One way to experience intimacy with your kitchen is to patch holes, prime and paint. It's the only time your head is literally up in the corner of the walls and ceiling and skimming the floor while you do the painting cut-in work down at the baseboards. There's no getting around the familiarity after discovering the waves and warps of drywall, hairline cracks at the ceiling line and a little too much gap between the baseboard and wallboard. You discover these endearing qualities of your kitchen after spending long hours together. Once you know its strengths and weaknesses, you know you'll be able to bring out the best in your kitchen.
Whether it's cutting the grass or painting walls, sometimes you just have to test the system. I wanted to see if the end result would be any different if I did the tedious cut-in work after I painted the walls. This, of course, is contrary to all painting tutorials written by the experts. I don't know why I thought I could beat the system. It would have been better to do the cut-in work first.
The kitchen walls had been gray since Princess Diana's tragic accident. I remember being on the stepladder when I saw the news.
Now I'm ready for some bright modern white and some colorful art.
This is the final paint job but there's still much more work to do on upholstering chairs, hanging art, changing the light fixture and getting some drapes next to that stark greenhouse sliding door.