Happy Friday!! Ahh, I love Fridays. so much.
You may remember that a few months ago I showed you that I loved white kitchens. Well, that dreamed died with this house. White did not paint well on oak cabinetry (it does with off white or other colors, but not strict white). I'm mildly still sad about this.
Here's a picture of the kitchen right after the flooring was torn up and before all of the cabinet doors were taken off :
Starting from the beginning:
Kyle was pretty adamant about not going too dark, so that our house didn't "look like a dungeon". We ended up settling on a happy medium, going darker on the cabinets and contrasting it with a lighter kitchen island.
Once we chose the two colors, I ventured to the granite warehouse with the samples and picked out the countertops. (Thanks, Linda)
I stripped the polyurethane from the doors, then did one very light coat of brown. After that dried, we did a heavier coat to fully cover the oak. The next day, I used an ebony stain over each door, which helped to bring out the original grain of the wood.
While the cabinet doors were in between coats, we started on the cabinet frames. Hard to believe that the kitchen was in this much disarray!
(While I waited with my paintbrush in one hand and camera in the other, aka wasn't helping).
Skipping ahead quickly:
(Aren't fresh flowers wonderful? They are essential to get through the winter months!)
The light fixtures are the Clear Globe Glass Pendant from Shades of Light. (I later discovered that Young House Love used the same feature in their kitchen, only in oil rubbed bronze finish. We went with brushed nickel since it was a "lighter" (as in less bulky/heavy) look with our cabinets)
(notice the lack of outlet covers- add that the 'open ended' list!)
It's hard for me to believe that it went from this:
For the other posts that helped make up this renovation:
Lighting - coming up!
Appliances - coming soon!
Paint colors - coming up!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend & indulge in way too many unhealthy foods for the Superbowl!