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Playing with Paint Colors

I write for My Colortopia, and they’ve just launched a new online tool: Color My Room. You can upload your own photo, or choose from one of theirs, and play around with paint colors.

My Colortopia Bedroom Palette

There are palettes, suggested by me and my fellow bloggers, but you can also create your own. It amused me to be getting color advice from myself (hello, self!), so of course I selected one of mine. I chose my neutral bedroom Glidden palette of Silver Birch, Wild Truffle, Shaded Ice, Ground Nutmeg, and Driftwood Gray, but decided to try them in a kitchen. Because I’m still stuck on a color for the kitchen.

Glidden Kitchen Colors

I chose one of their gallery photos instead of my own because it was the easier, faster option, and it was a good match for my white trim, cabinets, and tile. Let’s be honest — it was also a much prettier picture than mine. I like the lightness of Silver Birch, but Wild Truffle and Driftwood Gray are appealing too. I’m leaning toward a neutral paint color? What is this world coming to?

I have been sponsored by Glidden® brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s Coming Together

The details for the kitchen update are starting to come together.

I still haven’t picked a paint color, but I have everything else down. The white cabinets, dark brown quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances that Brandon and I put in five years ago will form the backdrop. Then we have the floral backdrop that will become curtains, a couple of white and coral striped tea towels, a pretty turquoise tray, and a set of vintage brown and white ceramic canisters that I picked up at the Renegade Craft Fair.

The cabinets have green ceramic knobs, and my vintage breadbox (that I love) is green too. They don’t really match the greens in the fabric, but I don’t think they’ll be jarring either. If they are, I suppose I’ll hunt on eBay for a new breadbox and sell the old one (money-wise, that should equal out), and then replace the green knobs. With black and white ones, perhaps? I like the combination of black, white, and brown as a foundation. I’m even considering white walls, but it’s hard to pull that look off without beautiful architecture. What do you think?

Put the Kitchen Door to Work

Here’s a little storage trick that works for us. I added hooks to the back of our kitchen door to keep all of our bibs, reusable shopping bags, and a couple of aprons. We also keep one tote there to act as a laundry bag for the bibs and dish towels that need to be washed. We almost always keep the door to the kitchen open, which means the side with the hooks is up against the wall. Everything is accessible, but we don’t have to see it all the time.

Back of the Kitchen Door Storage Ideas

  1. Series One Peg Rail
    So minimal and lovely! So not like the hooks I actually have!

  2. Cotton Canvas Tote
    We keep one large tote to store dirty bibs and dish towels until laundry day. Ours is a grocery store bag that’s not nearly as pretty as this one.

  3. Reusable Shopping Bag
    I keep a few reusable bags in my purse at all times, and store the extras in a pouch on a hook. I like the ones from Envirosax and Baggu.

  4. Woodland Tumble Embroidered Bib
    Bibs are still handy for the kids when we’re having a messy meal.

  5. Dryer-Activated Fabric Softener
    We used to use dryer sheets, but I was pretty excited when Method sent over some of their new softener. It’s good stuff (but we do keep this in the laundry room, not the kitchen!).

  6. Kitchen Apron
    I’m kind of over cutesy aprons, but I love this simple one. Works for men and women.

Of course, that was the magazine-perfect fantasy version. Since owning a single beautiful bib isn’t actually practical, our door really looks like this.

Put that kitchen door to work!

(Trivia: That shabby chic bird hook was the first thing I ever bought from eBay.)

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