J & A Kitchen:: And Progress At Last!!

Happy Monday morning to you!! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Well, if you’ve shown up today hoping to see my new finished floor cloth, I’m sorry to disappoint. You see, it’s not finished. In fact, I didn’t even touch it all weekend!

Well, perhaps the ceiling and trim are finished,‘ you say. Nope. Didn’t touch those either.

I spent the weekend working over at John & Alice’s house. The frustrating thing is that I was over there until 8:00 last night working, and before I left, I got my camera to snap some pictures of the progress to show you. Unfortunately, the sun had gone down, and the lighting in the kitchen and family room isn’t exactly the best. So I wound up with really terrible pics!

Oh well, there will be plenty to come in the future. For now, here’s where we stand…

What once looked like this…

…now looks like this…

Oh, how I wish you could see the colors accurately!  They’re really pretty.  The wall color is Martha Stewart Rainwater, mixed in Behr paint.  The lower cabinet is a Behr color called Elephant Skin, mixed in Sherwin Williams interior oil-based paint in a satin finish, and the upper cabinet a Sherwin Williams color called Alabaster (actually mixed in Sherwin Williams oil-based paint) in a satin finish.

There’s still a loooong way to go, but at least there’s progress!!  After being home for what seemed like an eternity with a hubby who sprained his ankle not once, but twice, it felt so good to finally be able to get back to work on this project. 

Speaking of getting back to work, I’d better do just that!  I know it may be a bit strange, but I actually get really excited when I know I’m going to be spending the day painting with oil-based paint.  I love it!



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  1. I'm new to your blog… just found you yesterday! I think I'm gonna like it here; I really like before and afters!

  2. I don't mind the working in oil-based paint, I mind the clean up! So much so that I have been known to throw all of the brushes and rollers away when I'm done :). Bad, I know.

  3. I want to like painting with oil-based paint but I really don't! The fumes, the cleanup, the not being able to wipe up a splatter with water… Please explain to me how and why you like it so much. I must be doing something wrong.

  4. You can hardly find oil based paints in Canada now. I'm glad, actually, because I hate them!

    I love the colour of the wall!

  5. It looks fantastic! I think the colors are pretty in the pics, I can only imagine how great they are in person!!!

  6. it looks great. And from what you mentioned in your post above this one, I really love the look of the open cabinet concept.

  7. It's coming along, looks great. I'm curious to hear your answers to everyone's questions about oil based paint. We usually don't use it!?

  8. Can I ask why you didn't get all your paints mixed at lowes? Is Sherwin Williams better for cabinets? I've always picked my colors then had Lowes do them to save a few dollars & I like their quality. I was just wondering.. I know their colors aren't always great (particularly their grays) but is there better quality paint out there?

  9. I don't think Lowe's carries oil-based paint, do they? I know Home Depot doesn't. If I'm using latex paint, I always use Behr from Home Depot. I've used lots of brands, and always go back to Behr because I think it's the best.

    But when it comes to cabinets, trim, and furniture, I always prefer oil-based paint. I've always been partial to Kelly Moore interior oil-based paint, but this time I had a coupon for Sherwin Williams so I decided to try it, and I really like it!

  10. I'm new to your blog… just found you yesterday! I think I'm gonna like it here; I really like before and afters!