Friday, May 9, 2014

oops!

So, I thought I was going easy on my husband by painting the kitchen peach, not pink.  You know, because peach is closer to brown and less overtly girly (maybe?).  Oh, I can be so convincing.   It's like flesh-colored, kind of.  And, don't worry... it won't be A Lot of peach.  Half of our kitchen is white brick and then there's all the cabinets and appliances.  How much wall is there, really?

One thing was for sure, it needed to be lightened.  Here are some "before" pictures taken here and there over the last few years.

My kitchen

in my kitchen

This dark, chocolate brown cave... yeah, that was my kitchen.  I actually enjoyed it this way for many years.  The dark color made the white cabinets and vivid yellow curtains pop.  But, I was ready for a change.  I wanted something that would feel sunny and maybe put a little spring in my step.

So, what does "spring linen" Olympic paint look like on my walls?

walking into our kitchen

Pink.

"Spring Linen" peachy pink!

my peachy pink kitchen

Well, I feel a little bit bad for Brandon, but I LOVE it.  What's not to love?  It's so cheery and clean and fresh feeling.  Turns out when you paint the walls a light color they don't recede so much and there is plenty of wall to be pink-ified.  I'm going to make new black and white curtains in a effort to offset the pinkness.  (Together the yellow and pink read very girly, right?)  Maybe a more neutral hand towel too?  But, honestly, he'll probably not notice the difference. 

Still I'm definitely going to keep calling it "peach," just in case that helps!

51 comments:

  1. Ha ha. It looks great, poor guy. But I have to say I've never bitten into a peach of that colour. I like the contrast of the white against the *ahem* peach.

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  2. This is much too adorable! It really is like an entirely new kitchen.

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  3. Keep the yellow!!!! Kitchens are supposed to be bright and cheerful (in my book) and pink and yellow are so bright and cheerful! I'm sure the husband will survive somehow. Enjoy your pink kitchen (my aunt has been pinning 500 pictures of pink kitchens lately, so I think she's right behind you; me, I'm partial to my 70s kitchen with it's gold and avocado).

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    1. *its gold and avocado. I do know the difference. :-)

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  4. It's so pretty! I would keep the yellow, though. Pink and yellow look good together!

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  5. ha! ha! Calling it peach is so not gonna help! It's lovely - a lovely pink! So fresh and clean and inviting! - inviting pink! hee....hee..hee.....

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  7. It really is pretty, even if it is pink! And take heart - I painted a room peach once and my husband made me repaint it because he said he felt like he was in a "Barbie skin"-colored room! The color he picked out looked like wet cement, and I lived with it for two years before painting it a beautiful bright aqua. I love it now!

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  8. It is such a lovely color of pink (peach) maybe we call it pinch....Oh the curtain options are endless....

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  9. It's beautiful ... and just how much time does he spend in the kitchen, anyway? LOL

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  10. Oh, yeah. Definitely pink! Enjoy.

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  11. I really like it - not sure about the black and white curtains, don't want it to look the the "candy box" - maybe some green prints with white. Check out some magazines on kitchen redo too. Love the color.

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  12. hahahaha - best blog post of the day

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  13. Haha, cute post! I design custom kitchens for a living (not sure you knew that). It's very charming and I can see how the brighter color difference would certainly perk you up. We just redid our kitchen too (thank heavens) and it feels so much better. Good job, Rachel! Xxo

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  14. I love it, too! So cheery and clean.
    I think high-contrast B&W curtains will make the peach even pinker... and I'd go with earthy, like your backsplash tile.

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  15. Ahhh....The Grand Budapest Hotel...:) Have you seen that movie?

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  16. Lol...poor guy....but if it's you who spends more time in there you can always "offer" to let him pick the color when he spends more time in there than you :) What about pairing it with some aqua, turquoise and bits of red?

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    1. The funny thing is my husband does spend a lot of time in there. He cooks dinner about half the time. Since I'm at home during the day, I still clock more hours in there, but...well.. he does his fair share. Fortunately, he's being really sweet about it.

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  17. My husband agreed to paint our bathroom orange, he was thinking soft creamy peachy orange, I was thinking clown fish. I forget the official name, but it was something to do with the circus...:D Been this way for three years and I think its growing on him. The Peachinky will grow on him eventually - and its way better than the cave.

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  18. That looks so pretty. The black and white curtains are a great idea. They will really 'pop'. Congrats on your 'new' kitchen!

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  19. I like to go by the motto, "If mama ain't happy, nobody is happy!" Enjoy it!

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  20. Oh, that is too funny! I think it looks great and maybe it's not so pink in person? Your husband well get used to it. ;)

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  21. I think he is going to notice ;) It looks great!

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  22. Ha ha, wow that is really pink! Sorry, I mean peach. That's pretty fabulous and I hope you have made yourself a gorgeous little Betty Draper style peach apron to wear while you're in there!

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  23. Hahaha! Yes, it is most definitely pink, but such a lovely shade! Our last place (a rental, so we had no say in paint color) had peachy walls throughout and it was awful. I have to admit it was all I could envision when you first wrote about your color choice. This is downright lovely!

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  24. Oh that's definitely pink but it looks great! We've had a few of those surprises here too... my art room is bubblegum pink and I think my husband died a bit as he painted it on, but I loved it and still do. The kicker is our bathroom - it's this deep 70's orange that emits an intense orange glow from it when the light is on (think of that episode of Seinfeld with Kramer and the chicken sign across the street - that's the glow!). To this day we laugh over it so we haven't changed it. If it makes you happy, it's a win!

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  25. Accents of yellow and green! Luv it!

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  26. It's a pretty color, but I do admit, and agree with the others, the first thing I thought of when you mentioned B&W, it would make it look more Pink. How does your husband feel about the tile back splash and the color combination? The color is pretty, but not so sure it goes with the back splash and it doesn't quite feel like its the right color for a kitchen. Maybe bathroom or bedroom?

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  27. I would not do black and white blind but rather embrace the colour with a floral that incorporates the pink and peachiness

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  28. You made me smile wide with your post :) Stil, it's nice shade of pink.I would add some cold shades of brown to calm the pink down.And it would work great with whites and creams thst already are in your kitchen.All the best to You !

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  29. Find a fabric with pink and peach and maybe a bit of black or chocolate brown. The difference is remarkable. Brandon will find it refreshing too.

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  30. Very pretty, but I understand completely. If I had my "druthers", my house would be MUCH more girly. LOL. My husband has nixed yellow paint in the house. I wonder what he would think of "peach". LOL :)

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  31. Bahahaha your poor husband! My first thought was that it looked like strawberry starburst candy. But it is pretty and much brighter! :)

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  32. I think it looks great and so much brighter. Enjoy it.

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  33. It looks like the peachy pink from the rug you made. Maybe Brandon will love it, maybe ;)

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  34. I LOVE IT! my kitchen was recently painted pink. a little more pale than yours. am planning on kaufman black essex linen for the the curtains :) bring it down a little. Mine is smaller and darker, I love the light of yours!

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  35. It looks fabulous,so much brighter

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  36. It looks beautiful! My husband would never go for that though. (haha) He would have to re-paint it. ;) -Brittany

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  37. Love your 'new' kitchen! Imagine having the feel of a new kitchen just by painting it...so in a few years time you can again have another one with a new colour, no problem at all, it is just paint. Great story, made me smile, I don't see any peach at all too:)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  38. Just one more comment:
    I showed my husband who was sitting next to me, he smiled too and said: it reminds me of the cartoons of 'The Peach Panther' ;)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  39. It looks more pink because of the brown (tiles, floor). Using fabrics that had the peach you want and a little of the pink would help camouflage. Decorate both windows with that and it will begin to look on purpose. Keep your eyes open for anything you can put on your shelves to continue more peach. But if he hates it now that won't change. My husband would want to repaint. But only do one wall to be sure of color.

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  40. I love that even someone so colour-savvy as you is surprised by the outcome of painting a room. I had a dreadful time choosing white paint when we renovated - lost so many nights sleep thinking about which one to go with. I thought I'd been so clever by painting A2 sized canvasses with samples and testing them out in different rooms but oh no, it was still a shock when the room was done. The worst was the kitchen - the 'white-white' cupboards made the 'white' paint look terribly yellow, I had to get it redone. Now of course I hardly notice the colour because 18 months later it's the child-height hand and finger marks that catch my eye.

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  41. I love your pink, oops I mean peach, kitchen. I've just painted our bedroom calamine (read pink) and my husband (says he) loves it! It's such a happy, peaceful colour. Your kitchen looks fabulous.

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  42. hahah it is totally pink! oops! I like the idea of black and white curtains, and the kitchen definitely looks great and a LOT lighter!

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  43. Rachel, I LOVE the color. Its a perfect peachy pink and it makes your kitchen look so warm and inviting. My husband and I painted our dining room 4 times before we found the perfect purple/mauve/gray color!

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  44. Very fresh feeling, my husband would totally use walls that color as an excuse to not do the dishes!

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  45. Rachel I love the pink, sorry 'peach' too! It's so much fresher and makes your kitchen look so much bigger!
    I don't know about off setting it with more beige / brown tones, that might make it look more pink, as would the black and white curtain idea. I'd be tempted to try a few more bold colours to mix in with the yellow and orange, maybe red, green and blue. Not too much though, you don't want him complaining about rainbows! But just enough to draw the eye to them and subdue the pink in his eyes.
    xx

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  46. Put a can of motor oil on the shelf and call it a day (the manly touch). Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful.

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