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Time to Weigh In

Ok, y’all! Michael Luke has finally finished grouting the tile backsplash. Let me just tell you that it looks great. Even better than I imagined because we didn’t have to pay anybody to install it!  I’ll be back with more posts about all our tiling adventures but until then I need your input on paint colors for the cabinets.

We have wasted countless hours staring at all our paint samples, re-situating them around the room, switching back and forth between favorites, and now we have narrowed it down to two choices.

Sherwin Williams Alpaca and Requisite Grey.
cabinet shotOriginally, when I started pulling finishes together for our kitchen I was picturing a medium grey tone for the cabinets.

My Sunshine Kitchen

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But now that I have had time to think a little lot more about it and see what the kitchen looks like with the counters and backsplash installed I’m honestly  leaning more towards Sherwin Williams Alpaca.

counter shotI like Alpaca because being a lighter color it won’t enclose the kitchen.  It has been truly amazing how much bigger the kitchen looks since we painted it yellow and I just don’t want to lose that visual illusion.

american olean backsplashSo here’s where you come in.  It’s time for you to weigh in and let me know which color you would choose.  I plan to get the paint mixed by the end of the week and hopefully start painting by this weekend!

Have you ever debated and then debated some more a major design decision for your house?  Or are you one of those who goes with their first choice and there is no turning back?

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A Splash of White

Sometimes in the real world of DIY projects and weekend warrior attempts the project doesn’t get wrapped up in thirty minutes or less.  For example, the tiling of our kitchen backsplash that began over a month ago back when we repainted the kitchen.american olean backsplash

But now that it is completed (except for the grout) we couldn’t be happier!  For total wow factor lets go back and look at how our kitchen looked just a few months ago.

KitchenI don’t think our kitchen looked bad to begin with but I definitely think we have made a change for the better.  With the new lighter wall paint and white backsplash it is amazing how much larger the kitchen feels.

For the backsplash we used American Olean white subway tiles.  Basic ceramic subway tiles are some of the least expensive tiles you can buy but look beautiful and timeless once installed.  
american olean backsplashamerican olean backsplashamerican olean backsplashamerican olean backsplashMichael Luke won some major hubby of the year points for tackling this project all on his own working many light nights and several weekends.  He will be the first to tell you that it was completely worth it though.  Especially, since we saved so much money versus having an installer do the job.american olean backsplash

We still lack grouting the tiles but I gave him a break from DIYing for a little while.  Hopefully, later this month we will find some spare time to get the grouting knocked out.  What you see in the pictures is basically what it will look like once finished though because our grout color is grey.
american olean backsplash

american olean backsplash

I love how the white sink and backsplash really compliment the dark gray counters and that the tile extends all the way down to the counters.  Sometimes I have to almost pinch myself because I can’t believe it is my kitchen!
noahNoah doesn’t mind the changes either!

Next up on our kitchen renovation agenda is painting the cabinets, adding light valance to the upper cabinets, and installing under cabinet lighting.  I’ll be back later to let you weigh in on paint color selection for the cabinets.

What kind of DIY project have you or your significant other been up to lately?  Is your to-do list growing like mine?  I can’t help but want to tackle projects with all this beautiful weather God has blessed us with lately.

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Winter Pinterest Challenge… In Progress

If you have been following Color Transformed Family on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you might have noticed that we have been up to something these past few days.

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What is the Pinterest Challenge?

A challenge decreed by Katie (Bower Power) and Sherry (Young House Love) along with two guest bloggers, Megan (The Remodeled Life) and Michelle (Decor and the Dog) to actually follow through with your DIY pins on Pinterest.

We received the notification of the Challenge last Wednesday.  At first I was in the dark about what to do.  Not because I didn’t have plenty of pins that I would love to follow up on but because I wasn’t 100% certain if we were going to be in town this past weekend.

By Friday afternoon I pretty much knew we would be staying home for the most part of the weekend so I started gathering supplies and prepping.

Prepping for what?

Prepping to paint the walls and tile the back splash of our kitchen! That’s a lot for one weekend right?  Especially, when that one weekend really only consists of Saturday since we planned to be out of town on Sunday.  Which leads me to preface the rest of the post with…

we didn’t finish.

We did partially finish though and we do have progress pictures to show.  But before I do I thought I would share where I got my inspiration from.

First, here is a reminder of where we stood with our kitchen prior to this last weekend.


I realize a lot of people like the red.  I’ll admit it’s not terribly bad… it’s just not the color I would have selected plus the paint is scratched up in several places.  After finding several inspiration kitchens on Pinterest I was in love with the idea of yellow kitchen.


I felt that a pale yellow would really open up our small space as well as give the room an inviting feeling.  Yellow was a little scary for me though because before Noah’s room was Noah’s room it was a yellow bedroom.  Ugh.  I just couldn’t stand the color in there but somehow I felt like it would be different in the kitchen.  Thankfully it was.


Besides wanting to paint the walls yellow we also felt like tackling the tile back splash at the same time would be a great idea.  I would paint and ML would install the tile.  We chose a simple and classic white subway tile for our back splash.  I was sold on the idea after seeing several beautiful installation pictures.


We bought all our supplies Friday and were ready to start Saturday morning… sort of.  ML was ready to start but I had a quick jewelry party and brunch to hit up first. It was lots of fun and a great chance to hang out with some girls for a while but definitely set us back in our day.

While I was gone he watched Noah and somehow managed to get the entire back splash area sanded.

kitchen-backsplash kitchen-backsplashIf you live in a typical house with a typical kitchen you wouldn’t need to do this but because somebody somewhere down the line decided to basically apply plaster to our walls we needed to sand them down. Let me just say if you haven’t ever texturized your walls then don’t.  It really makes things a lot easier to leave them smooth.

While I was gone ML not only managed to get the wall area sanded but also to cover the entire first floor of our house in a blanket of dust.


So for the better part of our afternoon we were vacuuming and wiping down all the surfaces before any painting or tiling could begin.  In hindsight it would have been a great idea to have put up a dust partition.  We’ll know next time.

Finally, late Saturday afternoon I managed to start painting the walls while ML read a few Young House Love posts on installing tile. Thanks John!

By the time I took Noah to bed ML was finally able to start installing the tile.  We were both a little surprised that it took this long before officially beginning but life happens.


Two nights into the tile installation things are still moving a little slow for us but we are super excited by how it’s beginning to look.


I am so thankful that I have a patient husband who is willing to keep moving forward with this project and is just excited about the end result as I am.


Yay!  I’ll be back later to share the finished tile installation and more details of how we got it done.

Meanwhile… except for a few inconspicuous places things are wrapping up on the painting.

For the color I chose Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon in Sherwin Williams SuperPaint Paint and Primer in One.  I thought Lemon Chiffon was an appropriate name for the color of a kitchen.


It is a really light yellow.  Like I was hoping, it really makes the kitchen feel larger which is great because its a wee bit on the small side. I’m thankful for my kitchen though.  Because it is a light yellow and not super saturated it doesn’t give off too much energy or leave you feeling restless and angry like some yellows do.  This yellow is calming and rejuvenating… exactly what I wanted.



See how nice it works with our new counters!  Oh, and see all that texture on the walls.  That stuff is not easy to paint over.  You definitely have to come at it from every angle just to get it covered well.

kitchenI tried to stage the kitchen as best as possible around the working progress of the back splash.


If you squint real hard though you can imagine what it will look like with the rest of the back splash installed and the cabinets painted gray.  It’s going to be lovely.  I feel like I have a brand new kitchen.

After we finish up the tile we still have a few things left to do in our kitchen renovation.

Operation Bring Sunshine to the Kitchen

  • new countertops
  • paint upper and lower cabinets
  • under cabinet lighting
  • new refrigerator
  • new above range microwave oven
  • paint walls
  • tile backsplash
  • add cut out to pantry door
  • clean grout in tile floor
  • new hardware for cabinet doors and drawers
  • replace ceiling fan and light

To view our inspiration board click here and for a project breakdown click here.  I’ll be back later to bring us up to speed on where we stand budget wise (hint: it’s looking pretty good).

Have you had any projects that you have tried to complete in a weekend but just didn’t manage to get it done?  Do you have experience installing wall tile?  If so, what advice do you have to keep the spacers in place while the mastic dries?

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