I've said it before, and I'll say it again... it never ceases to amaze me how much a little paint can completely change a room.
Take our kitchen for example. Last year we did an (unexpected) kitchen renovation and I was absolutely in love with the end result. You can read the entire post here, but basically we painted the cherry cabinets navy, swapped out the hardware and installed butcher block cabinets. The end result was SUCH a transformation and to this day I still can't believe what a difference it has ascetically made in our home. Like a night and day transformation.
While we changed almost everything in the kitchen, the one thing that I left out was the wall that separated the kitchen from our living / dining room. Years ago I had painted it gray, and last year while making decisions about the kitchen it never occurred to me to change it. It always bugged me a little bit but I couldn't quite put my finger on why.
A few weeks ago, it hit me... it would make such a difference if the wall in front was painted the same color as the cabinets. That way the space would feel completely separate from the rest of the room, which has a open concept. I'm not going to lie, I was a little nervous messing with something that I already loved, but since I had a half a gallon of paint left I figured it was worth a try. It's only paint after all! A few strokes in I knew I had made the right decision and a few hours later I couldn't believe that I hadn't thought of it sooner considering what a difference it made!
Here is my final (FINAL) kitchen reveal.
Isn't it such a difference???
I love how the navy makes the brass and the wood really pop, and painting the wall actually made the entire living room feel so much bigger since the kitchen now feels like it's own room. The dark paint actually lightened the space since it makes the tile and counter tops seem so much brighter, something I was a little worried about when I was debating the darker color. Considering that this was a free project (since I had the paint and brushes) and it only took about two hours, I'd say it was a smashing success!
This just goes to show that sometimes you really need to live in a space to see how it can be improved and it can be the little projects that make the most difference! I have to say I love being in this space now and will absolutely say out loud that I wouldn't change a thing! xx