This post is sponsored by General Finishes Milk Paint and D. Lawless Hardware.
A few days ago I ran into a friend at the grocery store. I was almost done shopping and my buggy was overflowing with quick and easy junk food meals.
And her cart was full of only organic food.
And I was sooooo embarrassed because I’m a healthy eater, but you would have never realized that by my poor food choices that day.
But in my defense I’m going to play the “Kitchen Cabinet Makeover” card. I’ve been working on this freaking kitchen for a month now and I swear there’s not an end in sight. I don’t work on it every day, but it looks like I would be closer to getting it done by now.
The days I work on the kitchen, I make my poor family eat frozen pizza.
I’m sure they’ll be happy when the mess is cleaned up and I’m serving them real food on a regular basis.
Anyhoo, my sweet friend didn’t laugh (too much) about my food choices, but she did encourage me to share some photos of my project and so that’s what I’m going to do today.
If you recall from my first Kitchen Makeover post, our kitchen has very light walls with lots of natural light.
The cherry cabinets are about 25 years old and they’ve seen better days.
The granite, backsplash, flooring and wall color won’t be changed during this makeover so I had to find a color for the cabinets which would complement all of these things.
During the summer, I started out trying neutral shades of white, ivory, and beige that would work with the busy granite. I finally came across Kilim Beige from Sherwin Williams. It’s a close match to Old Ochre from Annie Sloan. It went really well with the granite, but it blended right in with our wall color.
At this point I decided to put the project on hold. I didn’t think I was going in the right direction with the light colors.
We had a white kitchen before. Did I really want another one? Especially when it was paired with the granite and Creme Brûlée walls?
I knew I didn’t want to go with the popular shades of grey that are currently in vogue because I think they’re a trend that won’t be lasting much longer. And I’m more of a traditional girl than a trendsetter anyway.
After a lot of research and whole lot of thinking, after all this is a makeover which we’ll have to live with for many years, I decided to go in a different direction.
I thought we needed a stronger cabinet color to balance out the light floor, walls, and natural light.
The Dark Colors
I knew I wanted to use General Finishes Milk Paint on the cabinets because their paint is so very easy to use. I picked up four different colors of paint and tried them out on the island.
On one end of the island I painted a large section with General Finishes Deep Chocolate and General Finishes Lamp Black.
I really liked the Deep Chocolate. It had a modern feel to it and it provided some nice contrast to the Venetian Gold granite.
The Lamp Black complemented the deep browns and blacks in the granite, and had a more classical look than the Deep Chocolate.
While I was pretty sure I needed a strong, dark color for the kitchen cabinets, I still wasn’t a 100% sold on the idea; therefore, I also tried General Finishes Basil Green and General Finishes Persian Blue. I love blue and green and I thought I could be happy with either one of those colors.
Stew felt the Persian Blue was a bit too “happy” and I think he was right. While I could love it for a little while, I wasn’t sure I would be able to love it forever. Painting kitchen cabinets is a lot of work so I knew whichever color I chose, it needed to last a life time and the Persian Blue wasn’t going to fit that bill.
The Basil Green was a very pretty shade of green and was very soothing but it didn’t go very well with our pale yellow walls. Actually the undertones between the Basil Green and our Creme Brûlée walls were a horrible combination. With the two colors side by side, it made the Basil Green look like baby poo and the wall color no longer felt light and airy.
Note: It’s always important to pay attention to undertones when putting two colors in close contact with one another. You can’t always see undertones when a color is presented by itself, but once it’s placed next to another color then you’ll be able to tell.
For example, you may have what you think is a neutral beige, but in reality it has a green, yellow, or pink undertone. The Basil Green and Creme Brûlée walls were pretty by themselves, but once the two were close together, both colors were washed out and not so very pretty.
The Final Color Choice
After deciding the rugs could be changed out, the kitchen cabinet color choice became obvious. We decided Lamp Black would ground the kitchen cabinets and would provide the much needed contrast to the walls and floor. We also thought it was more of a traditional “neutral” color that could stand the test of time.
And so with a bit of excitement and whole lot of nervousness, I started painting the island Lamp Black.
It’s been a very long, slow process, but we’re loving how it’s coming along. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll walk you through a very thorough “how to paint kitchen cabinets like a pro” from prepping the cabinets to painting and then finally to sealing them.
I’m going to give you a sneak peek but keep in mind these are just snap shots along the way. Nothing has been decorated and the new hardware from D. Lawless Hardware hasn’t been put on yet. Just wait to you see it! It’s going to give a whole new style to our 1990’s kitchen!
But to give you an idea of how it’s looking so far, here’s the before…
And here’s the after:
Don’t you just love that silky smooth finish? I know I do!
D. Lawless Hardware has provided some beautiful hardware but between soccer and cross country practice, homework, and regular ole work, we haven’t found the time to put it on yet. But when we do, I’ll be showing it off for sure. I think it’s really going to bring this project together.
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