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Kitchen Cabinets (Makeover)

It was funny.

A couple of weeks ago,

a couple of women came to my home for the first time.

I remember we were talking about where I had gotten things I decorated the room with and what had been done to the house since we had bought it and moved in.

Then, we came to the cabinets in the kitchen.

One of the women had commented on how much she liked the original deep color of the cabinets.

I started to discuss how we had just bought the paint to start my next project, which would be painting the cabinets.

It’s funny because everyone looks at you when you say the dreaded words……

PAINT THE CABINETS!….  duh duh duhhhhhhhhh!

I, myself, was even guilty of this as recently as a few years back.

In fact, my husband, THE PAINTER was even guilty of this as recently as….. oh, I dont know…. a few MONTHS ago.

We had painted  ….. attempted to paint our previous home’s cabinets several years ago.

It didn’t turn out so well.   (Shhhh!  Don’t tell my painter I said that.)

Back then, even though Z was a painter, he wasn’t up to speed with new products and he liked to “wing it” a lot.  (too much)

Now that I have bashed my hubby for a few minutes  (Sorry sweetie!)…

let me take a second to praise him.

He has since become awesome!  The most awesomest, cutest painter I know.


This is what our cabinets looked like before.  Since we had installed the flooring in the house, everything was starting to look like one continuous color in the kitchen.

That sometimes works, but considering everything was that same brown, it was taking away from the floors moment to shine.

I really felt like if we just painted them, it would take care of it.


BUT!  Then, I would have moments like this.  Where I would look at it from a little distance and would think,”Now that doesn’t look so bad.”

Then I would have my “Clueless moment”.  Not the mental one.  The movie one.

  You know, the part in the movie where Cher says, “It’s like a Monet!”

“It looks fine from a distance, but up close…………..



I may or may not have added a few words there…..


Since I only get things painted around my house when it rains…..

I got started.

It only took me 2 Rain Dances before the Rain Gods answered my request with some Wet Weather.

So,  WE  got started.


First we removed the doors and hardware.  Then we took an electric sander and roughed them up.

Here  is one like the one we used.

This is a very important step because you want to give the coating something to stick to.

If you just try to paint right over the cabinets, it will still work, but for the longevity of it, you should rough them up prior to application.  Otherwise, it may start to peel a little down the road.

You can use sandpaper grit between 150 – 220 for this.  For the power sander, they come in discs for this.


Then start painting!  I’m going to tell you a secret…..

The paint we used for the cabinets doesn’t even need a primer prior to application!


Yup!  No primer!  In fact, it is specially designed for cabinets and it is called Cabinet Coating.

It is a product carried by our local paint store,  Spectrum Paints.

Others may carry it, but I haven’t checked.  It is kind of pricey per gallon at $55/ea.

However, when you consider the fact that we only had to get 1 gallon for the base cabinets and 1 gallon for the upper cabinets AND still have left over, it is a pretty good deal.

We used a 4 in. wide Mohair Roller brush and a regular Paint brush for application.


Another great thing about this product is that it is “self leveling”, which means that when it dries, it levels out any brush strokes and looks like you sprayed it on or better yet… like you bought them that way.

We chose Benjamin Moore colors for the cabinets.

I also decided to do a “two toned” color palette.

It simply means that you go with one color for the base cabinets and a different one for the uppers.

The color for the base cabinets is Fieldstone.

The color for the upper cabinets is Vanilla Milkshake.



Now, I know what you are saying….. Ummmm.  That’s a lot of gray!

Well, my camera was having a hissy fit that day and for some reason, everything looked very much the same color.

(It’s not though.)


Here is a little better idea of what it looks like.  I know it is hard to believe, but the base color is actually darker than it appears in the picture.

I just love the way they turned out.


The floors finally have their moment to shine and do not have to compete with the cabinets any longer.


It’s like a breath of fresh air now coming into the kitchen.  It’s so light and airy and somewhat beachy without being “cheesy beachy”???


The wineglasses finally have a home of their own.


The crystal knobs make me smile.  FYI:  Lowes and Home Depot have them for $3.97 ea.


Z hung my pot rack that I stole off of Joss and Main for $102.00, which might sound like a lot, but when you consider the fact that it has even a small amount of copper in it, it is an awesome price!

So, now I have more room in my cabinets.


I know I have shown shots of my little “conversation area” a million times, but I have added a light over the end table, so I had to share.

Probably won’t be the last time I throw a pic of this spot up here either.


See!  Told ya!  (Here is a closer look at the light)


I have been wanting this phrase for a while and saw it at a friend’s vinyl letter party, so I bought it right away.  If you like it, email me and I can give you the name of the rep that I bought it from.

(Now, if I can only get Z to paint the crown…….)


I used to be that person who hung plates ALLLLL around her house.  I have since toned it down a little, but when my mom bought this set for me for Christmas, I knew exactly where it was going to go.

The words are from “Patty Cake, Baker’s Man”, which my mom used to sing with me all the time when I was a baby, and I have with my own babies.

(Made me cry when I opened it.)


I let the light be darker in this picture, so it could really pick up on the green in the base cabinets.


I have wanted a set of measuring spoons like this ever since I saw Paula Deen’s on her show.  Her’s were real pewter and I wasn’t about to spend that kind of money on something that I was going to get dirty all the time.  LOL!

So, while Christmas shopping, my mom and I stumbled upon these at a cute shop in Myrtle Beach for $24.95.  They have the same look of pewter without the price tag!!!!

I have since seen them all over, so if you do not plan on traveling to Myrtle Beach anytime soon, you could still find them.

*I just wanted to drop a little note.  While I like to think I know a lot about painting, the truth is ……. I don’t.  (I only know a little)
The other truth is….   Z   DOES! 
It’s his job and passion and has been for years.
I usually type my posts while he isn’t here.  Then, he usually comes home and says, “Why did you tell everyone to buy that type of paint?!!?”   Ooops!
Then, I go back on my site and correct what I wrote wrong!  YIKES!  LOL!
If you should have any questions at all, please feel free to email me and let me know and I will ask the EXPERT!
Then!  I’ll even write you back with the answer!  😉
*I also wanted to add that the reps at  Spectrum Paint said that while they can pretty much do any color in the Cabinet Coating, the best results are with “Pastel” colors.  Apparently, the darker the color, the softer it makes the Coating.
The lighter colors do not break down the Coating and allow it to harden as it dries, yielding better results!


Hope you found some inspiration with the kitchen cabinets.  I will probably do an update soon.  We plan on painting the ceiling…..

Happy Thursday!


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