tend to procrastinate, shift gears, divert my attention to something else while I wait for the big "AH HA!" moment to arrive.
Such as to something that has been mildly bothersome for some time but not so much so as to do anything about it. Until, heh, it's time to uh redirect from a project!
What I'm reading (finally) is that it's no use in salvaging the drywall, it shouldn't be drywall anyway (a mere half inch thick too, jeez louise, why bother!!), it should be cement board and special screws and mesh tape and and and (which yeah I knew but my bank account is mad at me), rip out old, replace, then re-tile.
This will not be a speedy nor small project.
But maybe my idea is actually more cost-friendly than I thought by exposing the brick. Plus I'll be busy. Mmmm hmm.
La la la la la la, oh look shiny!
As part of the first round of Mass Paint Color Eradication in the house, I had painted the kitchen in a color called Gravel. It was a veeeerrryy light tannish creamy color tinged with yellow. Boring. I always knew it was temporary. Because again, painting walls to me is like changing clothes -- do it often.
|I know, we've seen this bleak photo a million times. 1,000,001.|
So I did: I mixed my own custom color for the kitchen thereby spending no new money to repaint therefore I painted for free.
|Hey hey, mix-your-own day!|
|Fascinating imagery of paint buckets in the wild.|
|"Oh dear me Mommy, what the hell are you up to now?! Can't you just sit still for once?"|
Typically, colors mixed with white will dry darker; colors mixed with black tend to dry lighter. Seems anti-logical but shrug it's true.
Right, darkish taupe-y. Not something I might ordinarily pick but oddly a version of this has been insistently stuck in my very weird brain ever since I a.) finished painting the cabinets, b.) coated the walls in paper, c.) installed the backsplash and d.) started drawing up ideas for this area.
Now, how could I land on such a non-color-y atypical (for us) color based on everything else that I've done in the room and nearby? Black, black and white, white with blue, nickel, blue (holy crap, ack staging photo hahaha omg, terrifying!) living room, gray dining, navy office, bathroom TBA (squirm in my chair).
Huh, right, that may seem odd.
Here we go:
1.) Not that the black cabinets nor the black and white wallpaper read as cold, they don't but the kitchen did need a warmer color to string everything together. In interior design, as in life, opposites attract and create cohesion.
2.) Stuck in my craw in the back of my mind is the nugget that we may not ever get to change the floor tile and/or countertop. Despite all the grout flying out of the floor. Eye roll. While those are both goals, definite we'd-love-to's, it is a possibility that they may not happen. As such, this warm taupe-y color pulls tones from the floor and the countertop, ties each other aesthetically and dovetails the room into accord. I hardly notice the counter anymore. (Whew)
3.) The Gravel color was much too light. It was in evil cahoots, it intensified the floors and counters as sore thumbs when I want the focus on the black cabinets, the wallpaper. The too-light color also provided no anchor -- the wall was pulling focus off into free-floating formless ether. The darker color anchors, defines the wall and the narrow room, cozi-fies (cozifies™, heh) the space.
4.) Based on where my ideas are roaming, taupe-y will accentuate the butcher block counter-to-be along with the other elements um, uh, yet to be determined but that are swimming in my head. Keep calm, trust the designer.
5.) Darker is better. Ok....it's a dark room and why fight it.
6.) Tones and values. Similar tones and values of colors typically always blend well together plus keeping a narrow value scale creates harmony. Ahhhh.
|Hey! Different color!|
|Goes quite well with the two shades of blue, if I do say so myself.|
|Looks good at night, especially with a large lounging lapdog.|
Kitchen's gettin' there!
|"I look soooo handsome next to this paint color Mommy, thank you."|
And right, I know too, how one measly ninety two square foot expanse of wall can turn into a colossal rambling blog post and design lesson.... Ha!
Oh, Mike's response? He came home, dropped his stuff on the rolling cart grrrrrrr, looked up and said, "did you....did you paint that wall or something?"
"That's it? No response?"
"You've got me numb to changes, it doesn't even faze me anymore." ...."It's ok, the color's fine. Sure."
It wasn't as harsh as it reads. Likely he doesn't like it. I guess I have to work harder to knock the guy's socks off!
Ok. Back at the bathroom? I have to at least get the rest of the tile off the walls.
Oy, I shoulda done the master bath pocket door instead....sigh....
On a side note, my college pal Marcy sadly broke her ankle on Monday. Ouch, and I wish her a speedy recovery. She started a blog to complain about it which I suspect will be awesome and I'm looking forward to following along; I linked to it on the sidebar there so check it out.