A new paint color on the walls, a darker stain on the beams, and some simple Spring touches have completely transformed our kitchen!
Hey friends! Ever since we finished installing our diy faux beams, I felt like something wasn’t quite right in the kitchen. The beams were too yellow and suddenly the walls looked so blue and cool to me.
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On a whim I went in our basement and looked through our leftover paint. I found “Halo” by Benjamin Moore and decided to give it a try on my kitchen walls. I tested out a few inconspicuous areas at first because I was nervous I wouldn’t like it, but then I immediately became more bold and starting trying the new color all over the kitchen! Haha!
I knew right away that it was perfect. Halo is such a great color. It’s the perfect “greige” – a wonderful mix of gray and beige. So I went for it and painted the whole kitchen this new color.
As soon as I finished painting the walls, the beams looked ten times better. Something about the cool tone from the walls before was just not jiving well with the stain I chose.
The only problem was that the beams still seemed too yellow to me. I didn’t necessarily want them super dark, but I definitely wanted them to feel more rich.
I took a chance and dipped a rag in “Early American” stain by Minwax and rubbed it on a hidden area of a beam. Almost immediately I knew that it was right. It’s not a huge difference, but the beams feel a bit more rich now than before. What do you guys think? Should I go even darker with them?
Another thing that surprised me was taking the shades down that were in my kitchen. They were here when we purchased this house and I think they are beautiful, but just a bit yellow in this space. Removing them just brightened up our kitchen immensely! Who would have thought?
Just another example of how simple, silly things can completely change a space. If something doesn’t feel right, keep playing around with it and move things in and out. You just never know what silly change will give you that “aha!” moment!
This past weekend I was able to get away for a night with my husband, and the following day I did some shopping. I purchased a new runner for the kitchen with a gift card, and I just love the touch of blue that it adds.
I scored the gray/blue crackled vase next to my sink for $6 on clearance at Gordmans (I’ve linked a similar one for you here), and I feel like it ties in so nicely to the chalkboard frame I refinished last fall. Add in some $2 green floral stems from Joann’s (I couldn’t seem to find these online) and it’s the perfect spring arrangement!
I also added some faux hydrangeas to the basket above my fridge, and even though there’s two feet of snow outside, my kitchen warms me up immediately! In my mind, there’s nothing more beautiful than soft gorgeous greens against rustic stone. Oh I just love the combination!
Finally, a few cement pots with greens from the Dollar Spot at Target really brought our kitchen to life. I finally feel like our kitchen has that classic cottage style that I’ve always dreamed of achieving throughout our home.
There are a few more things I’m trying to decide on, like cafe curtains in the windows. I would also love to refinish the trim work around the window on the stone wall to make it appear larger. What do you guys think? Here’s the window now…
And here’s an idea of what it might look like with larger trim…
Obviously my rendering is probably way over scale but hopefully you can see the vision, haha!
Anyway, I’m so happy with the kitchen for now. I love the touches of green and rustic warmth that the stone and beams add.
Are you guys starting to decorate for spring yet? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by sweet friends! 🙂