Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Wonderously White Kitchen

      My. Cabinets. Are. DONE!!!!! Whoohoo! I am beyond pleased about how they turned out, and even more so that I am finished with them! For once, I am so super happy I have an itsy bitsy sized kitchen! I cannot imagine doing one any bigger. My patience for tedious projects is non-existent.
     Here is what I had to work with.

       You may be wondering why the cabinets look like they have mud on them. I can explain. When we first moved in, they were the most awful shade of pinkish wood. It looked like skin, and it grossed me out. I didn't have time to paint them at that time, so glazed the cabinets right over that pink wood to "rustify" them. My mister decreed they looked dirty, but I didn't care. At least they weren't pink!
    Here is my beautiful little kitchen now!

     Amazing how paint can make a space feel so much more open! This little space can barely fit two people in it at time.

       But, it certainly feels larger with the nice clean white.

      I debated distressing, or glazing them. In the end though, I decided I wanted to keep it simple and crisp. I have a lot of other distressed and glazed furniture, and I didn't want everything to look too matchy matchy. I can always change it up later if I get bored with it.

     I have plans for that little space on the top there, but I have to find what I need to do it first. Those baskets hold hot pads, and such like things that I don't have drawer space for. This crate keeps all our coffee making ingredients handy and not looking too messy. It also hides the fact that I switched paint colors in the middle of a wall! =)

      Here are a couple tips from my experience. I used a one and a half inch Purdy brush, a small foam roller, and a slightly larger roller to paint with. That small foam roller was well worth buying. It saved my sanity quite a bit on the small flat areas to keep brush strokes from showing.

      I primed them with this primer.

     I found that cans were super helpful to prop up the drawers and doors while I painted them.

      One last tip for you that I learned from my super smart big sister. Once you've rinsed out your brushes, pat them dry and throw them in the freezer in a Ziploc bag.

      Once they've frozen, take them back out and let them defrost. Pat them dry again. This keeps them from getting crunchy. They will always stay soft no matter how much you use them! Just remember to thaw them out well before you're ready to work again. It's phenomenally annoying to get all ready to paint, only to realize you have frozen brushes! Not that I would know from experience or anything....

      Aren't those tulips lovely? My sweet mister bought them for me. I just love them.

        All in all, this was a project well worth doing!

      Have a superb rest of your week!

Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

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  1. looks great! wish I'd known about that freezing trick...:)

  2. I've had white cabinets for twenty years...not tired of them yet! They just make everything look clean. Love your new look.

  3. Beautiful!!! This is exactly what hubby and I are going to conquer here in a few months. I love the end result! Great job! :)

  4. The white looks so great! I love the old crate with your coffee supplies. What a cute way to keep those things organized. I might have to copy that idea.

  5. WOW!! SO Crisp and Fresh and the white simply opened the space right up! Great job! I too am in the middle of a kitchen re-do on a dime:) Stop over and see wont you? thanks,Deidre~

  6. Awesome----it looks lovely! We redid all our cabinets and it is the most tedious annoying chore ever!

  7. Your kitchen looks so clean and bright - love the change! And the accents with the numbers are so cute! Please stop over to my blog home and link this up to my Inspired Creations party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  8. I love the new look! I also think the milk glass vase on the crate next to the cabinet is perfect. :) Did I tell you that I'm going to put bead board on my island to help it look a bit dressier? That will happen after we start/finish the floor tiling project. Oh my! :)

  9. An amazing transformation. So fresh and clean. Thank you for sharing, I am so glad to meet you. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I will follow on my way out because I am sure I will enjoy engaging and supporting your special place now I have found you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  10. I have the same pink cabinets! i've been wanting to paint them for 11 years, I think it is time. I also have white appliances which is the hold-up - I'm not sure what white paint will look good with them. What color/brand did you use???

  11. We are looking to paint our horrible honey oak (orange) white and also have white appliances. I've been worried about a contrast between the whites. Yours look great. What color of paint did you use?

  12. I love your white clean and so sleek!
    Very very NICE!
    Well done!

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