Painting the Kitchen

by Josh on April 11, 2011 · 9 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

In my previous post I showed the kitchen before the start of a mini-makeover.  The first step in that low-cost kitchen update got underway when I put up a new paint color.

As I mentioned last time, the paint for this project is being provided by True Value Hardware from their new paint line: EasyCare Platinum Paint & Primer in One.  So I took a drive to an area store to pick up the paint and a few supplies for my project.

I have written before that selecting paint colors isn’t my strong suit, so I made use of a variety of resources to make the right choice for the kitchen.  On True Value’s website I checked out their neat online fandeck where I could browse individual colors or pick from a few preset palettes.  But as the photos below will show (at least on my computer monitor) color online isn’t the same as color in person.  That’s why I still prefer to look at printed color swatch samples that I can hold up to the walls and trim and see in different lighting.  I also got the help of Molly, my color consultant friend, to help me narrow the search.   In the end, Molly, Ms. Bungalow and I all agreed on a great yellow called “Seedling.”

Confession time: I was initially skeptical of the EasyCare Platinum, thinking that an all-in-one product couldn’t possibly work as well as separate paint and primer, or that it wouldn’t really save me any work.  Well, those initial doubts proved completely wrong.  Painting over a saturated red with a much lighter yellow is about as tough a coverage challenge as I can imagine and look at how great the walls look after just one coat of EasyCare Platinum:

With the new paint now up on these walls I am very pleased with the color change and with the paint.  The kitchen is much brighter and more cheerful while still keeping the “warm” feeling that had appealed to us about the red color.  It took just two coats of paint to achieve full coverage of the walls with the roller, though some of the edging needed a third coat touch-up.  The paint’s claim of low VOC formulation seemed accurate as well, because even with the windows closed up the paint smell was very mild.  The flat enamel sheen also looks like it has just the right amount of washability while helping conceal the plentiful imperfections in my old house walls.  True Value doesn’t require me to endorse their products but here it is anyway: EasyCare Platinum performed impressively for me and I would absolutely use it again on a future painting project.

Kitchen Project Cost Tracker

  • Paint: $0  (Thanks, True Value!)
  • Rollers: $7
  • Brushes, tape and other supplies: on hand

Total so far: $7

My next kitchen update should follow soon with the details of some changes I’ve made to lighting and cabinet hardware.  Look for it here in a couple days.

Disclosure: I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been provided with products mentioned in this post at no cost, however, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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Bunny @ 86n' It April 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

It looks great!

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Josh April 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

Thanks! There’s more to come…

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Adam April 12, 2011 at 8:33 am

Definitely a sunny color, the corner looks brighter and more cheerful already! Call me old fashioned, but I’m still a little weary primer & paint combos.

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Josh April 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

Adam, do you think it helps the room look bright/sunny/cheerful that my “after” picture was taken during the day and the “before” picture was taken at night? The trickery was accidental, I assure you.

As for the idea of paint/primer combos, I was right there with you, assuming it was mostly a marketing gimmick. But with a color change this dramatic I definitely would have chosen to prime before painting, and I’m sure it would have taken me more coats/work with separate paint and primer to achieve this result. I can’t judge durability yet, but there was a real savings of time and labor with this product and the finished walls look great.

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threadbndr April 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

That color is great. I like it much better than the red, which I thought clashed a bit with the red tones in the wainscoating. Looking forward to the rest of the makeover.

I’m painting caprail in my bathroom this weekend, but it’s already been primed with a traditional primer. I looked at the paint and primer combo, and wish I’d have read about your experience before I bought my paint. The woodwork in my bungalow is painted in the bath, kitchen and stair up to the second bedroom (converted sleeping porch). I rather like the stained woodwork in your kitchen, but not enough to strip all of mine at this point LOL.

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DIY Mom April 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Found your blog from YoungHouseLove’s link love. They have not steered me wrong yet.
I like the new color too. Good job Molly and Ms B. Until recently I had thought the pricier paint was just paying for the name brand. I’m working up the energy to do my bathroom – just not looking forward to the prep.
Thanks Josh.

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Josh April 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Welcome, DIY Mom. Drop by anytime and good luck with your bathroom!

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