When we bought our 1920′s bungalow we were happy to see that most of the house, including the kitchen, had been recently updated. The only thing is that, well, not everything is exactly what we would have chosen. The vessel sink in the downstairs bath, the warm tones in the kitchen, and the red walls in the upstairs bath are all on my hit list. And now, nearly four years after moving in, I’m finally tackling the kitchen. Earlier this month I removed the tile backsplash, painted the walls, installed beadboard paneling, trimmed it out, and now this weekend I put on the finishing touches with caulk and paint. This paintable white caulk was $3 at Lowe’s and I used about a tube and a half.
What is the meaning of caulk, you ask? Well, it can disguise a multitude of sins. I squeezed some onto this hot mess of three pieces fit together.
Then smooshed it into the cracks with my finger before wiping the excess away with a damp rag.
And for the to-be-expected cracks along the edges of trim it just gives a more finished look. The area on the right in the photo below has been caulked and the area to the left has not. I also used it to fill nail holes. Though in retrospect I think wood filler would actually have been better for that purpose.
Here you can see the evolution of one section of wall from start to caulked, primed, and painted.
I decided to use primer even though both the beadboard and the trim came pre-primed just to ensure that the paint would go on evenly. It was quick and easy–I spent only an hour or two painting. For the paint I just used the same off-the-shelf white no-VOC semigloss that we used in the laundry room. If I’d used a color other than white I probably would have had to use a brush to be sure that the paint got smooshed down into the grooves, but since it was white on white on white I only used a brush for the trim and edges and a roller for everything else.
We still have a lot of work to do in terms of making this space functional for our family. The counters look so cluttered to me right now but I’ve got a plan!
New curtains are also on the horizon.
Next project: wood shelves on either side of the stove.
It’s so much brighter with the new wall color and backsplash. I love it.
I feel like the pink undertones in the counter and floor are so much better with the neutral walls and backsplash than when everything (save the cabinets and appliances) was pinkish beige. Moderation is key! I could not be more pleased with the way this turned out. Now I can’t wait to get those shelves up for some lovely contrast and much-needed storage. We’ve got a packed social schedule next weekend so I may not get to it–fingers crossed I can make time for DIY!