Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Hello!  I have begun the drudgery of painting the kitchen cabinets...all I can say is it is A LOT of work!  Primer, two coats of high gloss Martha Stewart paint in "Picket Fence", and new hardware is what the cabinets have been made over in.

 {the pulls are Martha Stewart and the handles are Liberty, both are from Home Depot}

 Just a little tip:
Keep your original cabinet hardware screws when changing out hardware.  
The screws that came with the Martha Stewart pulls were not long enough to go through the 
drawers all the way, so I used the original screws. 
 For once, I used my noggin' and did not throw them out right away!

 {please pardon my random counter top clutter}

So, as you can see I am only done painting the bottom cabinets so far.  I love how they have turned out and I think it makes such a big difference and brightens up the tiny kitchen!  I have since primed the upper cabinets, but have yet to get to painting them.  As for the rest of the kitchen, I am no fan of the granite tile counter and black tile edge!  It will be replaced at some point along with the sink and faucet.  I am thinking a white Corian counter and a Farmhouse sink if it will work with the existing cabinet below.  The walls are currently a tan-ish color which will be changed, but I am not sure what color to to do.  Help!  What do you think... White?  Pale Citrus-y or Jadeite Green?  Robin's Egg Blue?  I'm looking to my Cath Kidston dishes for inspiration.

I love that these cabinets have glass fronts!  I plan to paint the insides a color...maybe robin's egg blue or jadeite green.  It depends on what the wall color turns out to be...

Hopefully, I will finish all the cabinet painting next week.  I am going to the Kane County, IL Flea Market this weekend in search of furniture...Woo Hoo!!

Have a lovely weekend and please let me know your thoughts on wall paint color for the kitchen!

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Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Your cabinets are looking great. I have yet to start on mine. I like the idea of the color inside the cabinet. I'd love to add some glass to mine.

Miranda said...

I think it looks fantastic! I love the color and the new cabinet pulls. As far as color, if you're thinking white or really light countertops, what about a gray/silver tone for the walls (check out SW Zircon-I have it in my whole main living area, as does Kristin at )
and then do the inside of your cabinets in a robins egg. It will all come out SO gorgeous!

Amanda said...

Wow! You have done a beautiful job painting your cabinets! Nice work! Isn't it amazing how paint updates and transforms a room? I really love the idea of a robin's egg blue on the walls...and I would do the inside of the cabinet in the same tone but maybe a slightly lighter or darker shade. Just my thoughts... I am sure whatever you do will be beautiful and compliment your Cath Kidson dishes very nicely!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Free Pretty Things For You said...

looking SO Pretty!!!! :D
I Love White walls and the pops of pretty colors will come with all your pretty vintage treasure you have!

Anonymous said...

Great tip on keeping the original screws. Your cabinets are looking gorgeous! Love your choice of hardware! I want the same for ours. Thanks for sharing the paint color, too. Looks beautiful!
Happy painting! :)

Delightful Order said...

Love this! I'm inviting you to link to my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party.

Emily said...

Love your cabinets! It really is so much work!!! I painted and glazed my upper kitchen cabinets six months ago and am so dreading finishing my lower much work!
Your cabinets seriously look amazing!!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love your cabinets...thanks for the tip on keeping the old screws!

Deb said...

wow...your cabinets look great painted white! don't ya just love white kitchens! our corian counter tops (martha, home depot) go in next month...i'll let you know how it goes...hope i love them! you sure are going to town making over your new home...looks so great already! ~deb~

Maria said...

Hi! Your kitchen is coming along wonderfully!
We are in the process of choosing new cabinets, and often I think we should just paint the old ones... They need interior work though {the bottom ones especially}
Did you spray paint or use a brush? They are so smooth!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you sure are doing a lot with your new house! It is going to look beautiful. Personally, I would go with the palest shade of green in your dishes. But then again, I love the color of water. With dishes with such pretty colors in them as those, really, how could you go wrong?!

Have fun with your painting. The kitchen painting is on my list as well.

birdie blue said...

you did a wonderful job, stacey. it looks amazing.

i installed mirrors in the back of my glass fronted cabinets. they face the window, and the amount of light reflected is remarkable. plus, they match any and all china, i care to put in there.

just a thought, my friend.
have a wonderful weekend.

alison said...

you did a fabulous job on your the new pulls...come share @ fridays unfolded


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traci said...

looks great stacey. you are getting a lot done. i painted my cabinets years ago. it was such a chore. i need to do it again, but just can't get myself motivated. i love the pulls you picked.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Great job. We are on the tail end of our kitchen re-do, and it is a job! We even had someone paint the doors and it is still a huge job! You are going to love it. The hardware is great! I will be checking out those pulls, I need some for our bathrooms. Hang in there. I am right there with you. Jackie

designchic said...

They look the hardware!!

Red Gate Farm said...

Great tip on the screws... we just finished a remodel on a rental property and did not keep the screws... let's just say it wasn't a good day when we put on the new hardware!

Love the painted cabinets... I'm such a cottage/painted look lover. You should also look into butcher block counters if you like that look. We purchased ours from IKEA and they were very inexpensive and easy to install... especially since we had a vintage drainboard sink that would have been hard to install with anything made of solid/hard surface for the counters.

Can't wait to see what color you pick... all the jadite, aquaish, robin's egg blue colors are my favorites so I know I'll love it!

Happy weekend,

Vicki @ Curly Willow said...

Stacey, what a beautiful change! I love, love that you painted your cabinets. I painted my a few years ago, but didn't use high gloss... and kicking myself because they need a do-over! and I am SO JEALOUS, you're going to the Kane County flea market! Hope you find loads of cool stuff and your car is full when you start home with a BIG, BRIGHT smile on your face!!

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

oooooh thanks for the reminder about Kane County! i love what you're doing to the cabinets--so timeless and charming.

i love coming here!


Kim said...

You are a trooper! I look at my 30 kitchen cabinets and drawers every day and wish I had the motivation to redo them. Very blah! Yours look absolutely stunning and I am quite jealous! The hardware is fab too.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Wowee, Missus, they're looking awesome! You've done such a great job. You must be so pleased with your new look kitchen.


katie jean said...

It is gorgeous! My husband re did our cabinets in our last home and what a huge difference it made. And I remember the hard work he did :) Good for you! I'm sure you are already giving yourself a big pat on the back for the work you have already done:) And I love Cath too!

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

Impressive! I just LOVE white cabinets. Painting them is such an extensive project though!! It will be so worth it in the end. The painted back of the glass front cabinets will be so pretty. :) (Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello).

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

They look awesome! I have always wanted to paint my cabinets, but this is the only part of the house where my husband has begged me not to get with my paint!!! :) I hate boring old oak ones~you're a lucky girl!!!

AshTreeCottage said...

Wow Stacey ~ great job! I know how much work that is and am about to tackle the same project. Great tip about saving the screws from the original hardware, because I have had the same thing happen. I am inclined to go with a neutral for the walls and perhaps punch the color in the back of the cabinet with the glass door. But whatever you choose, I know it will be very charming!!

Susan and Bentley

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

Hi again Stacey. didn't make it to Kane County this weekend so maybe next month. too much spring cleaning kept me inside--ugh!

did i already mention i love your bin pulls on the cabinets? i REALLY wanted those for ours but they didn't work with the cabinets i chose. so NEXT TIME!



white flower farmhouse said...

Paint is a great transformer. Love what you've done so far!

Thomas said...

They look great!!! My cabinets are just like yours before u painted them. I have been wanting to paint mine white but am scared to death I will mess them up! Did you take them off? Did you sand them? Thanks!!!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

Lovely! I love those drawer pulls! They look mighty familiar! Ha! Following back! So glad you stopped by! Don't forget to stalk your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for great stuff for cheap!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

angelo h said...

Beautiful. Really like the paint color of your cabinet. These are such elegant kitchen cabinets! :)

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