Geared up and ready for my next project, I decided to tackle the kitchen. When you vacation in a log cabin, the dark, cozy wood surrounding you is comforting and pretty. But when you LIVE there,……well, too much of anything, and that includes wood, can be tiresome. Even my ceilings are wood!
Because I am a lover of all things vintage, it was hard to think about …..gasp!…painting my cabinets, but paint was the only solution to lighten things up a bit.
Inside my cabin, all the walls are logs. My kitchen included, but the cabinets were pine and finished in the same color as the logs. It was time to take on this project.
I like a high gloss white paint just about anywhere, but especially on door trims and window sills. For the kitchen cabinets, it had to be high gloss for easy cleaning. But I decided on a creamy antique white, with a dark blue/gray on the base cabinets.
First up…….take off the first half of the top cabinets. I wanted to do this in stages. I knew that this project was going to take about 4 full days to do.
This is the way the cabinets looked since the house was built in mid 50’s. Knotty pine is so classic, but I wanted the white, so off they go!
Before the doors come off……remove all the hardware. It is just easier to do while they are hanging. I love the old stainless steel closures. Once off, I added a baking soda solution to an old pot and heated it up to soak them in. All excess gook and varnish melts right off for a new and shiny handle!
Next up, it’s time to sand em……..grab the goggles and gloves, and get started!
That was tough…….but now comes the easy part…..if you like to watch paint dry that is. Time to prime! One thing I learned, unfortunately the hard way, is that you need to begin a love affair with Kilz primer. No matter what surface you are painting, if you take one extra step and prime it……you will save yourself a lot of grief in the long run. I put two coats of primer on every single door.
After you prime your doors, walk away for the day. Begin again tomorrow, and they are sure to be dry, and ready to paint. The worst thing you can do is rush through this project. It takes patience and time.
Next up……..paint those doors! Shiny and new and bright and cheery, my kitchen has been transformed and a bit more modern too! I love my new cabinets as they look like they have been here since day one.
Once up, you can see some of the spots you missed, so just fill it in! The left one has a hole from the knotty pine……but I like that there. The top right needed paint filled in to the crevices…….easy breezy!
Now for the base cabinets……….Lather, rinse, repeat!
My friend and savvy shopper Michelle Hap, at Bloomingdale’s sent me the perfect Persian rug prior to my project. It was in the rug that I was able to find the blue gray paint color for the base cabinets. The rug is perfect in the kitchen as it has a lot of color and style.
That’s it for my kitchen cabinets…….Next up, a kitchen prep space for my husband. Stay tuned!