Painting the Bathroom and Kitchen

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A few months ago, I mentioned in a blog post that I wanted to repaint the kitchen, and I've now officially started that project. Martha Stewart Color has never let me down, but since I'm so limited with what I can choose for the kitchen due to the differing colors in floor, tile, and countertops, I'm expanding to other lines at this point to find just the right shade of cream. I've tried four samples in the kitchen already, but none of them were quite right. I really thought her Macaroni shade would be the one, but it's hardly noticeable except in certain lights. I plan to look at Benjamin Moore next. I'm going for a cream that isn't too yellow or brown. What about you--is there a cream color that you love and would recommend?

Since I'm still working on a color for the kitchen, I'm actually starting on our bathroom, since I was able to narrow it down to Martha Stewart's Glass-Bottom Boat (MS338 and one shade from Vintage Map, Annagrace!) with a new coat of Martha Stewart's White Calla (MS138) for the trim. Again, I was limited by flooring (royal blue marmoleum) and tiles (sea green), so I'm hoping this is going to look great when I'm done. I'm at the stage now where all the hardware has been removed, including our recessed medicine cabinet, which has cut me on the arm twice already, and will be replaced with a new one. We are going to replace all the hardware as well, since everything seemed to be falling apart anyway. I just hope it looks nice when I'm finished, because once I make a commitment and buy the gallon, well, I kind of have to live with that color for awhile (although I did repaint a bathroom at our old house twice in one year).

The kids were great all week while Landon was gone. We established some new routines, I've adapted some new parenting approaches, and I feel like we're back on track with Samuel again. Parenting has always come back to intuition for me, which is why I have sort of grounded my parenting style in a modified version of attachment parenting. The thing is, intuition can get lost in the busyness of life, so it takes slowing down to carefully consider and reflect on what it is your child is trying to tell you. I was able to figure out this week what it is I think Samuel needs, and there has been a big improvement with his behavior and our interactions overall. I learned a lot this week about how to be a better parent to Samuel, and learned to slow down and keep the calendar free for a few days to get perspective and to find solutions.

So, fresh paint and new solutions--we're making progress around here!


Amy said...

I can't wait to see the finished products! It's amazing what paint will do for your house!!!

Kerrie said...

Karli, you are right. There is so much to be gained from slowing things down in our lives from time to time. I also can't wait to see pictures of the kitchen and bathroom.

Annagrace said...

It all sounds great, Karli--fresh paint and fresh perspective. Can't wait to see/hear more about both!

The Ferriter Family said...

Hey my favorite cream is Vanilla Bean its a Lowes colour. We painted the top part of our dinning room with it and I have been wanting to use it a few other places. Good luck! Our kitchen is next on our list. (When I pick a colour)

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