Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Shaker Style Cabinets

I have more crazy paintings ideas on my brain, you guys. I recently painted our bathroom cabinets (I'll post photos of that project soon!), and now am considering painting our kitchen cabinets. From the beginning, I wasn't a huge fan of the Sofielund cabinets from Ikea that were installed in our house. I feel bad, because they are brand new, but, it is what it is. I always wanted white kitchen cabinets, and it's what I figured I would be putting into (or painting myself) our new house. Except, we ended up buying a new-build house, and so that idea was flip flopped. Which is totally fine, and I don't dislike our cabinets, I just prefer the look of having all white. It's been 6 months since we moved in, so I'm now itching to change some things that I originally said that I would most likely change. Jordan's down with it, so it's all good. 

Here's what our kitchen cabinets look like:


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I could of course just paint rs will them white. I recently discovered Zinsser's primer for laminate, and it is amazing on that weird Ikea plastic that they make everything out of. But, I know that they'll still look quite modern and super flat with just a white coat of paint. So, I'm considering adding trim? I did some research, and found quite a few DIY tutorials of how to add trim to your cabinet. I knew that I would have to keep the profile still very flat, so that the cabinet doors will open and close next to each other, so that is something to consider. 

Anyway, my favorite type of cabinet is a shaker style.  Here are some favorite cabinet kitchen photos:










So, the common denominator is that they are still clean lines - which I have, and love, so that is good! haha. But, a little more cozy. And, I know these kitchens have gray cabinets and white cabinets - I like both, but would probably do white. Maybe even replace a couple doors with glass doors?


I looked into the option of replacing the fronts with one of Ikea's white door options, but that would still be $$$. We have more than 30 doors. I'm going to do more research before I pull the trigger, and this probably won't happen for a couple more months, but I have been doing all this research and of course I had to share it here. You people understand me! Haha. 

This is the place where I saw the guy added shaker-style trim to his cabinets. Im thinking I could do this, then paint all white. 


See?





We'll see. I'm just getting the wheels turning... no matter what I do, it'll be a big undertaking, so I need to give it some thought. It's funny, with this house, everything is so much more of an undertaking that it's hard to just make quick decisions like I'm used to! At our old condo, I painted the kitchen in one day. I know this would be a few days or maybe even a week, so I need to be thoughtful about it. Hmmm....


What do you guys think?

15 comments:

  1. I prefer a white kitchen as well so I'd paint them. I think your kitchen would look amazing all white!

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    1. thanks lynne! White is just so classic.

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  2. Kristen,
    I say go for it. Maybe paint the cabinets and then live with them as is for a while. Then, add the shaker style trim later? That way it won't be such a huge undertaking.
    It's going to look amazing and clean. Your kitchen has so much going for it, you won't regret a little paint! Keep us posted, can't wait to see what you decide?
    Betsy
    West of the Square Designs

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    1. Thank you Betsy! These comments are so encouraging. I knew you guys would agree!

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    1. i saw your comment, then it disappeared. i really appreciate that input! i did look into the cabinet door replacements with ikea. i'm definitely going to price that out before i do any major DIY stuff on these. it looks like sets of doors are around $100. i'm guessing it'll probably still be around $2000 switch out the doors to ones that i like. hmm... decisions, decisions. either way, this stuff will happen in a few months (after tax season!), so i have some time to think. thank you!

      don't you just want to come build new doors for me ;)

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  4. Wow doors can be expensive yikes. The last one you showed that they added boards too, is a good trick, but I think the boards should be thinner. You don't need to buy new doors with all of your talent. Whatever you do yourself will look great. You have shown amazing work in kitchen cabinets. Instead of white they might look better antiqued or whatever that technique is you do. I agree to make them lighter for sure! Alison

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  5. I say you're as crazy as me (I'm constantly wanting to change something or re-invent the wheel and it drives my everything-should-stay-the-same hubby nuts!), but much scarier than me because you actually have the skills to carry out all your ideas! lol I think the current cabs look fabulous, but extremely modern. I've also seen/read tons of tutorials for adding trim to the fronts and I think they always turn out great! Our kitchen was built in 1966 and had thin wood bump outs with an escutcheon + knob combo smack in the center of the door (have you seen this in your line of work? It's horrifying!) We removed the combo, filled the holes and left the bump outs (to save money), painted everything dover white and now all the doors are charming and I love them! I say trust your gut and go white!

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    1. haha. I don't think it'll be a huge deal to get a handyman to add trim, and I could paint them. We'll see...

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  6. ok I'm just going to throw this idea out there. How about taking down the uppers all together and replacing them with open shelving and then shakering out the lowers. Start the upper shelves at the tile line. There are so many choices on the style of upper shelves. I haven't had any upper cabinets in my last two houses and whereas I will admit there is less storage, I have never found it not workable. -Caitlin

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    1. I love open shelving... but I'm afraid it would start to look toooooo cluttered for me! IT would be hard to keep them perfect all the time! I am considering replacing maybe two of them with glass doors?!

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  7. I love the shaker style cabinets! So, no...I don't think you're crazy ;-) White is classic and fresh, I can't wait to see how it comes together!

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    1. thank you! I agree. I hope I can pull it off!

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  8. Do it, Do it, Do it!!! I'm cheering you on! I too love a white kitchen and shaker style cabinetry is my favorite. My plan is to add trim to my cabinets as well to give it that shaker look and paint them white. I have an extremely tiny kitchen so I think it will only take a day but either way DO IT! I'm excited for you and can't wait to see how the kitchen comes out!!!

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