I’m not even kidding with this one.
I am currently in the middle of a kitchen remodel with my refrigerator in the center of the dining room and paint on the floor and repainted kitchen cabinets and a new drywalled ceiling and a beautiful chandelier sitting in the living room waiting to hang out with the kitchen island.
And in the middle of all this hot mess.
I DISCOVERED THE BEST PAINT TIP EVER.
I had heard about it before. Vaguely. I mean, I knew it was possible. It was floating around somewhere in my brain where I keep things I heard about and kind of pay attention to and think one day I’ll try. Mostly things like that stay in my brain—back in the recesses where I keep the metric system and the definition of the word gerund.
But last week, I brought the idea out, dusted it off…
…and TOTALLY ROCKED MY WORLD.
Here’s what the kitchen looked like a couple of weeks ago.
Isn’t she beautiful? 🙂
After this picture was taken, I recycled some upper kitchen cabinets from another part of the remodel and used some other recycled cabinets for the bar area and had them built-in to look super custom for almost-free and added molding around the cabinets and an upper shelving unit built.
Everything was sprayed with SW Extra White (perfect white if you want a classic, neutral white for moldings or cabinets).
That left the kitchen island. The one in the picture above. The one that’s turquoise. Now—don’t get me wrong. I love this color. It’s super pretty. It’s actually close to the color I used for the front cover of my book.
But I was going a different direction with this space.
That same kitchen looks like this.
You can see the recycled upper cabinets.
All framed out with new molding and crown.
Here’s the bar—all built in and ready for molding and marble countertop and bar stools.
You can see the shelving unit on the left-hand side of the picture where the end is built-in to make the cabinets make sense.
I’m going to write a post about all the money we saved reusing and repurposing so many things in the remodel.
But today I’m talking paint.
Which leads me to this island.
I wasn’t sure which direction to go.
I wanted to go gray. SW Mindful Gray to be exact.
But I was worried it was going to be too dark. I wanted the color of SW Mindful Gray, but a little lighter.
ENTER THE MOST BRILLIANT PAINTING TIP EVER.
Did you know you can get any paint color re-made with a portion of its formula?
Not just half.
Not just 50%.
You can go into the paint store and ask them for 30% of the formula or 40% of the formula or 70% of the formula and they will mix it right there for you.
And all of a sudden you are in charge of that paint.
You can mix it the way you want.
Here’s SW Mindful Gray with 50% of the formula and 70% of the formula. The difference is so subtle, but so amazing. When I went into the paint store, I was a little nervous. I’d never asked for anything like this before. But it was SO EASY. I just explained to them what I wanted and they acted like it was no big deal and mixed up samples for me to try.
I almost did cartwheels in the store.
If you want to try this, here are my best tips:
1. Make sure to ask for a % of the formula. For example, 70% of the formula means 70% SW Mindful Gray and 30% white. 30% of the formula would mean 30% SW Mindful Gray and 70% white.
2. I think this only works in a paint store. I asked at the home improvement store to see if they would mix samples with a % of the formula and they told me they couldn’t do it.
3. Get your lightened paint mixed in samples, so you can adjust the dark or light of the color as needed.
4. The formula is written on the sample and you can just take the container back and show it to the paint store when you get larger amounts mixed.
Have you ever tried this before?
Did it work for you?
And if you have any other budget kitchen remodeling tips, I’d love to hear them, too.
My kitchen will thank you. 🙂