Kitchen Progress and a "Help Me Decorate My Kitchen" Poll

I thought I’d get the painting done in one day.  I can usually knock out painting a room in 1/2 a day.  WRONG!  There is so much more cutting in and edging in our kitchen than a standard room.  I am sore. But I’m also happy!  One coat down.  One to go. 

I had the pleasure of trying True Value‘s Easy Care Platinum – Paint and Primer in One.  
The True Value in Slippery Rock, PA has awesome customer service!
I was skeptical.  I love my high priced paint and with redoing the kitchen, I was prepared to buy my favorite brand.  It’s a kitchen – one important room where paint quality really matters. Mr. DIY’s domain (“D” stands for disastrous. BEST FOOD/BEST Messes.)  But I figured I’d give it a try.  It’s just paint and if I didn’t like it, I’d tell you and re-paint.  However, I’m going to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised!  For an affordable $27.99 a gallon – this paint is amazing!

Old color:  Benjamin Moore “Palisades Park” eggshell finish (a pretty sage/pine color) but with the remodel, I wanted a completely new fresh look.  

New color:  Easy Care “Old Fashioned” satin finish (a light blue/gray that depending on the light, looks light blue-green or light blue-gray).  I LOVE the new color.  It looks beautiful with our newly painted cabinets, new Jet Mist granite and marble backsplash. It’s exactly what I wanted. It looked ‘white’ going on but dries darker to a beautiful shade of blue/gray. 

Coverage? These pictures are just the one coat. I could get away with one coat and call it “done”. Except there are a few spots where I must have been stretching the paint thin and the green shows through brush strokes so I will do a second coat just for the sake of doing 2 coats/knowing it’s 100% perfect.  Second coat goes faster than the first anyway, right?!

Isn’t it pretty?  It’s perfect for showing off some reclaimed barnwood going in the room and our new distressed medium-tone bamboo floors (coming in June). 

AFTER (Yes…small pantry closet is gone! So is the vinyl flooring!)
You can see the “Old Fashioned” wall color in the back ground of the pictures below.  So, now I’m choosing the overall feel and accent colors. I have a farmhouse style.  We’ve made up my mind but I’m curious to see what you think of the choices I created to choose from.  Please vote below for your favorite! (Click here if you’re reading in your reader or email if you’re interested in voting.)  I might be persuaded to change my mind.  I’m indecisive like that.   

Option 1 – Light Aqua/Blue & Green

Option 2 – Light Aqua/Red

Option 3 – BOTH!  Combine it all!
Option 4 – Neither. 
Something completely different. 
Which would you choose?  
Have you tried the Easy Care brand paint?  
What do you think? 

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