Friday, January 31, 2014

After Photos Of My Painted Ikea Cabinets

I finally got around to taking some photos of my kitchen yesterday. We are really loving it! 

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Incase you weren't following along, this is what the cabinets used to look like:

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They are the "Sofielund" cabinets from Ikea. The kitchen was brand new to our house, but I didn't love the faux wood look, so I painted them in Sherwin William's "Snowbound". I used Zinnser's shellac based primer, which works magically on that weird Ikea laminate. From there, I could use latex enamel paint.


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It's so much brighter, and way more our style. I just love a white kitchen. It's one thing that I'm consistent about with interior design!

Many people have asked if I picked out the sofielund ikea cabinets, and the answer is no. They were already purchased for the house before we signed the contract, so it was something I couldn't switch out.


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these photos are making the walls look really brown... they're actually gray. Collonade Gray by SW.


23 comments:

  1. Kristen,
    They look so wonderful, glad you followed your gut and did it!
    Spectacular results!

    Betsy

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    1. aw thanks! And thanks for your encouragement all the way :)

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  2. I am loving every bit of this!!!! There is nothing like a white kitchen!! Fantastic job Kristen!

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  3. This looks really nice, great idea and love your stools! Glad I stumbled across your blog, you have great style:)

    Best,
    Laura

    www.lauradrodesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. aw thanks! they're super bright, haha! :)

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  4. I really love a crisp, white kitchen too! And yours looks so great! Have you ever thought of adding some extra height on the uppers? I'm considering painting mine white too, and I've decided that when I do, I want to add a simple board and some crown to give my uppers some extra height and fill some of the awkward above cabinet space. http://sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com/2011/01/more-kitchen-progress.html?m=1

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    1. YES! I plan to add trim to the tops an bottoms of the upper cabinets, for sure. i might even do that, and not add the shaker style trim on the doors at all. i think it'll soften it up a lot - i just have to find a trim w a profile i like. i don't want a really soft profile, but i do want it on the more traditional side.

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  5. Can I use that primer on basic laminate cabinets? I am not sure what type of laminate yours are but mine are laminate like laminate countertops.

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    1. yes you can, or you can use oil based kilz. i used to always just use oil based kilz. not sure which is better, since i just started using this, but the oil based kilz always worked well for those, too.

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  6. WoW!

    I am not the decorating/art visionary you are, Kristen, (in that I can't see things before they are done) but ... I love your taste, style and approach. Add the fact that you are also a really nice (and nice still matters!) person, makes you a triple threat!
    Destiny

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  7. Looks great and I like the new poster! Alison

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  8. I LOVED your cabinets before. This made me kinda sad, but as long as you're happy it's all good ☺️

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  9. I love your cabinets & bar stools! Where did you purchase the stools?

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  10. I love the glass canisters on your counter. Did you paint the lids??? I have been looking for some and have not been able to find any with brass lids...Thanks!!!

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  11. Laura in MississippiFebruary 13, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Kristen...I just found your blog via Jenny at Little Green Notebook, and I just love it! Your kitchen looks so lovely. We just renovated our kitchen and I have SW Snowbound on my kitchen cabinets also, although our kitchen is a very different style from yours. It is a farmhouse kitchen. ANYWAY, I wanted to ask you....is the grout in your subway tile backspalsh gray? We are still deciding on the backsplash, and I am leaning towards white subway tile with gray grout. What do you think? :)

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  12. Hi! I love reading your blog and seeing that someone else enjoys rearranging their home just as much as I do! :) I love your ideas and your custom art work too. I really really liked your cabinets 'before', but WOW I LOVE them white! Your kitchen looks so great!! Thanks for sharing. All of your ideas are very inspirational. :)
    -Amy Bordeaux / Seattle, WA

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  13. Did you sand the cabinets before putting the primer on? They look incredible and I'm about to do the same project ;)
    Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  14. Are the globe pendants the 8" from West Elm? I'm looking for something just like this..

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