The Kitchen Diaries Part 1 – Choosing a Paint Color

I’m going to show you something I’ve never shown you before…ever…my kitchen. This expansive space is the home of Christmas cookie parties, brownie batter spoon licking contests, comfort food meal preparation and Saturday mornings spent at the conversation bar. It’s being prepped for a little makeover.


I know right? Not even close. I feel sort of selfish for wanting something else when this kitchen is actually really nice. I tried to look around online for maple cabinet/black granite countertops inspiration but the truth is there’s not much out there. It’s the dreamy white cabinets that are all the rage, blog posts that chronicle how to paint your maple cabinets the perfect shade of white and how to “deal with” black granite countertops.


I could give you a laundry list of things I could change to make this kitchen my “dream kitchen”. I could paint the walls, paint the cabinets, add white subway tile backsplash, change the hardware, add salvaged elements, buy new pendent lights, add textured rugs or reorganize the layout. Some of those things are actually going to happen but this is real life, does anyone else hear the sound of a cash register’s bell ringing?


I’ve challenged myself to accept that in using my current resources both financial and creative it will ignite a spark of inspiration. A spark that will allow my decorating style to be combined with another’s love of wood grain, black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances without feeling like a major compromise.


After living with this beautiful color called Green Tea, which suited my needs in a coastal cottage for the past five years, I’ve finally taken the plunge and began painting the kitchen.


It was a hard decision to narrow down. I left it like this for WEEKS and lived in polka dot paradise.


I was so worried I would make a mistake, I couldn’t chose a paint color. Finally, I woke up and realized it’s only paint. It came down to two shades.


Valspar’s Quail Egg or Cream in my Coffee…


Many blessings,



  1. Liz Bonin says

    I can’t wait to see it painted! I think once that’s done you will look at the cabinetry differently. I don’t know which color you finally chose, but the paint name usually has some influence on my choice. My kitchen is painted in “French Pastry!”

    • CoCo says

      French pastry sounds totally up my alley Liz! It’s so weird but painting the kitchen has made a huge difference in how I see the cabinets and everything. You were totally right! Thanks so much friend!

  2. says

    Coco! Your kitchen has so much potential! I am so excited to see what you do! The paint is going to make a huge difference in the feel of the room. My 2nd house had white cabinets, 3rd had maple, and now I have antique white with a dark glaze. I have loved all three of them. You can totally rock maple cabinets with the right touches. I love the color scheme of your feed pictures. I think with the neutral paint, maple cabinets, and black granite you could pull those colors in using accessories in those colors and really make things pop. I can’t wait to see what you do.

    • CoCo says

      Kelly, I know you know how I feel! I can’t even imagine going through the renovation process like you have. I’m so excited to see your final result. I loved everything you picked out!