We made some great progress on the Avocado House kitchen this weekend!
Full disclosure: it wasn’t without tears (mine).
First, though, some before and after shots (apologies for some lower-quality cellphone pictures):
The kitchen is far from finished, but it’s nearly ready for the cabinets and countertops to be delivered. We still need to finish a few patches on the wood paneling and paint the built-in shelves.
So, what we did this weekend: first, painting. We prepped for painting, opened the paint can, got it up on the wall, and Anna instantly hated it. For me it wasn’t that awful but it wasn’t what I expected either. The color was called “pale avocado”, but it was a lot more mustardy than we expected.
After some discussion and a few tears of frustration we went down to OSH and got some new colors to try, finally settling on “folk art,” which is the green you see on the walls. The photos make it look much brighter than it actually is – it’s more of a calm, pale green, not quite as neon as the photos would suggest.
This is the statement color in the house – we have gray/neutrals planned for the rest of the rooms. Actually this color is Anna’s one concession to my love of bright colors.
We had some help painting the walls (my parents sneakily did it while we were out), which was so nice – and probably the reason we were able to make as much progress as we did this weekend.
Once the painting was done, we starting putting in the floor. We had originally chosen a nice Pergo color, but when we went to order it, it was discontinued. So we settled for this vinyl plank flooring from Home Decorator’s Collection in Antique Brushed Oak. It’s darker than we would have really liked, but it’s what Home Depot had, and it looks good in the end.
We were lucky that width-wise, the planks fit just perfectly, which saved us a lot of time cutting them. There are a few small gaps up against the walls, but the baseboards should hide those just fine. I think in the end it was a blessing in disguise that the Pergo color was discontinued, because it was much easier to DIY the vinyl flooring (flexible, easy to cut) than it would have been with the Pergo.
The kitchen is finally starting to look the way we have been imagining it and it’s very exciting!