After we painted the cabinets in our last kitchen, I vowed I would never paint cabinets again. Well, never say never, and that old saying about pain has no memory is true. Recently Mom came to visit just so we could tackle the cabinets in our Charlotte kitchen. While we were painting this time, it was my mom who declared she won’t be painting cabinets again. She is retiring. I know there is a lot of controversy on painted cabinets and whether it is a trend or not. If you look back at classic kitchens and many movie kitchens, they are white. And even if it is a trend, I love white cabinets. Yankee was even on board this time around. He took some convincing before we painted the cabinets in our Syracuse house.
This was what our kitchen looked like on move-in day.
The first thing I did was paint the walls Cotton Grey by Behr, which I LOVE. I added some white accessories above the cabinets, but I still need to add a few more. Grandma’s kitchen table was turned into our temporary island. The back splash is beige tile, and it worked with the beige walls, cream trim and cabinets. However, with all of the paint changes, the tile doesn’t look too great anymore. You’ll see what I’m talking about.
This room is the darkest one in our house, and it is not even that dark. However, painting those cabinets really lightens it up. I love the improvements! We used Sherwin Williams Pure White in acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel. It’s their Pro-Classic line of paint.
There are a million tutorials online about how to paint cabinets. We pretty much followed the same process we did at our first house. Since the weather was pleasant, I was able to set up my garage as cabinet door central. It was wonderful not having to live with the cabinets doors drying all around the house.
I plan to put some tall items on top of the two cabinets beside the exhaust. The large basket over the fridge is from Ikea and is housing Christmas wreaths for all of the windows. I have to be creative with storage, and since it is more of a pain to get it down, I figure once a year is perfect. After looking at these photos, I have decided it needs to be white, too.
Okay, everyone. Do you see the tan back splash? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on what we should do with it. I have thought about painting it white to hold us over till the day we decide to tackle removing and installing a new one. Installing a back splash isn’t difficult. It is the pain and dust and repair of removing the old one that is horrible. Disregard the fan missing a grate. It is broken and the repairman said we needed a whole new motor, so, we are going to buy a new one. #joysofhomeownership
A kitchen designer suggested that we “white-wash” the tiles. Another idea is to paint them completely. These tiles are very porous, so, I bought some similar tiles for experimenting. I hope you give me some ideas. I would love to hear suggestions from you. It would be nice to have a lot of choices before we decide what to do.
Well, there you have the painted kitchen cabinets. Along with painting or changing the back splash down the line, I also want to change out the hardware. There’s no rush, but it is on my never ending list. Till then I am really enjoying the new look in my kitchen.
By the time you read this, Yankee and I will be in Asia. We are spending two days in Hong Kong before we fly on to Bangkok and meet our little girl on Wednesday. Please keep up in your prayers.