This kitchen saga might be getting boring to some of y'all but because its in the center of my house and my life-any small improvement is like a small victory!
Lets talk paint first -after I agonized over several greyish paint swatches
we ended up going with "ashes" by Behr (the one over the plug outlet)
I'm really in love with it:) I did have trouble taking a picture that captured the true color but this one is almost right
we (and by we I mean my sweet husband and his brother) used a sander with a grinding pad on it (I'm sorry I have no idea of the technical terms here)
I actually didn't know about the plan to seal the bricks but am very pleased with the results-smart guy I'm married to
We should be moving right along now-we purchased beaded board for the back-splash and should be started on the floors soon! So get ready for some more play by play on the kitchen and thanks for bearing with me...