A kitchen about face

You've probably noticed that I've been a bit quiet with updates to the progress in the kitchen and I thought I'd show you why there's been a bit of radio silence.

The cabinets were installed over the past week and overall we are thrilled with the storage they are going to provide. But when I looked around I realized that something was amiss. All this time I thought I wanted an all-white kitchen. I thought it would be bright and fresh and clean and wonderful. But when it was all in I realized what it was really going to be was boring and sterile.

We lived with it like that for a few days but by Saturday I knew we were not going to be happy with the kitchen the way it was. So I took a drastic step. I started painting our brand new kitchen cabinets.

And I wanted to go as far from white as I could without making the kitchen heavy with a dark color. Light and bright is what was called for.

The winner?

Benjamin Moore's Wishing Well, a luminous lavender.

Benjamin Moore Wishing Well.
 I only have the wall by the refrigerator finished and it still needs a second coat, but I have to tell you, I'm thrilled with how it is looking. I know it will be a lot of work to repaint everything, but it just feels right.

I think we'll probably leave the ceiling white, but we're thinking about possibly changing it to a very light aqua with just a hint of color. What do you think?


  1. we painted our kitchen ceiling in a light, light aqua- the walls are the same color- it has a bit of yellow but not enough to change blue to green- very light- and it looks beautiful!

  2. so fresh! and so ready for April ;)

  3. Erin, that is so beautiful, good choice and very brave to paint new cabinets!

  4. I absolutely love this!!! I've never seen a lavender kitchen before and the effect is spectacular!

  5. I'm going to be really embarrassed if I'm wrong but... are you April Fooling everyone? This just doesn't seem like your style!

    (As a fellow Wisconsin girl, love the blog :)

  6. This looks like a Photoshop remodel........April Fools?

  7. OK, the gig's up. I'm just pulling your leg. I can't resist a little April's foolery. Lavender might work for some kitchens, but not mine! Happy April Fool's Day!

  8. Haha! You had me for a second and I was kind of dying!

    1. You of all people should know I wouldn't stray from my white kitchen, Steph. After all that stalking I do on White Wednesdays you know I'd never have it another way!

  9. Too late, I think you've started something.

  10. I think the Aqua may actually be nice with the lavender color but as long as it is very light, I could see that.

    Ali of


  11. whew! I was worried for a few days! Let's hear it for white!!!!

  12. Soo funny..... you got me. Thought that was very brave. I have a black & white kitchen... but thinking of painting the black cabinet to a different color along with the dining table set. I was nosing around Houzz came across your house exterior shots and then ended up here.

    It snowed... snowed in April... so putting up here in Southern New Brunswick Canada...snowed on my crocus and daffodils.

    Thanks for the laugh on a snowy April day. :-)


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