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It is perpetual, living life and keeping it simple. Peace of mind comes from having a place for things. As I watched "Horton Hears a Who", with my grandchildren I thought about no matter how "tiny" the thing, it deserves a home. So I live by the old adage, a place for everything and everything in its respective place...

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Ten things I am or have been: 1 Wife, 2 Mother of five, 3 Grandmother of 16, 4 Hair Dresser, 5 Bookkeeper 6 Bank Teller, 7 Scrapbook Store Owner, 8 Reporter, 9 Gardener, 10 Photographer,

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kitchen cabinet makeover, before and after photos

This view is of the island prior to trimming it out.
As you can see the tower that houses the microwave and oven stand off the other cabinets, this gave me the idea that I could paint it to look as if it were built separately as a single unit. The lowers on the dishwasher side were also to be designated as dark.
The doors were removed and everything got a prime coat.
The island trim pieces I picked out at Lowes. My island does not have much of an overhang on the lip of the counter so I had to be mindful of that fact when choosing trim.
At the base of my cabinets all I had was shoe moulding. It was very scuffed and blotchy from years of mopping and very scuffed up. We trimmed all of the cabinets with moulding followed by shoe moulding on top. I remembered thinking how tiny the island looked when it was in this stage.
I ordered my knobs and pulls from Lowes. When we attached the knobs they were too big, so I exchanged them for these lovely ovals. Love them so much. As you can see the old white cabinets are slightly distressed. The knobs have a lovely beading detail on them. I am very pleased with how they look.
The pulls add such charm to the drawers. I had already installed an oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet by Delta and these match perfectly. I also have the oiled bronze look on the ceiling fan, which in Texas you cannot live without. (I have a fun upgrade to the fan I will share soon).
I hoped to capture the dark cabinet look. I think my painter has the knack, don't you?

I am so very pleased with my two-tone design look. I think the dark makes the white appliances pop! The new color on the wall is Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe. I usually stay away from Taupe because of its tendencies to lean pink, but I really love the rich tone this color has. It matches my Corian counters, grout and tile perfectly. The counters look amazing without going to the expense of granite.
Finished island close up.
For me, the contrast of the dark against the white appliances makes all the difference. I don't think I would have been near as happy with the cream next to them.

I love being in my new space. Now I have to begin on my windows and bringing back some accessories and adding in a few new I have picked up as the kitchen was underway.
I hope if there are those of you out there thinking about whether or not to paint your cabinets that mine will serve as inspiration to help you make up your mind! :)
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  1. i'm in love! the kitchen looks AMAZING. i love how open and clean it is! simple. :) makes me smile.

    1. Thank you for the compliments baby girl! Your comments make me smile!

  2. This kitchen look great! I especially love the island. Great job!

    1. Thank you The Mrs! It was amazing to me how such a simple trim made such a difference! I had to be sure what ever I chose couldn't stick out too far, the lip of the island is pretty shallow. Be sure to check back for more updates. :)

  3. i LOVE your kitchen, makes me thing about the great renovation I'm having in the future...

    1. Venus thank you for your comment! I somehow missed your comment., I'm so sorry, I love when others give their opinion and feed back. I did the same thing you are doing when thinking about my kitchen redo. Please be sure to come back and tell me about your reveal!

  4.'s night and day...literally! Looks so awesome! You must love it!! KUDOS!

    1. Thank you thank you Julie! When I'm in the space now, I'm in love, it's like moving into a new house!

  5. Looks Super! All of it!! I would like to ask you, or anyone who has done this, advice on painting kitchen cabinets. Mine are yellowing and have the lacquer type finish but is quite dull now to be honest! My question is can you prime and paint without having to sand, etc? Thanks to anyone for advice. Shirley, I want to live in your kitchen! LOL

    1. Hi ds,
      Shortly after finishing my new kitchen, we MOVED! So I have been really out of my blog world. I hope you found some answers to doing your cabinets. My painter did mine and he used liquid sandpaper. I know if you have a lot of grease build up you have to address that first. I came very close to using chalk paint on my own, but then chickened out. I have had wonderful experiences with it on furniture. You will find posts about it on the blog.
      My new kitchen was almost identically done cabinets which saved me from the want to do them again! Thank goodness!


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