Freshening up a dated kitchen

Just before Christmas, I had my entire house painted. That was quite a feat and boy did it make the house feel fresh and new.

Today, I thought I’d shown you my updated kitchen.  The paint colour went from a warm green Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbour Grey to a soft blue/gray, Benjamin Moore’s Subway tile.  We also changed the backsplash to a warm grey subway tile. Something pretty transitional and a fresh change on the tumbled marfil marble I had previously.  I kept the beige/taupe flooring and the antique brown granite, so I chose a warm grey that ran through both the flooring tile and the granite.

This is the before.

Before Kitchen

I also updated the lighting in the kitchen, something I have wanted to do for a long while.  I went with a vintage brass finish that works well with the warm cherry cabinets.

Dainolite vintage brass pendant Dainolite vintage brass flush mount Feiss aged brass and zinc mini pendants


Blue dining area, vintage brass lighting



So there you have it a fresh new kitchen for 2017!



A subtle paint reveal

Well, if you follow me on my Business Facebook page you know that I did get my family room painted before the weekend birthday celebrations.

Well, this isn’t a huge stunning reveal as the difference is quite subtle, but I was just wanted to eliminate the yellow tone of the walls for a neutral that had more grey in it.  As you will see from the photos below I have red toned hardwood floors and cabinetry so I have to keep some warmth in the paint colour.

New Colour – Grant Beige


To refresh your memory this was the original paint colour – Danville Tan HC -91 from Benjamin Moore.


Old Colour – Danville Tan


And I thought I was going to use Revere Pewter HC-172, also Benjamin Moore, but once I had it up on the walls it was far too blue.


 There is a reason why I tell my clients to test a colour on a couple of walls and to live with it for a day or two.  You can check it in daylight, at night and on a sunny and cloudy day and see how it transforms.  Revere pewter looked great on the window walls but really blue on the walls opposite the windows.  A very good reminder not to skip this step.

So back to the paint deck and the winner was – Grant Beige HC-83  As you can see not that different from Revere Pewter but a touch warmer and that made all the difference in my room. I’d say it’s really a linen shade.






It really  just freshened it up the room (not too sure why the paint colour is reading aqua above the sofa, must be my camera doing something with the light as it doesn’t appear like that in real life at all).

So where are you doing your spring painting?


Spring fever and painting

It happens to me every spring, I have this insatiable desire to redo every room in my home.  It usually starts in the main rooms and then quickly moves into each and every room.

Really, if I didn’t have any self control I would already have the paint cans out and would be in the midst of painting right now. But, I have controlled myself somewhat and decided to start with the family room.  Last winter, I purchased a new neutral sofa for the family room along with a new coffee table. Then later in the year, my blue velvet tufted chairs came in.  And as soon, as they did, I knew I should repaint….but life gets in the way.

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Benjamin Moore’s Danville Tan (HC-91) was just not cutting it anymore.   Just too yellow and brown. I’m so over you….


I actually chose the colour last spring but now I’m going to be heading to the paint store this week to actually pick up a gallon or two. The winner is  –


Revere Pewter (HC-172)!

It has the right amount of gray in it, with a warm touch of brown to make it work with my existing colours in the house, otherwise I really would have to repaint the entire house.   Can’t wait to see how it looks, after 7 years, it’s definitely time for a change.

So wish me luck I’m actually hoping to have it done in time for my youngest childrens’ birthday celebration on the weekend. I had better get cracking….cause once it’s done I have my sights set on my master bedroom.