It is finally finished, and I am in love. The cabinets are complete, and I couldn’t be happier with the final look. I am not showing a step by step process because I followed the exact advice that John and Sherry gave on cabinet painting at Young House Love. Click here for their amazing step by step process for painting cabinets. If you want to see some of my progress, you can click here and here.
Here is the before with gold paint color and wood cabinets.
We lived with the gold cabinets and natural wood cabinets for a year. Then my mom and I painted the walls light blue. That helped tremendously because there finally was some contrast between the wall and cabinet colors.
This is the same view as above post paint job but after hours and hours of work. Let’s call it a labor of love.
Now, here’s the other side of the kitchen work area.
The lighting wasn’t the best when I took this picture, but you get an idea of the impact. It looks like a different house, doesn’t it??? We left the wood molding around the countertop the same as it was before for two reasons. One – it matches the floor and ties the two spaces together. Two – we were afraid that the wear and tear that area gets would cause the paint to chip or rub off.
On the right of my kitchen is an area that the former owner used as a desk. Since we already have a study/working office space, we were using this area as a catch-all. It was our drop area for mail, etc. I decided to make it into our coffee station, complete with a cappuccino sign I bought at Hobby Lobby.
I made a basic tan skirt to cover up small appliances, and our basket of shoes and boots which we store on the shelves in this great area. I used this basic color because I wasn’t sure which colors we would eventually use in the kitchen.
When my mom was here, we selected this colorful fabric that has a light blue background. She made the new curtain. It is so cute and a great way to add some fun color in the kitchen.
I can’t be happier with our new look. For less than one hundred dollars, we took our kitchen from a “granny” look to “a young couple lives here” look. We are planning to buy new appliances early next year, but I don’t mind the old ones now. I can live with them a little while longer since everything else is so bright and cheery.