A few weeks ago I finished a kitchen redesign for a good friend of mine…it was so fun and it turned out beautifully! My friend, Lori, has a great eye for design and so we put our heads together and this is what we came up with:
Here are a couple of before pictures:
The floor is partly pulled up in this picture, but this shows the original builder island. It had a high bar and was angled to close off the kitchen from the eating area. Below is the kitchen with island torn out before construction of the new one.
The cabinets were a beautiful dark wood–but they wouldn’t fit the new light, white look of the kitchen Lori wanted. Painting them was on the remodel checklist!
We hired a contractor to do the project. New floors, a couple of walls removed, the existing island demo’d and rebuilt square with the kitchen, painted cabinets, new lighting and backsplash, countertops and a stone fireplace. It is breathtaking and I give so much credit to Lori who had the vision for what she wanted her kitchen to be.
I painted the cabinets with a Benjamin Moore Advance paint called Milk Paint.
The countertops are a marble looking quartz.
Lori wanted a backsplash that was unique and so when she brought home samples from Floor and Decor (my favorite backsplash go-to warehouse) I jumped on this one. In order to tone it down a bit, Lori went with a white grout. It is definitely a statement piece!
I painted the island black…well not a true black. It’s called Black Tar by Benjamin Moore. I liked the toned down color of this black–a little bit of dark grey in it.
When the contractors framed the island it had these two levels on the side. We capped it in wide bead board and framed it out with some trim for a furniture-like look.
Lori chose pulls for her island that were different than her cabinets in order to make it look like a piece of furniture. You can see the stacked stone and wood mantle on the fireplace in the background.
One more big picture look!
Some folks have asked me to teach them how to paint their own cabinets. I am happy to explain! Below is my 6 step process. There are A LOT of tricks and details (like which brushes and rollers I use, and how to mix the paint for a perfect finish) that I have learned and would love to share but it is too much for this post. I am going to create a small mini-course on this blog with all the tips! So stay tuned for that, but here are the basics:
- Remove doors and hardware
- Sand all cabinet doors and frames (enough to take off gloss)
- Prime all doors and frames
- Caulk where needed–usually where the raised frame of the cabinet door meets the panel.
- Paint doors and frames with 3-4 coats of paint, until a the paint is even and smooth.
- Re-attach all cabinet doors and touch up any paint areas needed
I have about 3 more kitchen remodels to show you that I have completed over the last year, so keep an eye out on this blog. If you want to see all my design posts, you can enter your email below and you’ll get my Top 7 Design Tips for your house!
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