Somehow my original post deleted after a couple days of being up, so I'm re-posting the final results of the kitchen cabinet makeover.
After a very lengthy process the kitchen cabinets are finally done! (key the sound of applause!) Once the lower cabinets were completely dry, we added the hardware. I love hardware. Changing out (or in our case adding) hardware is one of the easiest ways to spruce up any kitchen. We decided on the Lansa from Ikea:
One of Naomi's concerns about painting the cabinets white was that she feared the results would look "country kitchen". Although the results are far from country, adding the modern handles adds even more of a contemporary element to them.
I also painted out the insides of the open cabinetry in Glidden's Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Isn't that just perfect for a kitchen!! I wanted a nice pop of color against the white that would also work with the gray lower cabs and the soon to be navy walls.
We decided to change out the standard mdf shelves with solid wood ones (not pictured), but in the same natural finish. We really like the contrast of the natural wood against all the more contemporary elements in the room. We found some great pieces of wood with great veining and knots in them that I think will look amazing. I'll showcase them in a separate post. Plus the natural wood element will also tie in with the console table/indoor herb garden area, as well as the soon to be bar/drink serving area: both of which are in the works.
So, without further ado, here are the before and after photos of the kitchen cabinets.
Before: When we first toured the house before we purchased:
Before: After we moved in:
We are really happy with how they turned out. Still on our do to list: exchange the shelves with solid wood, paint the kitchen navy, replace the faucet, install backsplash, buy panels for the window, buy a new table, add a chandelier, add bar/drink serving area. Of course we still need to install hardwood flooring throughout the house, but that's our big project for 2013. For now, I think my weekends will be pretty occupied with the smaller kitchen projects. We are hoping to have them all complete before summer.
So what about you? Have you ever painted cabinets? How was your experience? I would love to hear about it. Until next time.....