So here is my incomplete kitchen.
Nice and bright and finally hardware.Need to install the rest as you can see.But looks great already.
My open cabinets.I still need to finish the inside.You will see that in my other photos.
I will paint those stools.Another project that will have to wait for now.
As you can see I did not paint my desk or the cabinet above.Not sure if I am going to paint the cabinet above or not.Those little slots will not be fun to paint.And I like the little bit of wood in here.You can see by the arrows that the paint was not sticking.That is what happens with fake wood.The real wood was the facing and doors and molding.
I love how these turned out.Just the look I wanted.A bit worn and old looking.I did not use any dark glaze just sanded them.Love how the hardware looks.
I am very happy with how this all turned out.I will share how I painted my hardware in another post.But it was all shiny brass.I have some cup drawer pulls I still have to instal.They really turned out great.I am really happy with them.
I am not going to share a tutorial on my painting.But let me tell you this it was not easy at all.
I was not sure what paint I wanted to use.I had done research for quite some time.And I was torn between oil based vs.Chalk paint.The reason I was torn was not the time involved(because this is a big project no matter what you chose keep that in mind) but the look I wanted.I knew that a factory finished look was not for me.I think it looks great and I have seen beautiful kitchens but it is not me.I would not have been happy with it.So I went with Annie Sloan chalk paint.I know some of you painters out there are probably saying “Is she crazy?”. As I was painting I sort of thought I was.But I am happy to say I am thrilled with the results.The color I chose was pure white.I decided not to use old white because my wall color is similar to that color.And I wanted to see a difference between my walls and my cabinets.
BUT…just know even with chalk paint this is NOT an easy one day or a couple of hour project at all! It was messy sanding I tried to be as neat as I could.The wax was turning yellow on my cabinets not sure why.I used Fiddes.I have used that on many pieces of furniture.I have never had that happen.So I had to re-sand…again.I am going to give Annie Sloan wax a try.I will pick up a can next week.I expected it to turn a little darker.But not yellow.So you can see how this turned into a bigger project than expected.This was very messy.
I am glad I used this because it is the look I wanted and it was easier to sand this down than layers of oil based paint and primer.I wanted it a bit worn and sanded down.I would not use this if it was not your intent.You will be disappointed if you do.
I am really happy with our nice bright kitchen.In picking our cabinets out I did not realize how dark it was going to be in our kitchen.And in the winter months here when it is dark and gloomy it will still feel nice and bright inside.
Even Mr. Cottage is happy with the results.And he usually does not comment on things.He was not happy in the beginning with me painting.But is happy with the results.Although he did say this ” I have to admit the cabinets look great.But they looked good the way they were too “. Thanks honey I appreciate you being so patient and trusting me.You are the best!
Today I have to get busy lots of work to be done.I start to move into my space a week from today.
Thanks for stopping by.Hope you have a great day!
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