Today is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and, with the exception of next week’s final reveal, I expect this week will be the most impactful! Certainly it shows the biggest transformation and also it underscores how white painted cabinets simplify a kitchen renovation.
When we left off last week, the floor had been changed to faux wood tile, the island counter changed from black to white and the backsplash became a white marble tile. But the cabinets were still a dark cherry wood and so the overall look was still quite dark.
With cabinet doors removed, refrigerator in the hallway, dishwasher in the den and dust flying everywhere, we were in a state of utter chaos. But I had a vision and I believed in the plan. This was no time to buckle.
The time had finally come to paint the cabinets. Now, for those of you who would really like to save money, this is certainly a place you can do that by DIY-ing. In this case, I was happy enough that we were not paying for new cabinets so I opted to have the cabinets refinished by a professional. We were also adding glass doors to a full wall of cabinets, and of course changing out all of the hardware, with holes needing to be filled and placing moved. I selected the same contractor who did our butler’s pantry, a complete transformation of a storage closet you can see HERE.
The doors and drawer fronts were removed and sprayed in the cabinet maker’s workspace.
You may be wondering why there are things in our cabinets while this work was going on. The answer is actually simple. I knew no matter where I moved things to, they’d be covered with dust, so the easiest thing was to keep some things in the cabinets and just put everything in the dishwasher once the job was done. In fact much of what’s in there was moved from other places just to get them out of the way.
I found it fascinating to watch this process and how they numbered the doors to ensure they went back in the exact place. Next they came in and primed the outer cabinets while the doors were being finished offsite with the final coat.
As the painting progressed, the interiors were finished for the cabinets that would have the glass fronts. The paint is Muralo Semi-gloss in Benjamin Moore White Dove.
And finally you can begin to see the finished look. Let’s keep in mind this is where we started…
The counters on the perimeter are the same as before and the original cabinets were not removed. All of the appliances are the same, as well. Yet with just these few changes the room feels completely new to me. I can finally style it to fit my French Country taste. (But that’s for next week… ;-))
For hardware I chose antiqued brass ribbon and reed pulls, with cup pulls for the drawers.
My crystal chandeliers finally make sense. So does the wall color I chose a year ago, knowing all along I’d be going in this direction. In fact, this is the kitchen I always saw when I walked in there. I just needed reality to catch up with my plan.
I’m super excited about styling this kitchen! I have cabinets to fill and counters to decorate. I’ve been shopping for antique accessories that will truly make it my own.
Stay tuned next week for the final reveal. This is the week I add the personality back in. Apart from the coffee maker, most everything else will be new. Or really… quite old.
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