It was decided early on that taking the faux brick paneling out of the kitchen just wasn't an option now. Maybe down the road, but not now. Too much work and time.
So then I decided to paint it, and then I saw the Gossip Girl wall and started contemplating that route (read about it here). Ultimately I decided that even though I loved their wall, it just didn't go with my house. It was too punchy and urban. I wanted cozy cottage kitchen, not modern, swanky kitchen. So we took about 3 different mistint tan paints from Lowe's (does anyone else buy these - $5 for a gallon!), mixed em together, and my momma went to town painting the brick Friday night.