I help lots of my readers in on-line consultations with choosing the right white for their painted cabinets, the right countertop, flooring and hardware (lots here on my Pinterest boards) and lighting.
Here’s two kitchen sent to me recently from two of my lovely readers:
“I just wanted to write you a note to say Thank you!! I found your blog 3 years ago and read your post about white kitchens and painting those 1980’s golden oak kitchens white and….three years later I finally did it and I love it!
Your voice was in my head helping me along the journey. Yes, painting a kitchen is quite a journey! I followed your advice to paint that oak, I hired a decorator to help with color selection, and I kept my back splash simple. I felt like I had 2 design professionals in my kitchen with me!
Cheers to you making the world a more beautiful place one upcycled kitchen at a time.”
Here’s what Leigh did to her cabinets:
For the uppers I used a paint brand called Reclaim-beyond paint in off white. The color was roughly customized by adding ½ tsp of another reclaim paint called Pebble to each cup of the off white. Adding the pebble slightly greyed down the off white. The upside of this paint is that is fills in the oak grain so well that you have to inspect very closely, in any light, to determine that these cupboards are oak and they look sprayed. The downside is that up-close they have a slight texture and you can feel the texture. I would not call it orange peel but it is there. Not everyone would like that, but if you are not going to spring to have them professionally sprayed I would say this is a great choice for oak cabinets.For the lowers I used a paint brand by Country Living called Textured Basecoat in Chocolate. This is a very thick paint and unless you want a distressed look I would not recommend it. I originally thought I wanted a distressed textured look to my lowers but as I began painting I found that I wasn’t comfortable with the look and began thinning the paint out with water. I love the way they turned out but it was a lot of unnecessary work and fuss using this paint. I was so tired of working with this paint after finishing the doors that I had it color matched at Sherwin Williams and used that to paint the bead board and turned legs on the peninsula.
She did a lovely job, I love the pendants and counter stools she chose!
I love the hardware she chose as well. If you have dark countertops, oil rubbed bronze hardware looks great!
Cynthia McCrae-Foster found my blog when she was looking for information on painting cabinets and here is the result!
She installed Kashmire White granite countertops.
She tested a few wall colours, this one is BM Natural Cream.
Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo Maria
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