Thursday, July 23, 2009

Details, Details, Details!

Oh my gosh! You guys like it! You really, really LIKE it!!! Ok, I'm not usually an all "bring on the compliments and keep 'em coming" kinda girl. But I worked so hard on this kitchen that I have to admit reading you comments has me giddy.

Ok, enough about me :). On to the details! I know there are a lot of tutorials out there on painting cabinets (where do you think I learned!?) so I won't go into that...unless you want me to, then totally!

To be honest, I used to H.A.T.E. white kitchens. Seriously. Whenever I saw white cabinets I would wonder if the people didn't have a choice. Then I took up reading decorating blogs and was bombarded (you know what I'm talking about!) with images of white kitchens and I FELL IN LOVE. So every morning I'd come down stairs and cringe at my dark cabinets, cursing them for being so blah. I know it wasn't their fault. After all, I PICKED them just 2.5 short years ago. But it was time for change. So after a month of trying to convince the Mr. and showing him ENDLESS pictures of gorgeous white kitchens he finally gave the green light.

First thing on the agenda, choose a paint color. I didn't want bright white so I went with Bear's Powdered Snow. Now that it's done I honestly think I could've stood to go even a little creamier but I'm happy.

Then came the little details because it's ALL about the details.

I put beadboard on the sides on the cabinets to make them look more finished.

I thought it would add some architechtural intrest to add height to one of the cabinets. The one over the microwave seemed to make the most sense. And I was right. This is one of my favorite parts! No more straight line. It looks grander, if just a little, don't ya think?

Then we added the crown...

My $25 Kohler sink and $100 super fabulous faucet...

My totally redone island (details of which I'm saving for a DIY partay!)...

Then there was the little detail of cutting out two of the door panels and replacing them with glass. This did force me to paint the inside of the cabinets which was kind of a drag but I threw some beadboard in there and whalla!


And mayhaps my very favorite detail...the little "feet" on the bottom of each cabinet. I painted the toe kicks a dark color to kinda "hide" them. I luuurve this!!! I don't know how I ever lived without these before. I feel like these little "feet" take the cabinets from "eh" to totally charming.

Thanks so much again for stopping by and leaving me those super awesome comments!!! They're totally encouraging and mean a TON.

Next up, pics and details from my "brand new" living room!

xoxo

10 comments:

Sharla said...

for your beadboard - did you use the sheets?

Julia said...

Ooh how pretty. I love it. I wonder about little feet on my cabinets too.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I am still in awe over your kitchen, I love it so much! I have one of those horrid kitchens that looks like a hallway, ugh.

Thanks for stoppin by my blog!

Becky said...

I'm here again to drool over this kitchen redo. I can't believe your husband agreed after only 2.5 yrs of those wood cabinets. I'm going to have to approach my guy with caution :)

Aimee said...

Your kitchen reno is just AMAZING! AWESOME job! I'm inspired!!

Adie said...

I am SO impressed! My husband and I were going to redo our kitchen but now we just have to paint cabinets and do it on the cheap. This is SUCH an inspiration because we were pretty bummed. I LOVE the beadboard idea. Our cabinets are a similar style to yours (but ours are older and I am sure cheaper). WHat do you think bead board on the front would look like? Thank you SO much!!

Girly Girl said...

LOVE the kitchen. I found you by googling painted kitchens! I am amazed and totally inspired. I painted mine over the weekend in SW Creme, but I have brushstrokes. How is it that I don't see any in your pictures? More tips please!

lil mama said...

Thanks so much for the super sweet and encouraging comments! They mean sooo much!!!

Girly Girl - I used foam rollers that are made specifically for furniture/cabinets and they seriously leave such a smooth finish!

edeenut said...

I am looking for a small curtain rod for my kitchen and yours is just what I had in mind, can you share where you found it??
Thanks!

lil mama said...

Absolutely, edeenut! I got them from JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts. It was a while ago but I'm think I've seen that they still have them!