Grain Surgery

After finishing the white paint on the cabinets, we decided that the original color we chose “Bunny Gray” was too blue and made our aqua countertops look gross. We got a few more swatches and another test pot of paint and decided on Behr’s “Chocolate Froth.” What a great name, right? It literally looks like the color of foam on the top of your latte and is a great neutral color for the walls for now.

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As for the paneling (and the title of this post), once we removed the boards to flip them over and use the more simple side, Josh’s mom suggested the idea of pickling/white washing the wood because the grain is so pretty. Josh was in to the idea-I was a bit more hesitant (mostly because I was like “Uh, hello? We already decided what we are doing! And whatarewegoingtodotothetrim omgomgomg!” Aka, a psychopath). That is, until we cleaned them and holy moly- the grain is pretty. I definitely came around to the idea after seeing this inspiration picture with painted trim and I am so glad I did because it is going to add the perfect about of texture/warmth to the kitchen.

Wall Without Wallpaper

A reminder of the paneling BEFORE.

And now, what it looks like! (With an extra board un-whitewashed to see the difference.) Ignore the lack of trim-that will happen one day.

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The best part about it? White washing took way less time (Slap on stain, wait three minutes, rub it off vs. primer + dry time + two coats of paint + dry time) AND only cost us $10.77 , plus like $2 for the foam brushes to apply the stain.

Thanks to Mama McP for the idea-you are a design genius. Love, A + J

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3 thoughts on “Grain Surgery

  1. The paneling looks great. So, did you have to sand it down to the bare wood to get the dark stain color off? Or do you just put the whitewash over top?

    1. Thanks!! Actually, by flipping the boards over to the simpler side, they were bare wood already. I just lightly sanded to make the wood smooth and then it soaked the stain right up! 🙂 If we had to use the other side, we would have had to sand them down, which from experience on the cabinets is TORTURE! 🙂

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