Painting for Preservation

Posted on: June 2nd, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 3 Comments


I have some time off at the end of the month, so before I fly off on a long weekend for Independence Day, I've decided to paint my kitchen. It's needed it for a long time - since I moved into the apartment, really - but got burned out on painting in the beginning. When you move into an apartment where the entryway and living room are the color of dried French's mustard, clearly all the energy goes into painting that, rather than sprucing up the boring white kitchen.

But the time has come; three years of cooking, combined with a couple of less-than-neat attempts (ultimately successful) to hang Ikea wall racks have left the walls looking less than lovely. Now that the procrastination part of the project is nearly done, it's time to tackle the big question: what color to use? Given that my place isn't huge, whatever I choose for the kitchen has to coordinate nicely with the rest of the apartment.

It turns out, though, that figuring this out is not going to be quite as difficult as I expected. Back when I painted the living room and bedroom, I decided to be a good National Trust for Historic Preservation staffer and buy Valspar paint, which has a line of paint colors based on our historic sites and hotels. (A portion of the proceeds of the paint helps to support our work, too, which made it a particularly appealing choice for me.) Now, Valspar has introduced a tool that allows me to virtually paint a room on their website.

Warning: this can be a little addictive.

I've tried my Lyndhurst Timber entryway wall, which abuts the kitchen, with a bunch of different colors. I really want Oatlands Daisy to work, since sunshiney yellow just says "kitchen" to me, but I don't know... What do you think?

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.


3 Responses

  1. Megan B.

    June 2, 2009

    I think it looks lovely!

  2. Charlotte

    June 2, 2009

    I vote for the Oatlands Daisy – since you’re asking : )

  3. Crista

    June 2, 2009

    Wow. I love that you can share your color selections with a simple link.

    I think the colors that you chose work well together. Happy painting!