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Guess what B is doing today. Just guess.

If you guessed painting the kitchen, you’re right! The grand prize (knowing that you’re right, which, I don’t know about you, but that’s enough for me most of the time) is yours. So anyway, B has today off, and he’s feeling gun-ho and announced last night that he’s going to paint the kitchen today while I’m at work after a week of being sick with a nasty cold.

Here’s what the kitchen originally looked like.

It now has the island that we bought from Ikea, and we’ve pretty much finished unpacking everything, though things are still finding homes in drawers and cabinets. The dishwasher isn’t new, but it washes better than any other dishwasher I’ve ever had. And the microwave is pretty old as well, but it still works. The overhead fan in the range of the microwave is incredibly loud–it sounds like it’s going to take off! We’re not fans of the microwave, so the long-term plan involves taking it down and just using a range hood instead. We have another microwave from our old place that we can use, and this way we can open up that space above the stove, making it easier to see into pots and pans while you’re cooking.

Here is our kitchen inspiration.

I really wish I could remember where I found this. It was some time ago, and I have never been able to find it again. I just love it though. The cabinets are similar to the ones we have. We plan to replace the white-laminate counter top with a black one in the future (not sure what material yet; it will be based on what we can afford). We also will need to replace the cabinet doors one day in the future as well. They aren’t actually painted white–there’s some kind of laminate cover on them, and it’s peeling off around the edges in some places. We didn’t notice this until we moved in.

So far we’ve had a very difficult time color matching the blue on the walls in this photo to our actual kitchen space. The light has been incredibly tricky to work with. We’ve tried at least six or more shades, and some have been close in one spot but look like completely different colors on the wall opposite. It’s crazy, and challenging. What we finally decided to try is a shade by Benjamin Moore for Pottery Barn called Buxton Blue. We aren’t sure yet how well it will work. It looks very, well, blue in some spots, but then in other spots it looks perfect, so we decided to just go for it and we’ll see what happens. Just going with the flow! I don’t know that it’s going to have the soft feel that my inspiration photo has, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work.

We’ll post photos as soon as the paint’s dry!