So…yesterday I was all inspired to do a project. You know, step outside my regular routine. It was all very exciting and energizing.
I’ve long been drooling over all of the pretty colored kitchen islands on Pinterest, and really wanted to try something similar for my kitchen. I don’t have an island, but I do have a big peninsula/breakfast bar that I thought would be fun in a punchy color.
I went back through my Pinterest boards to find some happy inspiration:
Dusty aqua? (And don’t get me started on that pull out fridge drawer!)
As you can see, I was really drawn to aquas and yellows…but it was THIS image that made me decide that a really bright yellow was just the ticket:
Happy, pretty, unexpected and fun.
After finding the perfect hue of sunshine, I started.
Ultra bright. Looked almost neon in Home Depot, but in my kitchen that gets terrible natural light, it was perfect.
I even let Henry help while the girls napped.
And I got that nervous pit in my stomach.
Did I mention that Andy had NO IDEA I was doing this?
He was out of town. I thought I’d suprise him.
Although, after 10 years of being married to me, I have a feeling very little truly surprises him anymore.
Coming home to see that a permanent piece of furniture in your home was painted bright yellow?
It could be worse, right?
Because as soon as the first coat was on, I stepped back…and almost had a HEART ATTACK.
It was AWFUL.
NOT CUTE. Not even a little bit.
He happened to call a few minutes later. Asked what I was doing. I could have lied. But I thought I’d take the high road.
“Um, how about I text you a picture? You’ll see.”
“Jeannett…what did you do?”
“Nothing really. I mean, just call me back after you get the picture.”
(I often think we are a modern day Lucy and Ricky Ricardo…he says my name exactly the way that Ricky used to say “Luuuucyyyy…” without the Puerto Rican accent.)
“Bye. Talk to you in a bit.”
I hung up. And texted him this:
Just looks like this giant yellow blob of random in the middle of my kitchen.
He called back. Laughing.
“Jeannett. What made you think that would look good????”
“IT WAS PINTEREST!!!! IT’S ALL PINTEREST’S FAULT!!! IT’S OF THE DEVIL!!!! THERE ARE LITTLE PINTEREST GNOMES THAT PIN THINGS THAT ONLY LOOK GOOD UNDER VERY SPECIFIC SITUATIONS AND THEY FOOL YOU INTO BELIEVING YOU CAN DO IT TOO AND THEN THEY SIT BACK AND LAUGH HYSTERICALLY WHEN YOU FAIL AT IT! THERE IS A SECRET YOU TUBE CHANNEL FOR VIDEOS OF GULLIBLE MOMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO DRAG THEIR PREGNANT SELVES AND THREE KIDS TO HOME DEPOT FOR PAINT AND THEN ABSOLUTELY RUIN THEIR BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS THAT THEY JUST COULDN’T LEAVE ALONE! IT’S A CONSPIRACY! IT’S THE END OF TIMES! I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE CERTAIN OF ANYTHING IN MY LIFE!!!”
“Um, okay. Whatever. Just know that I’m not helping you paint it back to white. It’s only paint. But it looks awful.”
The photo doesn’t do the hideousness justice. It’s awful you guys. Don’t even lie to me in the comments. It’s ten times worse in real life.
I thought about it some more and made a very important discovery:
There is a reason people don’t pin peninsulas.
All of that happy color? Islands. Stand alone islands. A whole separate piece of furniture that is it’s own color. Like a coffee table for a kitchen. It makes sense if that’s a different color. The backside of cabinets that are white everywhere else? Should stay white. If I teach you nothing else for the rest of my life, let it be this.
Since I was tired by now, I cleaned up my mess and I’ll repaint this weekend. Awesome. Exactly how I wanted to spend my Saturday.
I put all of my stools back.
Cleared the counters.
Hoped I would magically like it.
Nope. Still hideous. Less noticeable, but hideous.
It looks like the check in for the Summer Camp for Clown Training.
“Welcome back Bobo! So glad to see you! Flower Squirting 101 is in the backroom and Pie Tossing is to your left.”
You know, because that helps.
So much for feeling all progressive and brave and risk takeresque.
Wind out of my creative sails?
A little bit.
Today I’ll plant flowers. Can’t mess that up.
Ever made a giant crafty fail?
(For the record, this was probably the worst one so far…typically things come out looking good and how I imagined them…this just happens to be the most noticeable.)