|Still work to do but it is almost done|
The kitchen is not quite done and it has taken quite a bit of time. It seemed like it took forever to decide on what to do with our kitchen. Then it took awhile to get up the courage and time to do it ourselves. Our first choice of colors was a dismal failure. We thought we wanted a bright sunny kitchen so we painted the kitchen yellow. It was awful. It was French's mustard yellow. It didn't look that violently yellow in the store but it certainly did on our walls.
|The yellow was awful!|
|The whippets playing on the rug that changed everything|
|Steven taking out the kitchen wall|
We covered the existing floor with an easy-to-apply laminate. We debated putting in wood floors but I wanted an easy to clean and care for floor. Plus I love the colors in the floor. An added bonus, it was easy to install (you can cut the tiles with scissors!)
|The back splash is done.|
So we sanded our now glossy counter tops. We did some more research on how to paint the counter tops and watched a video. Finally, we could delay no longer and Steven rolled on the paint. So far it looks great. Hopefully it will look just as good after a couple of months/years of use.
|Counter tops in process|
- It smells. Make sure you have lots of ventilation.
- Use a fresh paint tray. The paint will dissolve latex paint and it will come off on your roller.
- Use a foam roller to apply and make sure you go in one direction because it will show (at least for the black paint we used).
- Have mineral spirits on hand in case you spill and if you do spill or dip the paint, clean it up immediately!
- Taping is extremely important. The most OCD person working on the project should do the taping.
- When removing tape from hard to reach areas, tuck your shirt in and push up your sleeves.
- Plan for two coats if there is a difference in the color of the surface you are painting and the paint. We ended up doing three coats. We waited an hour between coats.
- Did I mention good ventilation? When we did our kitchen counter tops, you could smell the stuff from the street.
The bottom line: You decide. Below are before and after pictures.
|Kitchen floor (before)|