S ended his part of the kitchen light project on Monday afternoon with our kitchen looking like this:
My plan was to paint the ceiling with bright white ceiling paint that our previous owners left in the basement for us. It's a new can of Fresh Air paint from Home Depot, which I've heard good things about, but when I put a little on the ceiling I was just, well, a little too blinded by the white. I had seen ceilings with color around the blog world before, most recently on Young House Love where they painted their nursery ceiling with an aqua color that matched the celery green walls nicely.
With the Youngsters as my inspiration I pulled out a few cans of paint from the stash of grays we used throughout the house, each a few shades lighter than the walls, but in the same paint-chip family. I thought for sure that I was going to gravitate toward the lightest of the shades, but to my surprise I fell hard for Benjamin Moore's White Diamond, which happens to be the color we used on the basement man-room walls, and was the darkest of all the swatches. It's the color on the right in this photo, and while it doesn't look like much here, I swear the one on the right is darker, and that it's only two shades lighter than the walls.
I cut in around the edges of the ceiling with my favorite 2" angle brush and then around each can. It got pretty toasty being up next to the warm bulbs, especially since I was bundled in a sweater and down vest that I just threw my painting shirt over. There's no time to change when we're in project mode.
After the whole room dried overnight we popped the lights back into place and went from this (god awful photo of me painting in my pajamas the week we moved in):