Tuesday, March 15, 2011

faux painted cabinets.


the past few days, i've spent faux painting some white MDF cabinets to look like dark, "espresso" stained wood. now, you know i love using my faux painting skillz for good and not evil, so when laura contacted me about painting her cabinets, i was excited to take on this project. i do this by using a faux painting technique and product (stain and seal, by faux effects) that i learned about at my old faux painting job (before i started working independently). i think it's really neat that you can take white cabinets and make them look like stained wood...

anyway, here are the "befores":

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(don't you love her chocolate and off-white stripes?)

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from the other side:
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cute knobs, huh?

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and, here is the master bathroom:

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i didn't put the pulls back on all the way, so they wouldn't scratch the fresh paint...that's why they're a little uneven...



before doing the faux paint, you paint a coat of light brown primer underneath, and that's what gives it a multi-dimensional look - like stained
wood, versus just dark brown painted wood. you can kind of see it in this photo:

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i also paint with the idea that i am creating "grains" of wood...unlike painting a solid coat of paint. i do up-and-down motions with my brushes...
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from the other side.


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ps - i am selling my mid-century coffee table. it's $35. see the ad here: http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/fuo/2266391396.html

and email me at kristen.fountain@gmail.com, if you are interested in buying it!

29 comments:

  1. You did a fabulous job. They look wonderful.

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  2. Wow! They look great. Really do look like wood.

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  3. wow, too cool. i wish you lived in edmonton so you could do this to my kitchen!

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  4. thanks, you guys! sometimes faux painting can be nice :)

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  5. This IS a great example of nice faux painting! It looks really good- and very wood-like:) Great job- thanks for sharing!

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  6. The deep colour really adds depth and warmth to the room. And I love those stripes too.

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  7. So glad to know that can be done - I may have someone do that in my bathroom one day! You're a genius with the paint brush. Looks awesome!! And, I love the stripes.

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  8. thanks you guys!

    hyphen interiors - thank you! and i know - it's nice to know that faux painting can be used for pretty projects, and not just tacky tissue paper walls ;)

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  9. The difference is crazy! You are one talented lady!

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  10. Nice work! Total transformation, amazing what a little DIY can do.

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  11. I really like how the faux painting gives it a contemporary look. I really am into this idea.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  12. These cabinets look so great! So did you use one coat of primer and one coat of paint? If you use two coats of paint you would probably loose that multi-dimenstional look, right?

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  13. this is absolutely beautiful!! what a great before-after post :)
    -kait

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  14. unbelievable! you are amazing!! love it......

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  15. You were featured! http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/diy/give-white-mdf-cabinets-a-realistic-wood-look-with-paintkfd-designs-141963

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  16. OMG this is great! over here from apartment therapy - you are so talented!!

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  17. This looks amazing and it gives me hope for our bathroom. Did you just use a regular paintbrush? And can you share which paints you used?

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  18. Thanx for the shout out on here...I am in blog awe of you and envious of the chic non-traditional projects you have. Congrats on the success :)

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  19. What color paint did you use for the cabinet?

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  20. Are your cabinets solid wood or melamine? I have been considering trying to paint our white melamine cabinets but am hesitant for fear of ruining them. Also- what colors did you use?

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  21. These look great!
    Do you sand the melamine or peel it off? Are you for hire?

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  22. amy - thanks! I don't sand it off, bu I sand it, oilbase prime it, then paint it. i am for hire!

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  23. Hi kristen. Love your work. Is there any way you can tell us the brand and color of the faux paint you used on these cabinets? we have been searching for this color. If you know where to purchase it that would be great. We are in texas. Thanks, meschelle

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  24. You said you used an oil based primer first. Then oil based paint? Also my cabinets are already painted white (several coats). Will this still work on mine?

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  25. Hi Kristen, love your simple and very effective designs and work. Amazing. This has really inspired me to up-cycle some drawer cabinets I have so that they look like your amazing cabinets.

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