Final Sanding and Freshly Painted Kitchen Walls in Tranquil Fashion

Day 32: November 30, 2012

Day 32 was supposed to be our original move-in day.  Fortunately, the deadline was extended and we had another 20 some days before we absolutely had to move out of his Mom’s house.  The living room was semi-calm yet dusty. However, that floor looks remarkably shiny in the photo below.  I assure you it was covered with a layer of sheetrock dust.

Day 32 Living Room

The kitchen and dining room were a little more chaotic.  Plastic wrap, paper floor coverings, tools, dust, paint buckets, more dust, work lights and step stools galore. Fun, huh?

Kitchen Paint

Kitchen Paint

The half wall was so very close to being complete.  Paul was applying one final coat of mud and then we could do the last round of sanding.

Kitchen Paint

Kitchen Paint

We hung plastic sheets over the newly finished cabinets to protect them from dust, primer and paint.  We also hung plastic over the new wall opening to keep the dust contained.  Sanding freshly mudded sheetrock is messy.  Really messy, people.  We did our best to contain, shop vacuum and clean up as we sanded.  Meet my live-in handy man and sanding expert; we call him Bubble Boy.  =D

Bubble Boy

We enlisted some good friends to help us finish the sanding and tackle the painting.  Once the sanding was completed on Day 33, we finally painted those awful post-wallpaper removal yellowish walls.  They were grossing me out.  After we removed the wallpaper you could see original pencil markings like this one below.

Kitchen Paint

Awhile back I wrote about kitchen paint color choices and picking a backsplash for the kitchen.  I left you in suspense with one tricky hint: A Soothing and Tranquil Color Indeed.  Did you guess which color we picked?  It was tricky because you would’ve had to follow the link to each paint color to find the name of color #1.  Trickster is my middle name.

Enough jabber.  The color we picked from the 3 paint swatches was Tranquility (AF-490) by Benjamin Moore.  The dining room side of the half wall is the same color we used on the main living room, hall and foyer called Revere Pewter, also by Benjamin Moore.  Fun Fact:  one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, is also chatting about using Revere Pewter in their home.  Good color choice, friends.  Good choice.

Painted kitchen walls

Painted kitchen walls

Painted kitchen walls

Painted kitchen walls

Painted kitchen walls

What do you think about the Tranquility color in the kitchen?  We really like the way it contrasts against the creamy Battenberg cabinet color, brown and bronze accents.  Plus, it’s WAAAYYY better than those yucky yellow walls.  Isn’t that half wall dreamy?  Bubble Boy and friends did an awesome job!  Up next: new shiny appliances! Weeee!
In honor of Throwback Thursday #TBT, remember when the view of our kitchen looked like this?  It’s pretty amazing to think this photo was taken on Day 5, only 27 days prior to the photos above (5 weekends and late nights after work).
Before- Kitchen wall tear down
 All photos via Designs By Jolene
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