So I am just about done painting the kitchen cabinets (not in this picture – I took these pictures when I had the kitchen all cleaned up to photograph the beadboard backsplash before I took installed the new $4 light fixture and took down all the doors to paint them.) I want to still paint the inside of those cabinets that I leave the doors off of (I do that because when we bought the house as a bank-owned home one of the doors was missing so I just took down the other one to match it). And I want to let the paint cure for at least a week before I install the new hardware. So in the next week or two, I will share the freshly painted cabinets and a whole tutorial on how I did it – it hasn’t been quite the dreaded job that I thought it would be but it has not been fun either. But the after is worth it!
So in the meantime, I have some other finishing touches I need to work on. When we installed the new countertops, I had to remove that portion of chair rail so I need to touch up and reinstall it. IF that is what I decide I want to do….
Right now I have “Wheat Bread by Behr” on the upper half (that is the color throughout the main areas of our home), a chair rail I installed years ago, and then “Belgian Sweet by Behr on the bottom half of the wall.
The back of the bar used to be that brown color too but when I did the backsplash I installed beadboard on that wall and I LOVE it! (Still debating on whether I should install corbels under that bar top area?)
So now you pretty only see the brown wall in that area around the door…
Because there is so little wall space in between the windows that the curtains pretty much cover it all.
So I am thinking about getting rid of the brown on the lower half of the wall. (BTW, that table and chair set is about to undergo a transformation too – imagine a dark walnut stained top on the table and chairs with white legs.)
So here’s the 4 options I have thought with what to do with the walls in this breakfast area.
#1 – Leave it as is. Just touch up paint, reinstall chair rail, and live with it. I don’t HATE it but I don’t just LOVE it either…
#2 – Remove the chair rail and just go with floor to ceiling “Wheat Bread” paint (the color on the top half of the walls)
#3 – Leave the chair rail and just paint “Wheat Bread” below the chair rail too. So the chair rail would add a little interest but not sure how I feel about same tone below and above it.
Here’s an example of this I found from DIY Design Fanatic
#4 – Paint a lighter color still in brown/greige family below the chair rail. I had wanted to just go down one swatch on the paint chip but that color looks like it has a lot of green hint to it.
Here’s what I have right now:
And here’s Wheat Bread with the color below it on the paint chip:
My other option would be to install trim and paint it white – either beadboard or wainscoting of some type below the chair rail. BUT again there is so little space (literally 2-3 inches) between each window and between the window trim and the baseboard that it would be very difficult to do.
So which one would you do?