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Weekend Plans [Jul. 1st, 2011|05:14 pm]
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Over 30 years ago we moved into this house.  It was built in the mid-50s, so by 1979 it was only a young adult, as houses go.   It had been built by one family, then bought by a couple retiring to town (all 600 inhabitants) from the country.  Someone--I suspect the older couple--had paneled the kitchen, the room next to the kitchen (an awkward space, long and narrow, that's hardly more than a passage from the utility room to the kitchen) and the 18 foot square living room with brown fake-wood paneling.   The color wasn't unpleasant by itself, but it had a gray-rose base tone, and the kitchen cabinets, real wood, with a golden tone, did not work well with it.  But we could not afford to do anything.   And did I mention the turquoise Formica countertops?  No?  

As time went by I put in new flooring (not the gold/orange/cream patterned vinyl the first owners put in, which also went oddly with the rose/gray faux-wood paneling, but a muted pattern in white/gray/grayblue.   That took pressure off the turquoise countertops.  But there was still the faux-wood wall.  Meanwhile other stuff happened, and still other stuff happened, and finally, this year, after the 30+ years, I got real chairs into the kitchen instead of folding chairs.  They went nicely with the cabinet wood, being real wood themselves.   They did not go nicely with the faux-wood paneling on the wall against which they stood.  Hmmm.  

So after much discussion through the spring of what colors to try, given the other colors, the size of the kitchen, the tablecloths we already had, etc.--and after a hiatus caused by a medical emergency and two conventions--I finally made it to the store and looked at paint colors.  Lots of paint colors.   Brought home several paint chips (or swatches or whatever you call them) and one jar sample of the color I thought might be best.   (Trying to pick paint in a store, under its lights, instead of at home in the light of the room to be painted--unless you're just going with white--is tricky.)    Then I scrubbed off two sections of the wall to be painted (one higher, one lower) and shook up the little jar, and painted two big-enough  messy areas on the wall.  Let it dry. 

And amazingly, that was the right color.  YES!   So today, we have a full gallon of said paint, a new dropcloth (the old dropcloth had worn out), painters' tape, and the rest of the stuff you need to paint a wall.   And tomorrow morning, when it's as cool as it ever gets in summer, so we can open the door for ventilation, i will paint that wall and never have to see the paneling argue with the cabinets again.    Eventually there will be pictures.

[User Picture]From: klwilliams
2011-07-02 04:08 am (UTC)
Good for you! It will be so nice not to have a clashing kitchen.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2011-07-02 10:00 am (UTC)
It's proof of both my age and my nationality that when you wrote your house was built in the 1950s, my first thought was, "Oh, it's modern!"

Glad you are getting the kitchen how you want it at long last.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-07-02 06:19 pm (UTC)
It IS modern. It has all the flat & ungraceful attributes of mid-50s tract housing, though it's not in a development. However, it's been good shelter for us, so I've given up wishing for higher ceilings, rooms with better proportions, etc.

There are pictures now: http://e-moon60.livejournal.com/420218.html
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-07-02 06:17 pm (UTC)
Pictures at eleven...er....here: http://e-moon60.livejournal.com/420218.html
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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2011-07-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
Cool! I'm so glad you finally got what you wanted for the room. The pictures look great.

We're in that odd place where we definitely want the kitchen painted, neither of us can stand the current color. BUT we cannot decide on the new color! I foresee a loooong visit to a paint department somewhere, later this year when it is not 85 degrees at 9:00 a.m. (This has only been going on for 2+ years, you understand.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-07-07 04:24 pm (UTC)
It can take awhile to decide (just don't wait 30+ years, OK?)

In our first house (tiny) we quickly repainted everything: the kitchen pale blue, because it was San Antonio, kitchen on the west side, and the yellow it was made it seem hot even in the mornings. Also, it was one of those screaming yellows. One bedroom was screaming blue and one was screaming purple (both those went white--they were nice sized rooms, really) and the living room a warm cream. We also painted the bathroom the same pale blue as the kitchen. But we had only a short time before moving in, so there was no long decision-making.

That was the house where the living room wall-to-wall carpet (icky beige with telltale splotches) had to come out because a) their dog had peed on it a lot and b) their dog had left it so full of fleas that when we first started painting, the fleas were leaping up and adding texture to the paint. We pulled the carpet out and bug-bombed the house twice (leaving for three days each time) to get rid of them.

We enjoyed that house. Two bedrooms (one was instantly the study--both of us in school) a tiny but functional kitchen, a little living room, a small front yard with a pecan tree, and back yard in which we gardened. Raised a lot of our own vegetables.
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