It’s been nearly a year and a half since I bought $17 of flat interior paint and changed my kitchen forever. (you can read about the process here) I shall dub this the kitchen cabinet makeover, since I really didn’t makeover the kitchen. It’s still old and hodge podge.
Do you ever have those crazed moments, where you are tired of looking at something ugly, and you are pretty sure you could make it pretty, but you are a little bit afraid because you have no idea what you’re doing?
I mean, my cabinets were cool in that they are old, original, actual farmhouse cabinets. But, other than that, they were ugly.
Ok. We can also possibly attribute a portion of the transformation to improved photography skills.
The fruit decals and swans that had been buried with 300 coats of orange lacquer weren’t quite the look I was going for.
They’re gone now!
Pinterest had me afraid to paint my cabinets, but when you are armed with the Nester’s mantra “You can’t ruin something you already hate” you go to the store, grab a can of paint and transform your cabinets in a night. You don’t TSP, and wait for things to cure. You just run a sanding sponge and a wet rag over your grimey cabinets, slap a few coats of paint on and hope for the best.
Guess what? Except for about 3 touch ups where there were tiny chips within a week of re-hanging the doors, these cabinets have held up amazingly well.
This could have been a cautionary tale of how we all must take the time to do it right, and truthfully you probably should. However, painting these little cabbies was a rash and wonderful decision that had a happy ending.
There are some days when I wish I had gone white. But ya know what? It’s fun to have fun! The color is Marina Isle by Behr, from the good ol’ Depot. Clearing the counters of dirty dishes and scrubbing my floors this morning made me fall in love with my little farmhouse kitchen all over again. The herbs, eggs, and scale help too.
I figured out that bringing in greens and my favorite blue and white stripes made the cabinets read a little more mint… which I really love. Sometimes I think certain color combos won’t work, but I try them anyways and happy accidents happen.
Between the paint and the 4 new cabinet pulls, I am happy to report that it was money well spent! If you are thinking of painting your cabinets, I say- yay 😉
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