Paint: a kitchen makeover
While the dining room ceiling was torn apart I figured I might as well add to the mess and tackle the kitchen too!
(In reality it meant one visit from the electricians to rewire the dining room ceiling and change out all the beige outlets in the kitchen.)
This before picture was taken on move in day June 2013.
Tons of cabinets, tons of storage, tons of reddish orange paint.
And today. Ta-dah.
So different right?
I painted the upper cabinets Benjamim Moore Advance satin simply white and the lower cabinets iron mountain.
But the biggest change was removing an 8 foot wall of upper cabinets:
And I don't miss them for one second!
Three 2 x 12 solid wood open shelves provide plenty of storage AND it's super accessible.
The whole kitchen feels wider and more open without those big bulky cabinets hanging in my face.
The view above is from the dining room doorway.
You can barely see the wall chalkboard on the right heading towards the back door mudroom area.
Another look at the penisula cabinets.
The new hardware is from D.Lawless, my go to hardware supplier.
They carry just about every hardware style and finish you could ever want.
I used the Antique Iron cup pulls on the drawers and the coordinating Antique Iron knobs on the doors.
The new hardware coordinates well with the existing faucet and looks great on the white upper cabinets too:
It still amazes me the power of paint and new hardware.
All the how-to details on the open shelving are here.
How to makeover a kitchen:
1. Remove all cabinet and door fronts.
(The white sticky, melted residue is from plastic bumpers gone bad.)
2. Label drawer fronts.
3. I removed the cabinet doors in batches of different sizes so no labeling here.
4. Remove the existing plastic bumpers. A great time to use your Rockwell Sonicrafter X2!
5. Sand well and prop up off the floor for painting.
6. Two coats Benjamim Moore fresh start primer (on white uppers only)
Three coats Benjamim Moore Advance satin iron mountain on bases, simply white on uppers.
Sand in between each coat.
7. Make a template for drawer pulls, find the center of each drawer and mark screw holes.
8. Predrill screw holes.
9. Apply same process to carcasses: sand, prime and paint.
Then reattach all doors and new hardware. It's a beast of a project but so worth it.
Disclaimer: I was supplied product from D.Lawless Hardware however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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