Is black the new neutral?
I think so. Or at least for my kitchen hutch it is. Remember the hutch, the one that we retro-fitted into our kitchen space. Well, I originally painted the back of it a gray color. I had it on hand and I didn't want to fuss around with anything else. At the time I knew that I didn't love it but I was willing to live with it for a while.
Time's up folks. I am officially over that color and now onto the new one - black!
If you are like me, you check Emily Clark's blog everyday. Coincidentally, EC actually featured our kitchen hutch on her blog a few months back (thanks Emily). Well, she also has been featuring a blog series - working with what you have. I like to check up on that, because I think that it is so resourceful using what you have instead of buying something. She recently posted about working with dark cabinets and how to jazz them up. You can view it here! She painted the back of them black, to add interest and contrast to her white dishes. Rad, right?
I. Was. Inspired.
So, everything came out of the hutch, I grabbed my black rustoleum, Martha Stewart chalkboard paint, brush and got to work (I also put the baby to bed, gave boy #2 & #3 coloring books and sent boy #1 off with the Ipad)
The journey begins:
I painted the entire background with the black rustoleum paint. In the bottom right corner, I painted that box with 1 part rustoleum & 1 part chalkboard paint. I thought that it would be fun to have a section where I can write little notes. I crossed my fingers that it would work. Luckily, it worked perfectly!
This project only took me a day, no cost (woot, woot) and a little reorganizing. I decided that I wanted a black and white theme, so I took most of the color out and stuck with china, cut crystal and silver (which I desperately have to shine up, suggestions on cleaner???) I dig it! It ties in the other black in the house and adds to my overall DESIGN OVERHAUL! Who knew that the black would transform the space and the way that you view the pieces. They really pop now. Changes are coming, in the form of pillows, paint and pictures!
What projects did you do over Spring Break? We would love to hear about them!
Oh. Gotta go ... it looks like Million Dollar Decorators is calling and they need fresh ideas. I'm so West Coast!
Note from Mrs. Williams: Oh, I'll call you...so that I can come over and check out that sweet hutch. The black background totally works!
Note from Mrs. Kelly: Dude, what's your Waterford pattern? Dig the black. What magical spell did you cast to get your children to participate? Also, love your chalk message.