A Yellow Shelf & New Kitchen Paint

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Last summer I bought 2 shelves from KSL (an online classifieds thing here in Utah... similar to Craigslist) with the intention to repaint them. 

It is now March. And I just finished one. Go me!

I fell in love with these shelves when I saw them online. They had a lot of character with the crown molding and planked wood in the back. And they were even REAL wood! Hooray! The set came with this one you see and a horizontal shelf that is upstairs in the office... still unfinished. One step at a time people. Part of me was hesitant to repaint over the beautiful wood grain, but there were some minor scratches (as you can see below) that I wanted to disguise. 

I used Kilz to prime the shelf. I love this stuff because you don't even need to sand! Now if that isn't music to my ears I don't know what is. I loathe sanding. I ended up applying almost 3 coats, however, because the primer just kept getting soaked up into the wood. But once it was sufficiently primed, I only needed to do 1 generous coat of color.

My original intention was to paint this guy a turquoise/robin's egg blue color, and then with advice from my Mom and Russ who both thought there would be way too much of that color in the kitchen/living area especially due to my wallpaper, I went with my next favorite color -- yellow! The color is "Bees Wax" by Sherwin Williams. It's a really pretty buttery yellow. I had originally bought a color called "June Day" that was a punchier yellow (aka WAY TOO BRIGHT), and because Sherwin Williams is the best paint store ever, they gave me a new gallon with the "Bees Wax" color that turned out to be perfect.








Oh yeah, and I also painted the kitchen last Friday evening (nothing like a hot date, right?). I wanted the subway tile back-splash and the molding to stand out a little more, but still wanted to keep the kitchen light and bright. The living room is painted "Cobblestone" by Martha Stewart, which is the perfect "greige." I  wanted the kitchen to be in the same color family as the living room since they are practically one room. One thing I need to work on is my paint-picking skills. I'm terrible at picking paint. But after almost picking another color, I ended up going with "Crushed Ice" by Sherwin Williams (at 75% strength). I couldn't be more happy with my choice! {queue sigh of relief}

I think this little corner is one of my new favorite areas in my house. I am slowly accumulating fun serving dishes, bowls (such as the West Elm modernist bowls I purchased a while ago), and cake platters to display. They just make me happy. Not to mention that letterpress calendar by Snow & Graham. It really is the little things in life, right?

Finally, here is a view of the corner from the fridge area of my kitchen. And yes, I still have my Valentine's hearts up in the window. Don't judge.


So how about you? Have you worked on any refinishing projects? They are always pretty time consuming, but oh-so-worth it! 

10 comments:

Megan Barrick said...

Looks Fabulous! Can you come back to San Antonio and help me pick colors for our house?

JOHNNY.BECKY.HAZEL said...

Well, you've done it again. Looks beautiful!

Marcella said...

LOOK SO GOOD! I love it.

Jessy Carlisle said...

Your house is too cute... seriously. And your blog is my favorite to read. I always save it until the end of my google reader and read it very last.

Amanda Jones said...

You are quite the revamp-er!!! I love it. I especially love the cases on the bottom... They bring back good memories.

Camille said...

Thanks guys!! I was excited to get it done. And Jessy, I'm glad my blog acts as the "dessert" of your google reader :)

Lindsay said...

Oh you have no idea what you just did. You picked out my kitchen color for me. :) I want grey, but not tooo grey. I love my whole cream, espresso thing going on I just need grey. And then flowers or something so people don't think I am soooo boring. :) Your kitchen is stunning.

Sara said...

LOVE it! I so love kilz. you've reinspired me to finally get around to painting our bedroom furniture. I've only had it for... 5.5 years- sad right?
Question bc I love the way you decorate and think your house is gorgeous. We are finishing our basement. Our baseboards are botany beige (I believe from Sherwin Williams) it's a very light biege. I want to do the walls a very light griege when we paint, and continue the baseboards the same color, but I am worried griege will not look great with the biege. (I love white with grey, just not sure how I feel with greige and beige together. I can't picture it!) What do you think? Longest. comment. ever. Thanks for the advice.

Reeve family said...

I love the yellow color! Looks great!

Caitlin said...

cute! Your house is so cute. And... we need to get together!