kitchen chronicles: cabinet updates

So far, the room in our house that has seen the biggest facelift is our kitchen. There are definitely other rooms that need updating as well, but the kitchen was one of our top priorities given that a) it was pretty gross and 2) it’s where we spend a good deal of time, so we were eager to make it feel more “us”.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably picked up on the fact that I am a sucker for a white kitchen. Although the wall colors in our last two kitchens have been yellow and blue, if I’m honest with myself, I really prefer clean, neutral spaces (as I noted in my last post ). So, we continued with the same wall color (Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing) that we used in the living and dining rooms, although there is actually very little wall space in the kitchen that won’t eventually be covered by backsplash tile (another reason that introducing a whole new color didn’t really make sense).

I initially wanted to go with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (one shade lighter on the paint strip) for the cabinets and trim, but after buying some and seeing it on the trim, I was worried that it was a bit too cream (here is where I kick myself for not buying a tester first like we usually do- hate makes waste, people). As a result, we opted for Sherwin Williams’ Westhighland White, which we used on the cabinets and trim at our last house and loved (don’t mess with a good thing, right? Apparently today is a day for adages.)

We have had our cabinets professionally painted in all three of our houses, and definitely think it’s worth the investment. While we are comfortable with painting the doors and faces of the cabinets ourselves, the fact that we have purchased older homes in need of a little TLC has ended up meaning that the boxes also needed a coat of paint. (In other words, my germaphobic self didn’t want to put clean dishes amongst the nastiness, no matter how times we scrubbed them with Clorox wipes. There were also several weird sticky patches left after we removed the shelf liner and peel-and-stick tile that had been put down, which could’ve made for frustrating adhesion problems.) Paint helps freshen everything up without the much larger expense of replacing the cabinets, and since professionals have the equipment to tackle a job like this with quality and efficiency, we happily handed it over to the pros.

While our painter, Joe, got to work on the cabinets, I took the hinges and screws down to the garage for a healthy dose of spraypaint. This is also something that we did in our last house, and we were thrilled with the results. Since we wanted to save money and stick with the current hinges but also wanted them to match the new cabinet hardware, the best option was to paint them, and since Joe needed to remove them to paint, we capitalized on our opportunity.

One tip: the only part of the screws that you end up really seeing are the heads, so I stuck them into a piece of scrap cardboard before painting to ensure that paint would get in all of the grooves.

I completely forgot to take after pictures, but just picture the hinges and screws with a coat of Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spraypaint, and there you have it.

To end this post with some more baby goodness, I’ll share a repeat of a picture I posted on Facebook but can’t get enough of:

Can you even stand it? I can’t, that’s for sure. This little man is edible.


3 thoughts on “kitchen chronicles: cabinet updates

  1. Hey Ariel – we want to paint our kitchen cabinets but are toying with the idea of hiring someone. Who did you use and was it reasonably priced?

  2. Pingback: kitchen/dining room reveal (well, progress) « Just the Right Angle

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