Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kitchen Before & After [Painted Kitchen Cabinets]



IT’S DONE IT’S DONE IT’S FINALLY [almost] DONE!!! : )


I took a Friday off of work and painted the Island in a weekend.  


The rest would be a piece of cake, right?

WRONG.

It wasn’t *hard* work, per se, but it was PAINSTAKINGLY SLOW.
At least for me and my schedule, it was.

In an upcoming post, I’ll outline how I did it.

But for today, I’m just basking in the Before & After.

I am in LOVE.
Check it out:


Before 
[Move-in day, 2007]

 And today:




Cabinet view before:

After:


Last comparison, I promise:
 Before

 After
 

The crazy thing to me, is that it looks like a totally different kitchen.  BUT, I really only changed 3 things!  They were/could be considered biggies, but they really pack a lot of punch. 

Here’s how I made over my kitchen with just 3 changes:
1)      Hardware
2)      Lighting
3)      Paint

Seriously, that’s pretty much it!*
 **we DID get new furniture, but that happened before the "makeover" ever began. 

I think adding hardware made a big difference – even before painting.  The knobs and pulls just added depth and a little texture to otherwise flat cabinets. 

The second step was lighting. 
This summer we added pendant lights over the kitchen sink and the island.  In addition to the ambient lighting we added, we also gained some architectural interest in what had previously been just a big box room.  

Once we added the pendants, I swapped out the wrought iron fixture for a large pendant with a natural burlap drum shade. 

 Here's my "interim" light fixture that we installed just to get rid of the dumb builder light.
See how it kind of fights with the pendants though?

 The burlap provides a counterpart for the pendants in both texture (glass vs. natural fabric) and scale (larger, wider drum shade balances out the smaller pendants).

 
We installed the drum light ourselves, but chose to hire a professional for the pendant light install.  Mr. V. did a great job with the electrical work when he finished the basement, but because we didn’t know what was in the ceiling prior to putting the lights in, we opted to go pro.  We found a super handyman with a really reasonable rate and I’m so happy we hired that one out.

The final phase and arguably the most dramatic change, was paint. 
Painting the cabinets was not a project for the faint of heart, but I’m so happy I stuck with it because I really think it transforms the space.  I love how other colors pop in my kitchen now, and how it brings out the natural grey in our countertops.  


With the wood tone cabinets we were drawn to all things brown, and now with the grey tones paired with the warm white, everything just feels lighter and brighter and I love it.  :)
The “paint” phase also included painting the trim as well as adding the chalkboard wall in the hallway.  Altogether, things come together just how I had hoped!


Painting the cabinets deserves a tutorial post all it’s own, so that’s coming soon.
For now, I’ll just bask in the “after” pictures and wait until my hand quits cramping up. :)




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55 comments:

  1. Your kitchen really does look like a whole new kitchen. Beautiful. I really like the new lights too. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Your "new" kitchen is so beautiful! You did an awesome job on painting the cabinets and I love the lighter brighter look. It definitely takes some time to do this. I did ours and it took like a month. We have a small kitchen! Can't wait to see your tutorial and all the details! :) Visiting from DIY by Design.

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  3. Wonderful job on this beautiful and inspiring kitchen transformation!

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  4. LOVE IT! I wish you were avaible to hire! I love your style and wish I could do the same to my house!

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  5. Your kitchen looks great! I really want to paint our kitchen cabinets white, so I'm always so happy to see someone else who has done it and has had amazing results! Where are your pendants from? They're super cute!

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  6. Oh My goodness!! I love your kitchen. We are contemplating a make-over soon and painting cabinets will be involved. I'm looking forward to your tutorial.

    I'm having a GOOGLE + Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Google +. If you don't have Google + it's ok, come link up your blog or favorite post.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2013/01/google-social-hop.html


    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week beginning in January. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/looking-for-pinners.html

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  7. Your kitchen is dreamy! Found you on POP - I am lovin' it!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  8. Good for you for sticking it out. It looks amazing.

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  9. Wow, what a difference! It looks amazing, I LOVE the drum shade, now I want one! Great job!

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  10. You must be so thrilled everytime you walk into this room - absolutely gorgeous transformation!!!

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  11. Gorgeous!!! I have maple cabinets and I've been dying to paint them since we moved in over 5 years ago. I'm hoping this is the year! I'm featuring your gorgeous painted kitchen in the Power of Paint Party (POPP) Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

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  12. Your kitchen looks beautiful. It's amazing what paint can achieve. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  13. Looks beautiful! Our kitchen is set up in a very similar layout. We already have white cabinets, but I love your light fixtures! We are rocking the builder-grade chandelier right now and I'm itching to change it. Love the drum shade!

    makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

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  14. Gorgeous!! We recently painted our cabinets too...what a difference! Great job! =)

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  15.  Hi, great post. I found you through the blog hop. Please stop  by and say hi when you get a chance.  .Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that started. It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Now following you.  Here's the link for it if you would like to check it out.
    http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-1.html Lenetta

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  16. Awesome! I would love to hang out in a kitchen like that! The white paint makes it feel clean and fresh. :D Great job!

    - Mathew Bergeron -

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  17. You inspired me a lot for your kitchen cabinets. I love it! Specially the design and decoration. If I have a lot of money I will decorate also my kitchen cabinet. So I just want to thank you for sharing this one. By the way are you looking for different designs of Kitchen Cabinets? just Read Full post here.

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  18. Kitchen is part of a room used for cooking and food preparation. Also it is a set of fixtures, cabinets, and appliances that are sold together and installed in such a space or area.
    Kitchens Cornwall

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  19. You said it right that painting cabinets isn't difficult, but oh-so-SLOW! It is definitely an exercise in patience, but well worth it! Yours look FANTASTIC!! I love the transformation, from the colors, to the hardware, to the lighting! Beautifully done! I painted mine a little over a year ago, and they still make me happy. :-) Getting ready to help a friend tackle hers, and I can't wait to see the transformation!

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful project at my January linky party!

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  20. The transformation is definitely eye popping! Beautiful job!

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  21. “It wasn’t *hard* work, per se, but it was PAINSTAKINGLY SLOW.” – I hear you! Last year, I also took a day or two to repaint our cabinets. It’s been sitting kinda lonely for years, with its faded and scraped paint. It was a pain to see my cabinets a little dirty, so I decided to take matters in my own hands. I worked on every angle, and slowly brushed every inch of the cabinets. My muscles were a little worked up, but the results are stunning! And I think you did a pretty good job with yours too!

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  22. Painting kitchen cabinets sure isn't for the faint of heart! Your room looks fantastic! I am in love with the power of paint! Adding new hardware to the cabinets and changing out your light fixtures really packed a punch! I love the burlap shade and recently changed out a lot of my lampshades for burlap. It's amazing what a few huge changes (and sometimes minor changes) can impact a room. Love it! Of course I'm in love with black and white kitchens. Like your gray walls too.

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  23. Beautiful! It is just amazing what paint can do. I'm so glad we painted ours white too, it made the kitchen look brand new!

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  24. Wow great work that room looks great. I got some similar kitchen cabinets edmonton a while ago and tried doing something similar but it didn't turn out nearly as well as yours did.

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  25. BEAUTIFUL!! What brand/color paint did you use for your cabinets?

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    1. It's a custom color from Sherwin Williams, and I ordered it in their ProClassic paint, semi-gloss. If you check out the post I did about painting trim, I posted the code for the color there (sorry I can't link it here - I'm posting this from my phone).

      Thanks!!!

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    2. Sure! You can find a photo of the paint code in this post:
      http://lifeonthevside.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-fresh-look-with-painted-trim.html

      Hope this helps!

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  27. New cabinets usually have easy-open doors and drawers but some, including older cabinets if you're just replacing knobs use mechanical or magnetic catches to keep the door closed. They offer more resistance to opening and require more strength when using a small knob.

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  29. Beautiful! What color did you paint the walls?

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  30. The walls are Windsor Greige by Sherwin Williams.

    Thanks!
    Emily

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  31. love the transformation!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to support habitat. Good luck and hope to see you back next week!

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  32. Your kitchen looks fantastic! I painted my builder grade bathroom vanity cabinets white and added new hardware and was over-the-top happy with the transformation! I'm hoping it will be the same after my golden oak kitchen cabinets get a similar make-over.

    Angela

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  34. I can say, your kitchen makeover was stunning, looks like made by cabinet and kitchen professionals who knows their trade. A thumbs up for you!

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  35. Hi Emily, Awesome job...been trying to find the trim post to check out the color and can't find it - any chance you could post it here?

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  36. The results are beautiful. Nice work!

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  37. Your kitchen is beautiful. Could you tell me what shade the burlap pendant light is? Bleached or Natural? It's hard to tell on the PB website! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! It IS tough to tell from the site, isn't it? I waffled for weeks before finally deciding between the two :). The one in my kitchen is the bleached shade. Happy decorating! :)

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  38. Hi Emily - kitchen looks awsome! Question - I noticed that you also painted the trim around the doors and moulding in room/hall beyond kitchen. Did you end up painting all the trim/moulding in your house? My cabinets are similar to yours and the trim/moulding is the same honey oak color throughout the house. I am afraid if I paint the cabinets, it won't go with the rest of the woodwork in the house and I will have to paint it all.

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    1. Thank you! I *did* do the trim all over (well, almost.. I still have a couple rooms yet to do! :) ), but that was because I just decided I liked the look of the white. But I don't think it's an all or nothing scenario. I have seen plenty of kitchens (even in Home Show houses) where the trim is one thing (think pecan or dark walnut) and the cabinets are white or another color. There's no rule that says you "have" to do it, or that they have to "match."

      I think if you want to paint your cabinets, then you should do that. If you liked the trim or were content with it before the cabinets, you will likely still be cool with it. And remember, if you really want to tie the wood tones into your [future] painted cabs, you can use accessories to get the job done. Maybe use a big wooden bowl on the counter or island to hold fruit.. or use a cutting board propped up against your backsplash to help tie things in. Play around with it, and do what works for You.

      Good Luck!

      Emily

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  39. What color is the wall on your kitchen

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    1. Hi Dani! The paint in the walls is a Valdpar custom color, matched to Sherwin Williams Windsor Greige. I love it! Thanks!

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  40. Your kitchen is amazing! We just purchased a new home and I am getting ready to paint our kitchen cabinets. I LOVE everything about your design. Where did you purchase your pendant lights and the drum shade? Thanks! I love your blog, definitely following!!!

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    1. Hey, Thanks Lexi! You're too sweet. The lights all came from Pottery Barn (typically they have their lighting sale in March-ish/early spring - it's worth it to wait for a sale! :) ). The pendants are the Rustic Glass Pendant (small). The Drum Pendant I haven't seen online for a while, but they are still selling the replacement shades (on sale, even!) which I think you could use to DIY one fairly simply with a light kit from Home Depot (or equivalent).

      Thanks, and good luck with your cabinets!
      Emily

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  41. Hey you kitchen is beautiful! Where did you purchase the hardware for your kitchen cabinets? Thanks :-)

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    1. Thank you! The hardware all came from Home Depot

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  42. Those before and afters are dramatic!

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  43. Kitchen looks great! Loving the countertop, can you share info on them?

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    1. Hi! It is solid surface from Formica, and the color is River Rock Mosaic.

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