Tuesday, June 21, 2011

traditional kitchen work...

last week, i painted the cabinets of a large, traditional kitchen. they were white MDF (not damaged like these cabinets, though!) to begin with, so i had to prime them all in a heavy-duty oil-based primer, before doing a creamy white with brown bevels on the outer cabinets, and a blue-gray on the island. here is a (tiny) photo of what they looked like to begin with:

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colors used were benjamin moore's "creamy white" (for outer cabinets), and the new color AF 505, lightened by 50% for the island.

here it is! the backsplash is the last part of the kitchen remodel, which has yet to be completed, but i think it is coming along beautifully.

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i love how she had new corbels added to the island, and we did a light glaze on top of the paint. the glaze was a gray-brown.

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i like how the glaze sits in the carvings.

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on the other side of the kitchen, there was a desk area:
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and behind the desk, a little bar:
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here is a detail shot of the cabinets. the rounded edges of the bevels usually give away the fact that the wood is actually a composite wood. i'm not sure why, but i think that it is because a rounded edge is easier to create than a straight corner. anyway, i think doing the dark brown lines on the bevels detracts the eye from the rounded edge, and creates the illusion of a cornered edge.

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7 comments:

  1. Looks great! So it IS possible to paint MDF cabinets and the paint will stick if you use an oil primer? I've got a client that had her MDF cabinets faux finished and they are already peeling off and she's ready for a re-do. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Looks great! What color did you use for the walls?

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  3. I love this kitchen! I am a fan of the two toned cabinetry that seems to be in fashion right now.

    I have a sturdy, yet ugly, bookshelf that needs some love. I am pretty sure that it is MDF covered in a tacky wood grained laminate. Is it possible to repaint something like that? And if so, how would I go about doing it! Thanks!!

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  4. Love!! The color on the island

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  5. Uhhh, my dream cabinetry..excellent work!

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  6. Beautiful! I know that was a lot of hard work but so worth it. Really made the kitchen look brand new.

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