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BEFORE AND AFTERS:

5/31/11

THE KITCHEN CABINETS....

SO, I HAVE BEEN CONTEMPLATING PAINTING THE BOTTOM HALF OF MY CABINETS DARK GRAY. I LOVE AN ALL WHITE KITCHEN BUT... HAVING A THREE YEAR OLD, THE BOTTOM OF MY CABINETS ARE ALWAYS DIRTY AND I AM HAVING TO SCRUB THEM ALL THE TIME TO KEEP THEM CLEAN AND BRIGHT WHITE. 

BUT I AM HESITANT BECAUSE, 1. MY KITCHEN IS SMALL AND AT MOST PART OF THE DAY IS DARK. AND 2. I CANNOT CHANGE THE COUNTER TOP, SO I WOULD HAVE A WHITE TOP, BEIGE/TAN MIDDLE, AND DARK GRAY BOTTOM. I'M THINKING IT MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR A LITTLE KITCHEN...

THIS IS THE KITCHEN BEFORE I PAINTED IT. YEAH THE BEFORE PICTURES ARE APPALLING! IT WAS THE DAY WE MOVED IN! YUCK!


I'M SURE AFTER SEEING THE ABOVE PICTURES YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY I PAINTED EVERY THING WHITE. IT WAS JUST SO BUSY AND UGLY.
SO I PAINTED THE CABINETS WHITE AND WE GOT A NEWER OVEN AND MADE WHERE THE OLD ONE WAS INTO A PANTRY AREA. THEN I PAINTED THE BACK SPLASH WHITE AND SEALED IT WITH THIS, A CONCRETE HIGH GLOSS SEALER. IT TURNED OUT BETTER THAN I THOUGHT, AND HAS NOT PEELED, SCRATCHED AND IS REAL EASY CLEAN. SO HERE IS WHAT IT IS NOW. OH AND WERE CHANGING OUT THE ALMOND COLOR DISHWASHER TO A NEW BRIGHT WHITE ONE. EVEN THO I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HAVE STAINLESS STEEL BUT  , MY HOUSE BEING A RENTAL, THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. 


THIS IS THE COLOR THAT I AM LEANING TOWARDS PAINTING THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE CABINETS.





IT'S A BHER PAINT CALL CRACKED PEPPER. I LOVE THIS COLOR AND HAVE FOR QUITE AWHILE.

SIMILAR TO THESE KITCHENS...


LOVE ALL OF THESE KITCHENS... SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT I'LL END UP DOING. WHAT DO YALL THINK? SERIOUSLY, TELL ME. :)

5 comments:

The Mitchell Family May 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

It definitely needs some color...I think it would look cool, then maybe add some antique looking bin pulls? I think it would help if there were some more hardware involved. What you have done looks really nice!

Sarah May 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

While I was looking at the pictures I was definitely thinking you need some type of hardware for the cabinets. Plus, I personally wouldn't paint the bottom cabinets. I'm just thinking with having the white appliances it looks more seamless than if you paint it gray and then you have these big white appliances breaking it up. Also, have you ever looked into resurfacing/painting your countertops? I know they have new types of countertop "paints" now. I think they're made by Rustoleum. My husband has used them a few times on clients houses and he said it's super easy. I'm thinking if you anchor your countertops with a darker color it might give you what you're looking for. But I have you to say, you've done an amazing job from before! I would have never guessed that was the same kitchen.

Jennifer Fitzgerald May 31, 2011 at 2:06 PM  

Hey Justin! I Love your blog! Really get inspired looking at your projects- by the way, I'm buying that lexington sofa you posted yesterday for the play room- I've been looking for one for months and months. I'll refinish the wood to either dark grey or a more raw nude-wood look and would like to reupholster with an oatmeal linen what do you think?
I love your kithchen! Was planning on paitning my cabinets white this summer- so glad you showed pics of yours. What type of finish did you use- and did you use oil or a latex paint? I kind of like the white- not sure about splitting it in half unless you have really high ceilings which could carry the eye on up. If you have low or average ceilings, I have painted some ceilings with a semi gloss paint (same color as the other ceilings or white) which reflects a ton of light and makes the room appear more open. Love the idea of knobs- I get my hardware for big projects at the Habitat resale store, which I am sure you frequent often. ; ) Thanks for sharing your ingenuity!

Kat May 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

Looks so much better than before! But I think adding the gray on the bottom would look great. Right now your floor kinda stands out against all the white. I think it would blend in more if your lowers were darker. I love the color--cracked pepper. So I say do it!

Callie July 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM  

I would have to agree that it would create a drastic contrast with the appliances. You could do the antique look and make them look "dirty" and warn. They sell stuff that you just brush on and then wipe off like a stain then finish with the clear coat. I personally am about to do this to my white cabinets and have seen many house with this look recently. The grey is beautiful but the white appliances would be my holdback. Also the counter paint is an amazing way to give that beige laminate a facelift. :-)

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