Kitchen Painting

All White Now

It had been a while since I’d made a major mistake in my decorating (although I’m fully aware that you may feel differently!). I’m feeling very ‘meh’ about the white walls in the kitchen. I love all-white rooms, but I’m afraid the look may not be for me. And Brandon likes it even less than I do.

All-White Kitchen

I took the kids with me to a local paint store (big ups to Paulson’s Paint in Forest Park — my favorite) to pick up a few testers. There are so many subtle variations between shades of white, and I wanted to get it right.


I went with ‘Moonlight White’ (on the bottom) over ‘White Dove,’ both Benjamin Moore, because the latter seemed to be too perfect a match for the trim (Behr’s ‘Swiss Coffee’). Now that the whole room has been painted with two coats, the cool undertone up against the creamy cabinets and trim call to mind the pallor of primer.

Testing White Paint

I could be judging it prematurely. The next step will be to sew the curtains (which I have been putting off because I’m not sure how I want to make them yet), and then I’ll reassess. The kitchen is very white right now, but the full plan was to hang the new curtains and paint the lower cabinets. I’ll do it virtually in Photoshop first, so I can see if I like the look or not. I’m a little worried that it might start to feel a bit kindergarten-esque with the bright color I had in mind.

Paint Color Shopping List

The above paint color shopping list was for testers. ‘November Rain’ was another option to look into if I didn’t like white on the walls, so that shows you the confidence I had going into this.

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    January 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I have come to the realization after two shades of white that as much as I love all white rooms in some houses they just don’t do it for me. Maybe it’s because I rented and lived with white walls so long and spent my teenage years in an off white room, I don’t know but it just feels sterile. My grandmother’s entire interior is white (although with stained trim) and it’s precious. I just can’t live without a little color!

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    January 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    One of the (many) reasons you’re awesome, Nicole? You’re not afraid to be human in your blog. That’s it. I know your kitchen will turn out great.

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    January 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I have to have color too! I painted my lowers a lovely shade of green about 6 months ago and get nothing but positive comments on it. Go bold! Ps. Love your blog-

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    Christina W.
    January 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    It’s probably just the photograph, but everything under that little glare looks phenomenal and everything above it is kinda meh, which doesn’t make sense so it IS probably just the photograph.

    (still rooting for chalkboard wall!)

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    January 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    The majority of the walls in the main living spaces of my loft condo are painted November Rain. I really like the color – it was the previous owners who originally painted it that color, and when I repainted I used November Rain again. I love how it’s a subtle warm gray (in my home’s lighting at least), but it still pops with the white doors. Good luck!

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    January 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I used November Rain in our daughters nursery and absolutely love it! It’s a great airy neutral. I love the idea of painting just the lower cabinets, can’t wait to see the results!

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    January 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Do you have the pictures of before you painted the kitchen white? I would love to compare!

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