Friday, January 24, 2014

Painted!

Did it!

I painted the cabinets yesterday and I am VERY happy with the outcome. Yes, I still want to add some trim and moulding work to make them a little more interesting, but for now, this is how they'll stay. 

I didn't take proper photos with my good camera yet, so this is just a peek! I finished at like 9:30 last night, so it was still dark, and it was a happy surprise to wake up this morning and love the color and love the paint. I'm staring at them now. Ahhhh.


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This was when I started priming. I could tell that I was making the right decision!

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all primed. I used the Zinsser SHELLAC primer, made for all surfaces. It is perfect with that weird Ikea material. The shellac is kind of cool - it is really drippy and super thin, but it doesn't drip that much on the surface you're painting or onto the floor, because it dries SO fast. It's crazy. I'm a big fan, incase you can't tell. 



it probably only took me an hour or so for each coat.  I always take the cabinet doors and drawers off the stalls to paint when I paint for clients, but since this was my house, and I could tell that it would be faster and possible to NOT take them off, I didn't. I have no stalls that need paint (hidden stalls, as you can see), and the planes on the cabinets are flat, so I just rolled on. It was so fast and easy.

After I was finished, I decided to go grab some color samples. I used Sherwin Williams because there is a SW near my house, and I knew that I wanted to do samples and didn't want to drive fifteen minutes each way to Ben Moore twice in an hours! Plus, I have used their ProClassic line a few times now for cabinets, and I am a fan. It's what I used in our bathroom, and it's held up really well - zero chips or dings. Sometimes clients will select SW colors, and I always use the line of paint that the chip is from - other wise you risk it not being an exact match, and that is dangerous! Live and learn.

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Anyway, I got two samples: Extra White and Snowbound

Extra White is what our white trim and walls are in the rest of the house. I had the entire row of whites out, but Extra White was the prettiest stark, clear white, yet again. However, once I saw the stark white next to our countertops, I realized how creamy the countertops are, so I knew I needed something a little creamier to go with the countertops AND the white subway tile backsplash. So I got a sample of Snowbound, which is a slightly creamier white with a hint of gray. 

Snowbound is the sample on the left in the photo above. I always suggest doing your sample in several places, not just one. I did it next to the window where you see natural light, and then also to the side, where it's mostly artificial light shining. I also did some right under the countertop and right next to the subway tile, so I could see the color with those finishes, too. Snowbound it is! It was the perfect shade. I actually intended to get it lightened 25%, but forgot to tell the guy. I'm really happy with the outcome though - I don't think it  needed to be lightened.


and finally, some final result photos for you guys!

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yay!


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I love it. So fresh and so bright. MUCH better. Now I just need that trimwork added :)

I'm thinking trim at the top, too.


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I really like it with the countertop - I think it makes the countertops seem grayer, which is good since I wanted them to be Cararra marble-ish from the beginning, anyway. I think if I had've gone with Extra White, it would've made them seem cream. 

A home run - I am happy. 

Have a great weekend, y'all.

30 comments:

  1. It looks great! Thank you for sharing. I have been looking at a lot of whites for my cabinets and this was very helpful.

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    1. good! I'm glad my wordiness made sense. I'm always hesitant to post too much wordage, but sometimes people do want to know my thought process...

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  2. Looks fantastic! Are your countertops quartz? We're looking at new counters, and I also wanted something Carrera marble-ish. Thanks!

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    1. yes, they're caesarstone. i chose these from the tier that i was allowed to choose from when he was building the house (the contractor), and they were closest to carrara, but they actually have another one that is even closer! it was just not in the price point i was allowed to choose from :) these are a little grayer than them, though - they were more white.

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  4. Hey, good for you I am so glad you are happy with it. It looks great, nice and bright and fresh. Love the power of paint. Happy Friday! Alison

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  5. They look awesome! (Boy you work fast...) Destiny

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  6. They look awesome! What kind of countertops do you have? I love that style and color.

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    1. Thanks! They're Caesarstone.. I am not sure of the exact color, but it was the one closest to resembling cararra in the tier that I was allowed to pick from when choosing them for the house!

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  7. It looks fantastic! I love your cabinet hardware too - so chic!

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  8. Gorgeous!!!! I'm just amazed by you!

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  9. did you paint the insides of the doors or just the fronts? it looks sooo much better, love! : )

    ps- you're counters are called misty carrera by caesarstone, it also comes in honed finish. (i work for a countertop company) : )

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    1. aw thanks! i didn't paint the insides of the doors yet! going to do that later.

      and yes, you are right about the name of the color!

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  10. Kristen, this just looks amazing! I can't get over what a difference the white made and I'm loving that new rug. I've gotten behind on reading my blogs this last week and was going back through yours, and I have to say, you have my favorite house ever. So stylish, so much personality, I just love it! I love that master bath too. Wow.

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    1. oh wow!! that means so much - thank you lindsay!!

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  11. Wow! What a fabulous transformation, and great choice for the hardware, too!

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  12. Love the cabinets. Great job! You have such a great style. I'm saving up for some improvements and your home is one of my favorite inspirations. Would you mind sharing your wall colors as well? Thanks

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    1. aw thanks! wall color is colonnade gray by sherwin williams! the white walls throughout the rest of our house is extra white, as is the trim.

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  13. It looks amazing!! Love that carpet too

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  14. It makes me so happy to see how gorgeous this turned out! We are in the process of painting our old ugly kitchen cabinets white, and so far I'm loving it. Can't wait to see the finished product!! Now to decide on hardware...

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  15. Home run girl:). I will never get tired of white cabinets......never!

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  16. Such a transformation - they look fantastic white!

    Can i ask where the drawer pulls are from?

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  17. Super website with a great sharing and amazing stories is ur web.. please keep doing what u do now.. thanks to you.
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