So I had been toying with updating our kitchen island for a while. I feel like I have been debating for over a year, and finally decided to pull the trigger. Because what’s the worse that can happen, I don’t like it and I can paint it back white, RIGHT?! So I finally decided to take the plunge and update our kitchen island, by painting it a bold color, and it was so easy.
We have taken many strides in updating our kitchen to make it feel like ours, and add that farmhouse flair that we love so much! You can see HERE just how we transformed our kitchen without doing a major renovation. With the help of paint, and cosmetic upgrades, we turned this blah beige kitchen into our farmhouse dreams. Of course there are still some things I would like to do in here to update it a bit more, but I’d say we made quite a bit of progress.
So one night around dinner time, because that’s when projects seem to strike, I grabbed my paintbrush, and my favorite chalk paint color and got to work. Or so I thought. I hesitated at first painting such a dark color, because I was afraid it was going to undo all my hard work to lighten everything up in our kitchen. So I second guessed myself, which by the way – nothing good can ever come from that. In design there are risks, and if I’ve learned anything from taking risks in design, the higher the risk – the higher the reward.
So instead of opening my favorite chalk paint can, Graphite, I paused and grabbed a can of taupe gray called French Linen, by Annie Sloan. I started painting, and like any project you start painting, you know it doesn’t always look pretty at first, but you need to give it some time to come to fruition.
It was ok, but I was starting to notice something. The taupe in this warm gray was starting to make my countertops more brown! YUCK! That was not what I was wanting. As I stood back the color just seemed to conflict with all the other colors I had going on in the space. So I decided in the moment, that what could it hurt to at least try out the color I was originally wanting to paint the island, Graphite.
While it’s hard to see in this photo, especially because our countertops look more brown on the left than the right, the darker color was exactly what was needed. And you know what, even after just the first coat, heck the first couple of brush strokes, I was instantly happier. So I put the taupey-gray away, and moved forward with Graphite, from Annie Sloan’s chalk paint line. And two coats later I was so happy I trusted my gut, took the risk, and moved forward with the darker color.
Even though in some photos it appears darker, almost black, Graphite has the slightest hint of navy to it’s charcoal gray color palette. You get a better feel for the color in the photo below, and I’ve used this color consistently throughout our home.
Even better, these faux granite countertops I loathe, don’t bother me as much anymore. I plan to paint the cabinet doors on the other side, but for now this makes me happy, and I feel more content with this space. Here is a side by side before and after:I’ll be back next week with Part 2 of our Summer Home Tour, and can’t wait to share more of our outdoor spaces with you, and how we utilized them for full enjoyment this summer!
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