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Jan 28, 2012

Kitchen: Phase 1 and Photo Tips


I decided to paint the kitchen walls with Sherwin Williams in Sea Salt.  I love it!  It's light with just a whisper of color, and my blue and white plates pop against this color.


I still want to paint the cabinets white, but I'll wait until it warms up so I can sand the doors outside.

The next two photos were taken before the walls were painted.






Susan at Between Naps on the Porch has an excellent post about photo tips that have changed my life.  I'm not kidding.  I have struggled with taking indoor photos; they always turn out so dark no matter how much I play with the settings.  Susan at BNOTP has some must read, easy to understand photo tips. 


Are you wondering how you're going to edit your photos once Picnik goes away?  I've been a little concerned, but I figured the big girls (the experienced bloggers) would tell us what our options are; and that's exactly what's happening.  The following links are some of the blogs I've stumbled across that have written about our photo editing options once Picnik goes away.


Between Naps on the Porch
Centsational Girl 
Southern Hospitality

23 comments:

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Love your new walls. You are a smart girl to take your kitchen reno. in phases. So much easier to handle. I'm going to Susan's right now to check out the photo tips. I need all the help I can get. I downloaded the latest version of Picasa. I think it's 3.9. They have added some of the features from Picnik and it's really easy to use. I have also used Pixlr to add titles. I'm still hoping Google changes it's mind and keeps Picnik.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The walls look wonderful. Beautiful job. Hugs, Marty

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the new color is so ft and pretty, katie! i really like it!!!

Twice Nice said...

Sea Salt is one of my favorite SW colors! It really brightens your kitchen space up. Nice job!

andrea said...

Katie...I haven't checked these sites out yet, but I've been told "Be Funky" and "My coffee shop blog" both have free editing software...check it out. I'll be looking at it this week, too! andrea@townandprairie

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Pretty! Love the plates on the wall! I use Photoscape to edit my pics and I love it! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Chrissie said...

Looks great. I love the new color!

Kelly said...

I love your new color in the kitchen. I believe one other blogger (Sweet Chaos) used that same color in her home too. I am going to miss picnik too. That's what I use and hate to relearn something else. I will use it until I can't any more!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Love the new walls! I just went over to the link you suggested and read her tips! They were really helpful! Thanks for the link!

blessings,
karianne

Debbie refreshrestyle said...

Love the new colors! I'm with you on letting the big blogs guide us :)
Debbie

Kacey said...

Such a pretty color, Katie!

Shabby Marilyn said...

Color looks good, I need to do my kitchen, I really need a kick in the butt! Thanks for the lead on photo tips, heading over there, boy do I need them!

❀ JoAnne said...

Love the new color and your plates look so pretty. I love decorating with plates. Your little cabinet in the corner is super cute too!

RHome410 said...

A brighter, cheerier color that really makes a difference!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Katie! Your new color looks great! Isn't it amazing what a difference a little paint can make?

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Love the new color. Isn't that post about photo tips invaluable at BNOTP?!? Thanks so much for linking up!! Karah

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I love SW Sea Salt, I have a quart of it now! It really brightens up your kitchen. And yes, I'm worried about picnik, but I'm hoping something better will come along before then. :)

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Love the new color too!!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Fab new color!! Thanks for linking to our challenge!
Kelly

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Loving that color. Really freshens things up. And you do want to wait till it's warmer to paint the cabinets ... especially if you use and oil-based or enamel paint. The fumes are not only strong, but should be near the pilot lights!

Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

The new color on the walls makes such a nice difference. Your plates look really pretty against it.

Jenny said...

I love the wall color (just painted my bathroom in Sea Salt), and i look forward to seeing this space evolve when you paint the cabinets! Thanks for linking up to my first Room Evolution party - I can't wait to see more!

Jessica said...

Hi Katie!

I just painted my cabinets white and painted my kitchen with Sea Salt as well. I love the color so much our entire house will be painted with it. Come on over for a visit anytime!

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