The Only 4 Steps You Need To Transforming a Room with Paint

The Only 4 Steps You Need To Transforming a Room with Paint

Paint can truly make or break a space, when Jeff and I first moved into this little apartment I made the regrettable mistake of not sampling the paint first which turned a perfectly good kitchen into a grey and dull prison cell that felt smaller than it actually is. I almost embarrassed to say but it's taken me all but seven years to finally update the paint, but better late than never - right?

You can check out the before pictures here. The kitchen is still a work in progress, but it's already feeling like a brand new room with a fresh coat of paint. It honestly feels like someone gave us a brand new kitchen. It's brighter, feels bigger, and is just so damn pretty I can't get over it. The transformation literally makes me sad knowing how long it took me to re-paint it.

Had I truly understood the difference one coat (actually two) of paint would make I probably would have done this years ago. Seriously, this kitchen is so pretty you guys, I have been glancing over towards it for the last few weeks since we painted just to admire it. I feel like I could lay down a soft blanket and pillow in the middle of the kitchen and sleep like a baby in my pretty mint-green kitchen, that’s not weird, is it?

Moral of the story: Sample the damn paint, please. Don’t make the same mistake I did and throw on the hardest color in the world to get right (grey) and expect it to work, take your time with some samples before you commit. The world needs fewer ugly rooms and more spaces that breed love, happiness, and peace.

1: Sample Several Paint Colors

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Dunn Edwards

Top: Distant Cloud

Middle: Ice Palace

Bottom: Hurricane Mist

I bought three paint samples by Dunn-Edwards: Distant Cloud, Hurricane Mist, and Ice Palace. I suggest sampling three and then going from there, you don't want to overwhelm yourself with choices.

Two of the samples are a very bright white that I wanted to match with my subway tile back-splash and the third I chose was the lightest green I could find that best matched the Dunn Edwards "Fresh Thyme" paint color on the walls of our main living space adjacent to the kitchen.

I applied each of the samples on three separate sections based on the type of light that would hit them. I applied two coats because one just wasn’t enough to give me an accurate idea of the finished product.


2: Check Your Lighting

Change the light=change the color

When I applied the samples I realize that the lighting I have in the kitchen was a cool white because I bought the wrong light bulbs. In order to make a reliable decision on the paint, I needed to correct my lighting first because that was going to be a major factor in how the paint would look.

I bought these under-cabinet lights from Amazon: EShine Dimmable Under Cabinet Lighting. While they were a little pricier then I tend to spend, they were well worth it. The lighting is so much better than the cheap Ikea lighting I bought for $20 years ago. Now we don't even need notice when the ceiling fixture is off because these under-cabinet strips give off so much light.

The lights come in two different options, Warm White (3000k) and Cool White (6000k). If you want to understand a little more about lighting temperatures, here's a link to a quick two-minute rundown I found to be super helpful:

I went with the warm option and what's even better about these lights is that they are hand-waived activated. The lights over our sink and stove are dimmable which I am so happy for. That way when we have friends or family over we don't have to worry about scrubbing down every nook and cranny of the stovetop and a couple dishes in the sink won't draw attention to themselves :) we'll just dim the lights instead for some really great ambient lighting.

Step 3: Live With The Paint Samples For a Few Days

You need to live with the samples for a few days so you get a chance to see how it looks in different lighting (i.e., daylight, nighttime, lighting fixtures)

As for the paint samples, you can see the options pictured below. The two white samples match the backsplash perfectly, and the pale green tied in really nicely with the living area. I decided to go with the green because I didn't feel that our kitchen had enough architectural "charm" to make the white not feel boring.

Step 4: Commit To a Color and Get To Work

Then it was time to get to work:

I will be posting the after photos of our finished kitchen really soon so keep an eye out, you are going to see a HUGE difference and I’m sure it will inspire you to repaint that one area of your home that you’ve been putting off. If you like it or have any questions  for me be sure to let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!


Until next time, with love, 


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