Kitchen Painting

Starting on the Trim

I woke up feeling somewhat energetic (I’ve been exhausted through the first 16 weeks of this pregnancy), so I skipped my morning shower and put on my ugly Ghostbusters Video Game t-shirt. You know what that means…

It’s time to start painting the trim. First up: finishing the kitchen.

Kitchen Window Painting in Progress

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  • alison
    September 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Hi Nicole! Looks like a fun project! I’m just wondering, what kind of precautions do you take to paint while you are pregnant? Do you use a low-VOC paint, what about primer!? Looking for some advice so I can keep busy at my house during my pregnancy! Thanks!

  • Christine
    September 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I can’t wait to see how your trim turns out!

    And wouldn’t mind a photo of you in that awesome shirt while you’re at it ;)

  • Jamie
    September 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Already looking lighter and brighter!

  • jessibee
    September 3, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Awesome! It’s gonna look great!

  • Leanne
    September 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I have painted out all of the trim in our home…made a world of difference. I love the fresh crispness of it, but I had some grumpy by-standers. They “get it’ now. :)

  • JLR
    September 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    My ghostbusters tee is a harvard sleep T!

  • Rob O.
    September 3, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Eager to see the results! By the way, you’ve gotta try Frog Tape instead of the dreaded blue masking tape.

  • Kristin
    September 3, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I also feeling energetic started tackling our jungle garden that I have barely touched all summer due to being pregnant! :)

    Oh and I LOVE white woodwork, I agree with you on making your home yours! :)

  • val
    September 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Go for it! Can’t wait to see how wonderful it looks :)

  • Corie
    September 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    It’s gonna look great, Nicole. So bright, fresh and clean! YAY!

  • Cecilia
    September 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Nicole, I have found your blog so much an inspiration that I’ve decided to tackle our ugly kitchen and paint the wood cabinets white. However I wanted to ask, how much do you need to sand the cabinets before painting? Any ideas on how you get an even coat etc? I know you did a paint tutorial for painting a room (which I’m tackling next!) but it would be SO helpful if you did a similar one for the cabinets and trim.

  • Lauren @ chezerbey
    September 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Good luck! We are priming and painting our big remodel project this weekend. I just re-read your painting guide from a while back to refresh my memory…here we go!

  • Jen K
    September 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Way to go! Getting motivated is the hardest part! Especially when you are pregnant and have a baby! I think it’s going to look great! I love painted trim : )

  • Momnivore's Dilemma
    September 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    @ Alison-

    There are plenty of non-voc primers and paints out there. lowe’s has a well-priced non-voc collection…(primer included).

  • luuve
    September 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    oooh i cant wait! before and afters coming up! :)

    ps i agree with the above…it looks brighter already!

  • Liz
    September 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Oh my gosh. This gives me hope. I’ve totally flat-lined with exhaustion here lately. At least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. :)

    Can’t wait to see the results.

  • OwningSingle
    September 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I bet it’s gonna look great. This is the weekend for home projects.

  • jane
    September 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    I painted all the trim in my house too and never looked back! Good for you for doing what will make you happy:) I still get people telling me what a shame it is that I painted. I tell them it is a good thing they don’t live there!

  • Rachel Ripardo
    September 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Ghostbusters Video Game t-shirt?? That’s super cool!

  • Laura Gaskill
    September 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Ha ha! What is it about pregnancy and painting? I painted every room in my home over the course of my pregnancy – I was spurred on by the fact that every color in my house (painted in a literal rainbow of hues by the previous owners) made me feel ill when I had morning sickness.

    And I seem to remember certain photos of you painting your front porch while very pregnant with Eleanor. Good luck, Mama!

  • Shelly
    September 4, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Can’t wait to see it!

  • Aimee
    September 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I look forward to seeing the finished project. :)

  • Carolyn
    September 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    You’re putting me to shame! I’ve been in the process of painting the trim in our house for two years now!!

  • Jacinta @ modelmumma
    September 6, 2010 at 12:49 am

    YAY, can’t wait to see how it turns out but already looking so much better.
    I’ll be doing mine some time in the near future. woo hoo.

  • Traveling Mama
    September 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Hope the painting was successful! I thought it was so funny about the trim… I’d paint it too! That’s the joy of it being yours- you can do whatever you want! Hugs from Copenhagen!

  • Anna's House
    September 7, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Wow, Nicole – I think’ll look great! I wanna see pictures of the finished thing!! :) x

  • christina winters
    September 7, 2010 at 8:08 am

    not to sound panicky, but did target stop carrying their lovely italian sodas? asking here because you have mentioned them before! :x

  • Erin Quinn
    September 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

    We’re working on parallel projects! We moved into our current house when I was 12 weeks pregnant, and I’m now at 25.5 weeks. It’s been slow going, but I’m painting all the wood trim in our house (and every room too). I got to banish the off-white walls and tacky platicy-oak trim. The pressure is on though- it is getting harder and harder to work while sitting on the floor.

  • Laura
    September 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    can’t wait to see the finished project, especially since we are in a similar dilemma.

  • Sandy
    September 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Good luck painting it up! Your counter tops and back splash are gorgeous. A nice little touch up of the window frame seems just what your kitchen needs.