Flowers, Be Gone!

This past weekend we were in Little Rock to spend time with my family for Memorial Day (we always watch the Indy 500 together over Memorial weekend. Don’t make fun! It’s awesome and you know it.)

While we were there my mom and I decided to tackle her floralicious kitchen. They moved into the house a little over a year ago and bless her heart, she’s lived with the kitchen the whole time. She has a fairly large kitchen, and the entire thing was wallpapered with a cream wallpaper with multi-colored flowers. They have lots of upgrades planned for this kitchen, and painting was the first step.

It’s a cute enough pattern and a nice Waverly wallpaper, but in this big of a room it was just way too busy! The cream background looked kind of dingy and the pattern made it almost impossible to decorate. It was already so busy that nothing coordinated or stood out on the walls.

A bit much, eh? Well now it’s a bright, cheery purple. 

For months I tried to convince my mom to peel the wallpaper before painting. We have wallpaper in our house that has been painted over and we have no idea how we’re going to deal with it. There are several spots where the paint and paper have bubbled, the seam is totally obvious, or large sections of the painted paper have peeled, leaving even more uneven edges. Eventually she tested a small piece behind her fridge and it didn’t go well. That stuff was definitely done professionally. Every single inch of it was covered with glue and stuck permanently to that wall. So painting over the paper it was.

My mom decided she wanted it purple, just like her kitchen in their previous house. There’s a major shortage of purple paintchips at Home Depot, so we picked our color at Benjamin Moore and had it color matched to a Behr paint. Painting the wallpaper actually went really well. Since the wallpaper was done so professionally and the glue was spread on all the paper, there was no bubbling when it got wet. None of the seams showed and with a few coats of primer and paint the flowers disappeared.

Once the other upgrades are made, it’s going to look like a whole new kitchen. And now that she doesn’t have those distracting flowers, she can get a big statement piece of art for this wall.

They’re also planning to get new countertops and a tile backsplash, replace the fluorescent light with some pendants and can lights, and paint the cabinets. They’re going to do two-tone cabinets with light grey on the uppers and a darker grey on the bottom.

Even without all the other updates, the paint made such a huge difference. The kitchen feels so much larger and more relaxing. The floral wallpaper almost gave you a headache, but now the walls don’t have to be the focal point of the kitchen. What a good reminder never to underestimate the power of paint. 🙂


2 Responses to Flowers, Be Gone!

  1. ashleigh dean June 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    When I saw the first “after” picture my mouth literally dropped open – it is so beautiful! And a HUGE improvement from the floral wallpaper. I really like that shade of purple. Great job!!

    • Simple House Expressions June 19, 2012 at 12:19 am #

      Aw, thanks! It is such a huge improvement! Even though my mom’s not dead set on the color, she loves not having to look at dingy flowers all day!