A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

The Painted Kitchen: A Timeline

Before we moved into the bungalow almost three years ago, the kitchen looked like this:

Shortly after we moved in, one of the first projects was to get rid of the half-assed screaming yellow paint job (yes, the PO painted only parts of the walls before running out of steam).

Since we weren’t going to tear out the blue-and-yellow tile backsplash right away (which matched the bathroom tile, naturally, because you want to match your kitchen “ambiance” with your bathroom, right?), I needed to come up with a color palette that would work with it. I chose a green for the walls and a pale yellow for the ceiling, both of which matched some of our plates (Benjamin Moore Kittery Point Green HC-19) and Weston Flax HC-5, respectively).


It was a definite improvement.

Shortly thereafter I wanted to neutralize the backsplash and painted it beige to match the counter.

That worked well for a while, as we were plenty busy with other projects.

Next came the big Attic Renovation of last summer, which involved tearing out a kitchen wall to make room for the wider stairway behind it and allowing us to reconfigure the kitchen layout. You can read about the progress here and here.

Finally in February, with the Kitchen Cure as incentive, it was time to decide on a new paint color. At first I was pondering a very neutral gray, allowing it to be the background for the colorful plates and other items on open shelving.

I’m not sure why I changed my mind, but I’m glad I did. I used the neutral gray on the ceiling instead (Benjamin Moore Thunder AF-685) and the walls received a very rich olive-y, yellowish green appropriately named Wasabi (AF-430). I love, love, LOVE this color. Photos seriously do not do it justice — it’s more rich than bright, more bright than earthy, yet still earthy and deep — if that makes any sense at all.

Sometimes I just stand in the room and gaze at the color.

We have a few more finishing touches to add, so I’ll have more details to share over the next week or two. Later on, in the next few months, I plan to paint the cabinets. In the meantime, though, I’ll work on capturing its true color!


  1. Robin on April 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Wow everything looks great! That color does look awesome. I love colors where you can’t quite but your finger on what color it is. They are always changing in different lighting conditions. Can’t wait to see the finished cabinets!

  2. Kathy on April 4, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Love it!

  3. Jen Rizzo on April 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    It looks great! A little color goes along way!!!

  4. Karen Anne on April 7, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Looks great.

    How is the paint you used for the backsplash tiles holding up? I am thinking about painting the tiles in my bathroom… Thanks.

  5. denise on April 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    thanks everyone!

    Karen Anne: The tiles have been torn out (thankfully). They held up okay, but I don’t think the paint I used would be suitable for a bathroom nor would it have been durable enough. It also left an orange peel texture which I would assume you wouldn’t want for a large area. I think painting bathroom tiles can look decent if you’re going for the all-white look (since the grout lines will end up being painted as well). You’d be better off using an epoxy paint though, like the stuff they use to refinish bathtubs, rather than the type I used.

  6. Cheryl Domby on April 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Denise – just checking to see how you and Pete are coming along! Everything looks great. Tell Pete we said hi !

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