I Present the Kitchen!

Hey, remember how over a month ago I bought a house and promised pictures of the renovations? Yeah, well it turns out that renovating takes a lot out of a person. I’m sorry I haven’t posted more frequently, but lucky for you (yes, YOU) I took pictures!

Here I present the kitchen, as it appeared when I signed on the dotted line. (It wasn’t actually dotted. I think those went the way of dot-matrix printers and two spaces after a period. (Yes, I had to get that in there.)) The color wasn’t bad, but seeing how this was my first ever full-sized kitchen, the green had to go.

As most of my wardrobe proves, I adore teal, aqua, and any shade in between. When choosing colors the BF and I had no problem in the rest of the house, but the kitchen eluded me. While perusing paint chips for the 50th time in two weeks I plucked a color that I LOVE.

“But I can’t do that.”

My lovely BF decided that was silly and if I want an obnoxious color, I should paint it an obnoxious color. So I present to you…

Obnoxious Teal!

OMG, it makes me so happy.

I’m not a hesitant painter so the minute I popped open the can, the paint was on the walls. And the giggling began. It is SO bright! As the afternoon wore on and the color kept getting brighter and brighter I worried that the kitchen might be the first room that would need to be re-repainted, but a month later and I still love it.

What say you?

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. kevin

    one seriously funny thing about the fact you painted you kitchen blue… I watch HGTV DesignStar (sorry, but i love me some reality tv) and one of my favorite designers got booted because he painted a kitchen blue (and a couple other issues, but I digress). That being said, I loved his kitchen, and yours looks even better. The brightness is awesome!!! and the colors you can compliment with it are going to be insane as well! Go COLOR!

  2. Carole

    See, this doesn’t look teal to me. To my eye, teal is halfway between this color and forest green. Your walls and the paint in the can are nearly identical to the turquoise necklace I picked up in Utah. Absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t have thought of it for a kitchen, but I love how the white makes the color look true. It’s not softened by this or coordinated with that, it’s just brilliant turquoise (to my eye). I could see being instantly cheered by this kitchen when I shuffled in for coffee in the a.m.

  3. I think it’s adorable! And I would have had to get rid of that old green, too. I love green, but that shade is not my favorite.

    This, though, against the white, looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I absolutely hate it…and LOVE IT! Brilliant. Just goes to show how vital it is to listen to one’s own inner self — I think it’s especially effective with the white cabinets, and yes, I like the idea of a lot of black & white.

    I remember once I painted my study this deep black-green color. I called my mother while it was going on and said, “Oh God, I think it’s too dark,” and she said, “Stop, stop.” I said, “NO! and I slammed down the phone.”

    Best damn color choice I ever made.

    • Yeah, it’s sometimes hard choosing a color and that’s why so many people stick with white walls, but that’s too boring!

      I’m glad you ended up liking yours. Dark green sounds very cozy.

  5. Elizabeth Tessing

    Love this color. It is exactly what i have been looking for. Can I ask who makes it and what is the color name or number?

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