This post is in partnership with BEHR®
Much like our bathroom (which you can read more about here), the minute this home became ours, I began brainstorming ways in which to transform our kitchen. While it’s generous in size, at least by Toronto standards, my fiancé, Justin, and I have discussed big plans for a mudroom and powder room extension, as well as a full kitchen gut and renovation. It’s something that’s been on our to-do list since we purchased our home late last summer, but with a busier-than-ever business, and our upcoming wedding, we’ve decided to put said major reno on the back burner, at least for the time being.
While I originally had every intention on simply living with the current state of things, the bleh beige backsplash, heinous ceiling fan, and cream coloured walls (which were abundant throughout our home – thank god this is almost the last of it), were starting to get to me. So when we returned from our vacation not long ago, I found myself with a less-than-busy weekend, and decided to take it upon myself to make some quick, and easy, changes…
The first order of business: to be rid of those sad, creamy-yellow walls. I used BEHR® MARQUEE® Interior Paint & Primer in MQ3-4 – Quiet on the Set, and felt immediate relief the moment the first (and only) coat went up. This formerly sad little space instantly felt refreshed and rejuvenated, not to mention significantly lighter and brighter. My designer heart is still satiated every time I catch a glimpse.
Truth be told, the most labour intensive part of the whole ordeal was taping everything off. Much like designing a room, the key to painting one is to lay that proper foundation. Come up with a solid plan and make sure you have all the proper tools (ie: paint brush, roller, tray, painters tape, a wet rag for any drips and spills, and excellent quality paint), before you begin. Once the room was taped off, which took the better part of an hour, I got to work. And because BEHR® MARQUEE® is such a high quality paint, I only needed to apply one coat – which was its own kind of glorious.
At this point I was thrilled to be rid of all of that creaminess, but things started to feel a little too stark (apparently even I have a limit when it comes to light and bright). I decided to give our back door a lick of black paint (note: I used BEHR® MARQUEE® MQ5-05 Limousine Leather, which is a true, deep, rich black) and was amazed at how it instantly grounded the entire room.
From there, I began to play around with all of the fun and frivolous bits. Because I didn’t want to spend a ton (since it really is just phase one of a two phase ordeal), I decided to pick up just a few key pieces, all while keeping our budget in check. This island was just the right scale, came at a digestible price point, and truly transformed our space. The hint of black, much like our back door, helped ground everything, while the added counter space has been an incredible addition. The fact that it’s really pretty certainly didn’t hurt, mind you. Form and function at its very best.
And, aside from a picking up a few pretty accessories (which we will certainly keep, and utilize, once phase two comes into play), we also switched out our never used ceiling fan for a simple, inexpensive, but no less elegant track light. Another small detail that made a significant difference when all was said and done.
Although I’ve been doing this for over a decade now, it will never fail to amaze me the difference a simple gallon of paint can make on a space. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. I swear our food even tastes better these days.
Sources: Wall Colour: BEHR® MARQUEE® – Quiet on the Set | Backsplash Colour: BEHR® PR-W14 – Bit of Sugar | Door Colour: BEHR® MARQUEE® – Limousine Leather | Island: Wayfair | Track Light: Wayfair | Kinfolk Cookbook: Food52 | Tomato Basil Candle: Anthropologie | Navy Tea Towel: Anthropologie | Grey Tea Towel: Pamuk & Co. | What Katie Ate Cookbook: The Cross | Pitcher: Pottery Barn | Fruit Bowl: Pottery Barn | Wicker Basket: Pottery Barn | Silver Basket: West Elm | Salt Cellar: Hawkins | Sugar Bowl: Anthropologie | Honeysuckle Soap & Lotion: Anthropologie
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