Today we finished up a mini-makeover in the kitchen that injected a bit of color and opened up the space.

I am kicking myself for not having a true before picture, but here is the pantry during the planning process :

You can see that I’ve already picked out a color in this shot. What you don’t see is how Mike had taken off the bi-fold door that used to cover the pantry. Removing the door did a tremendous job of opening up our tiny kitchen.

With a few coats of color on the walls and inside trim and a fresh coat of white on the shelves, the mini-transformation was complete.


- one coat of Kilz2 Latex Primer
- two coats of Behr Premium Plus, color: Corn Husk Green, finish: semi-gloss
- two coats of Behr Premium Plus, color: color-matched to Gallery White, finish: hi-gloss


Though we don’t prime everything we paint, it seemed especially important to start with a coat of primer because of the grease, grime and odors that can build up in a well-loved kitchen. In addition, there were a couple food stains on the shelves that benefited from the extra stain protection.

Each coat of paint took about three hours, so be prepared for the time required in the pantry. Nearly every surface is an edge that needs to be cut, and many of the angles were awkward to reach.

De-cluttering the top shelf with a few Le Creuset pieces and our stainless steel bowls also helped in keeping an open feel. I re-arranged other parts of the kitchen to make room for the previous top-shelf tenants. We doubly-benefited by pulling out a colorful dot canvas box to hold tea and other hot drinks (now on the top of the refrigerator, and adding a new color element).

What do you think? Are you ready to infuse some color into your kitchen?

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