Red Kitchen Update

July 6th, 2009

WooHoo!  My kitchen is RED – a beautiful dark shade of red by Ralph Lauren called Hunting Coat Red.  The professional painters will paint the white trim when they come to do the rest of the interior next week, but here’s a photo so you can get an idea.


Do you see that my kitchen is mostly windows and doors and cabinets?  Tons of edges and cutting in.  My incredible friend Darla offered to come help me and honestly she did 3/4 of the painting.  On Monday we did the prep and put up a coat of tinted primer (pepto pink).  I had to go to work on Tuesday so on Wednesday we got the first two coats of red up by working till 9:30 pm.  On Thursday the 4th coat of red was finally finished around 6:oo pm and actually some of the edges required 5 coats.  Friday morning I just did some touch up on a few spots and got all the pastic down and put the frig and stove back.  *Phew* what a week!  We finished just in time to have some friends over for burgers Friday night.

I am so blessed and thankful for a friend willing to give so much time and hard work.  And it was HARD work!  I’m so excited with the results!  I’m now on the hunt for the perfect reproduction vintage fabric for curtains.  I want that 40’s farm house look since this really is a 40’s farm house.  I’ve ordered a few swatches from an on-line source, but of course I have something pretty specific in mind based on vintage linens I’ve seen in antique stores.  I’d love to find something with a bark cloth texture and a fruit and flower print that incorporates the red, yellow and blue.  We’ll see what I can find.  If anyone has any tips on fabric sources, please let me know!

July is Home Improvement Month here at the Sibleys.  Tomorrow night Curt has some friends coming over to help him rip up the carpet in the dining room/office to reveal the hardwood underneath.  Our plan is to just clean it up (if it isn’t too damaged) and then put a large rug down.  Thursday the draperies are being taken down to be cleaned and will be re-installed in about 2 weeks after the painting and carpet are complete.

 Of course in the midst of this, on Friday night I have my New Catty Kick Off Night.  So if you are coming, please excuse the state of the house.  We’re a work in progress!  😉  I need to get some stamping done today.  Thanks for stopping by and thanks for hanging in with me through a stamping dry zone! 


12 Responses to “Red Kitchen Update”

  1. joyofstamping Says:

    Jami, this turned out GORGEOUS! I love it!

  2. Barbara in Bellflower Says:


    Barbara in Bellflower

  3. sharon maranich Says:

    It looks great, Jami! Congrats on getting it done in a week!!

  4. Barbara Says:

    I love your RED kitchen! Your red paint would go well with my strawberry collection!

  5. Bonnie aka raduse Says:

    Looks great Jami!!! That red is perfect for cooking and stamping!

  6. Tandra Boyer Says:

    Jami thanks for sharing! I think it looks PERFECT! That red is fab!!
    LOVE it with all the white cabinets!
    Try for some vintage-look fabrics! Ive shopped with them and they are great!

  7. Tandra Boyer Says:

    Here is the right one! 😉

  8. Glenda Erlewine Says:

    Hi I have been “scared” to paint my kitchen red… but now I am ready to go buy the paint. I want to put a warm gold and a greyish blue with it for my other colors. I collect chickens, so have the curtains already to go with it. Thanks for showing me that I too can do this. (does your friend want to come over and help me too???)
    Love it!!!

  9. Jana Quiocho Says:

    Looks great !
    I have been a huge fan of that SAME red for nearly 3 years…it’s in my kitchen nook!!

    I was so excited to see another person had taken the red plunge-and then to have it be the SAME red….and I just subscribed to your blog last week….how fitting.
    I can’t wait to take a current picture to send you!

    I searched high and low for my window fabric…and started with that for my colors. Ours is a Waverly…floral valance and I have a coordinating stripe (called saltwater taffy or something taffy-which isn’t a good name for it..).That stripe is still rolled up but wishes to be Roman Shades.And the valance isn’t made yet-it’s strung along the rods -with all the effort it took to use elastic bands I could have made the valance already-twice.
    I have a fear of cutting large, expensive rolls of fabric and ruining it.
    I have taken the first step in beginning to overcome the “cutting into things anxiety” by using my dsp more often. 🙂

    HOpefully, I will persevere and finish my kitchen by the 3 year mark! Maybe I’ll set the goal to do mine soon-while you do yours~

    Reds are so very tough to get coordinated. I wish you well in your search!

  10. savorthejourney Says:

    I knew that it would turn out to be outstanding! DD’s dining room & den have a solid “brickish” red wall that I truly admired ***after*** she painted it!
    ***shhhhh!!*** I’m tickled that you love it!


  11. Sharon Harnist Says:

    Looks great, Jami — I love all your white furniture and trim accents!

  12. katrinka Says:

    Jami, what kind of sunlight do you get in this room? I love this color and it was recommended for a northern upstairs room of our house. Only one window … North. ?? what do you think?

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