This little corner of our kitchen has been through a lot the past 7 months. To be honest, it is hard to remember how far this space (and the house as a whole) has come since we live here every day, but seeing these pictures side-by-side makes me feel really proud. We poured our blood, sweat, and tears (literally..I’m not even exaggerating.) into this kitchen and I think we are both really happy with the results so far.

This is the original real estate listing photo :


And this is from after we moved in:


We decided to take out the paneling so that we could flip the boards over and whitewash them. In the process of doing that, we realized we had to rip out the floor, as well. This is that stage of the project:



After we took out the floor and white washed and re-installed the paneling, we prepped for tile (and then covered the hardi-board with paper for our housewarming party (picture below):



Then, we deglossed, sanded, and primed the old baseboards and chair rail and re-installed it. We also replaced all of the trim surrounding the doors and windows so that it all matched. The room originally had four different styles/sizes of trim. Oh, and we added another tiny tiny detail-270 sq. feet of tile on the floor.


All of this time, the baseboard heater covers were tucked away in a distant corner in our garage. We lightly sanded the rust off, spray primed, and spray painted the covers over one really nice weekend at the end of January (when we painted the door yellow), thinking we’d install them the next day. The next day, we realized we didn’t have all of the parts painted. So, then we waited…and waited…and waited for another warm winter day. Meanwhile, we painted our hallway, installed our pantry shelves, painted the dining room, etc.


Finally this past weekend, we got a warm enough day to spray paint the rest of the pieces, and we got everything installed! We also moved our former pantry shelf in to the kitchen and hung a piece of artwork to tie in our cheery yellow door.




!!!!!!!!!!! That’s all I can really say right now about that. I do want to find a small table and some chairs to put in here and the shelf may not last forever in this spot or may get painted or may get moved due to a table coming in, but it works for us right.this.second. and it will stay until it doesn’t. ¬†But really, PROGRESS! ūüôā YAY!

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Also, I just want to say Thank YOU to everyone who reads along with us on this journey. I went to Mason Homecoming a few weeks ago and was completely blown away by everyone’s support of our little bloggity corner of the internet. (See what I did there? CORNER.) Ya’ll are the bomb and we love ya. ūüôā

Dining Room Paint : Done!


We should have started here. The dining room is, by far, the room that needs to least done in the entire house. We love the natural wood trim and paneling on the lower half of the room. The flooring is okay for now, although eventually, we’d like to refinish or replace it to match the rest of the wood floors in the bedrooms on this floor.

The color of the room when we moved in was totally acceptable. In fact, a lot of people asked if we had already painted in there. The closest match I could find to the original color is Behr Teal Ice (although, maybe Ice Cube–it definitely had a green tint to it).

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Our only complaint about the color in there was that it is the same color used in every room that isn’t completely covered in wood paneling-AQUA/TEAL. Since we had a few a lot of mildew problems when we moved in, we wanted to get a fresh coat of paint on all walls and be diligent about using mildew killer on all wood surfaces. So, off to Home Depot we went.

We try not to agonize over paint decisions, although this room was a bit harder because we wanted to keep the wood trim/paneling in there and matching that is a doozy. Even if you google “wood trim paint colors” it is hard to find something that ISN’T an aqua/teal color. So…we went with something similar, but still fresh-Behr Ultra Premium Plus in Fresh Day.


Off we started on¬†Tuesday night: Wiping down the walls and patching holes/cracks. I also got bored and started drawing on the walls with the sponge because the paint soaked up water like it was it’s job. It was flat paint, which is great for hiding wall imperfections, but isn’t scrubbable at ALL, so we went with Eggshell this time around.


He wasn’t impressed by my artwork:




A VERY BRIGHT dining room color of the past hidden behind our thermostat!

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On Wednesday, we did the first coat of our paint:

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Friday night, we hit it with a second coat:

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Then Saturday, I did a final coat with Josh was working:

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Here’s a little side by side action:


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Overall, we are both really happy with the color and the fact that it was a quick project to help build us back up after the verrryyy long process of doing the kitchen (which, still isn’t 100% done). I think knocking out a few more rooms like this and doing the little things to finish up the kitchen will be JUST what we need to push us through our next grueling project. It really is rewarding to see the final product of our hard work.

Now, all the room needs is some window treatments, something on the walls, and perhaps a hutch/buffet and we’ll be good to go!

Grain Surgery

After finishing the white paint on the cabinets, we decided that¬†the original color we chose “Bunny Gray” was too blue and made our aqua¬†countertops look gross. We got a few more swatches and another test pot of paint and decided on Behr’s “Chocolate Froth.” What a great name, right? It literally looks like the color of foam on the top of¬†your latte and is a great neutral color for the walls for now.

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As for the paneling (and the title of this post), once we removed the boards to flip them over and use the more simple side, Josh’s mom suggested the idea of pickling/white washing the wood because the grain is so pretty. Josh was in to the idea-I was a bit more hesitant (mostly because I was like “Uh, hello? We already decided what we are doing! And whatarewegoingtodotothetrim omgomgomg!” Aka, a psychopath). That is,¬†until we cleaned them and holy moly- the grain is pretty. I definitely came around to the idea after seeing this inspiration picture with painted trim and I am so glad I did because it is going to add the perfect about of texture/warmth to the kitchen.

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A reminder of the paneling BEFORE.

And now, what it looks like! (With an extra board un-whitewashed to see the difference.) Ignore the lack of trim-that will happen one day.

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The best part about it? White washing took way less time (Slap on stain, wait three minutes, rub it off vs. primer + dry time + two coats of paint + dry time) AND only cost us $10.77 , plus like $2 for the foam brushes to apply the stain.

Thanks to Mama McP for the idea-you are a design genius. Love, A + J