A little color for the kitchen

A year and a half ago, we had our kitchen and dining room area redone.  Rather, I should say that we had a dining room created out of an adjacent bedroom, so our kitchen area was essentially opened up to allow more than 5 square feet for dining space, which is about what we had before.  With my husband and me and our two little ones, this just was not working.

Here’s what the kitchen looked like when it was completed and the chrome table had arrived:

I liked it well enough, but after a while those white walls just seemed too . . . well, white.  I didn’t want to introduce too many different colors into the kitchen/dining room, for I already had three going on: black, red, and white.  But the walls — they needed something.  I just wasn’t sure what they needed.

Fast forward few months later . . . I’m at an antique shop, and I find this clock buried under other junk in a box:

It worked and was in nice condition, and I thought it would look good in my kitchen.  After all, my kitchen had a plug up near the ceiling for just this sort of clock.  Obviously, my kitchen had a void that needed to be filled, and was the solution.

I noticed how much I loved the color of that second hand.  It’s kind of a turquoise/jadeite color, and the more I looked at it, I realized that it was that color that would provide a great contrast to the colors already in my kitchen.  However, being the indecisive person I was, I decided to sit on it for a little longer — as in, another year.

By the spring of this year, the white walls were literally driving me crazy.  My kitchen needed something!  I finally decided to take the plunge, and vowed that as soon as school was out, I would paint the kitchen.

I went to the paint store and grabbed the first sample that seemed to be the color I was looking for.  Truthfully, I had looked at Valspar paints online and had picked out a color called Pacific Palisade.  Then months passed and I forgot what color I had looked at online.  However, when I grabbed the color card at the store (the first one), I looked at the name and saw that it was that color I had looked at oh-so-long ago: Pacific Palisade.

What I discovered upon painting the kitchen is that 1) I should have painted the kitchen a loooooong time ago, and 2) the color, rather than making the kitchen seem too color-chaotic, made everything come together, and really set off the red of the table.   The finished product (the dining room area):

The good news is that I love my kitchen and dining room area anew; the bad news is that it’s started me on a painting rampage, and my house looks like a war zone from everything being taken off walls, moved around, shoved in closets, destroyed, etc.

Wow . . . I love how I just wrote that as if it’s not the everyday norm of my life.  Who am I today — Jekyll or Hyde?

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  1. Kim Monahan’s avatar

    I love it! You couldn’t have chosen a better color. I never would have thought of it:( Could you please come over and help me redecorate the dump site I call home?

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    1. Jen’s avatar

      At the rate I’m going, I might as well start a side business in painting. This is week two of painting adventures — walls and ceilings. This is what happens when I procrastinate for ten years in home improvement. It’s worth the effort, but it’s starting to get really, really old!

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    2. Sarah@BlueCastle’s avatar

      Stunning! I’m in love with your table and the light fixture is beyond words. The clock is a great find and that extra bit of color on the walls just finishes the room off so well. Great, great job.

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      1. Jen’s avatar

        Thanks Sarah! You have quite the awesome retro house as well, and I still cannot believe that you found such a cool laminate underneath your countertop! JEALOUS! I can’t wait to follow your future retro projects.

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