Happy New Year!

I can’t believe we just rang in 2014 :). It has been a VERY crazy and exciting week for us…we officially moved into our new house!  It was the best Christmas present we could have ever asked for.  And, a big thank you to our amazing families who helped us move and clean.  Luckily we had a few 50 degree days in mid-December to move during!

Our House - LiveDineParty

But, with all of the craziness going on, Christmas and New Year’s just kind of crept up on us and our new house has been decorated with moving boxes instead of a Christmas tree.  I’m anxious to finish unpacking and organizing and to start sharing the inside of the house with all of you, all of the projects we have planned and eventually the entertaining we do in our new home.

And, this leads me to my New Year’s resolution…to relax a little more and enjoy every moment before trying to figure out what I am doing next.  Cliche, I know 🙂

So, here is our first project…painting the kitchen.  After going back and forth about a hundred times on what I wanted to paint first and what color, we finally decided on painting the kitchen first, which needed it the most.  My husband is an angel for putting up with my indecisiveness over the last week 🙂  The previous home owners left us with copious amounts of nail holes and marks on pretty much every wall in the house (much appreciated), but the kitchen was the worst and it is where we will spend a lot of time.  I also had to get rid of the horrible light yellow the previous owners had on the walls as quickly as possible.

We decided on Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige for the wall color.  It is a great neutral color that we had used in our condo, not too yellow or pink, a true beige.  Our new kitchen has off-white cabinets (painted Behr Antique White) and a tan granite so the Shaker Beige compliments it perfectly and adds the right amount of contrast to the cabinet color.  For the bead board, we used the Behr Antique White to match the cabinets.  FYI, bead board looks great, but it was a lot of work to paint.  Unfortunately, you can’t just roll the paint on because it creates too much texture so I had to paint the entire area with a brush and I think my hand was about to fall off by the end of it.  We also used a semi-gloss white on the trim to make the Antique White pop more, which was a great idea from my husband.

Here are some before and after pictures, enjoy!


 Kitchen - LiveDineParty Kitchen - LiveDineParty

Kitchen - LiveDineParty

Kitchen - LiveDineParty


Kitchen - LiveDineParty

Kitchen - LiveDineParty

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Kitchen - LiveDineParty

Kitchen - LiveDineParty Kitchen - LiveDineParty

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a room.  Now on to the next room for painting…living room or bedroom????


2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Love the color and the paint job is outstanding! I did not realize you had pictures until I saw the posts on Pinterest!
    Looking forward to the weekend of paintining.

    mom and dad


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