I did it! Patience and deliberation are not strengths of mine. Give a 20% off coupon from Ace and two hours of napping husband and toddler and it's ON.
The color is Copper Patina by Benjamin Moore, and it makes me drool. It's named perfectly--the color of a weathered penny. Statue of Liberty Green, as I like to think of it. We also considered Bird's Egg (too blue) and Antiguan Sky (too green and too muted), but this was the perfect middle ground. It complements the red tones in the cabinets and the lighter flecks in the granite, and breaks up all the brown brown brown, but still reads green enough to play nice with the rest of the house.
As for the color itself, every time I look at it I see something different. It's cheeky and feminine like vintage lingerie. Retro and sleek like an old Thunderbird. Classy and luxe like the arorementioned Tiffany box. Fresh and optimistic like the ocean. I fully believe that you could have found this very color in this very kitchen 60 years ago, and yet it feels completely modern and purposeful. I am in love.
I made the cafe curtains out of white linen blend (tutorial forthcoming) to give a little privacy while still allowing light. I'll be adding some clip rings to make it easier to pull them aside and let the sunshine in! I think the red we had from our old kitchen is actually a really beautiful companion to the turqouise, but the apple green is hard to justify. I'll be looking for some ways to retool the accessory situation in the kitchen and dining room without spending a lot of money or wasting things. But I have to say, it may be the most flattering color our house has tried on to date!