Recall for a moment what our kitchen looked like just a couple weeks ago. We loved that dark teal with the glossy swirls for a handful of years, but it was just time for a change.
I laid out some more details about why we painted the walls white in this post, and it really brightened up the room sooooo much.
To be honest, when I painted the walls white, I wasn’t sure what the *#^& I was gonna do next. I really just wanted a blank slate to make decisions without the distraction of the dark teal.
- Paint the walls a different (lighter) color?
- Leave the walls and paint the cabinets?
- Paint both?
- Strip the cabinets down to the wood (NEVER) …(EVER) … (IN A MILLION YEARS would I take the time to strip kitchen cabinets) (so this was a hypothetical bullet point)
I usually don’t have a plan… I just go one step at a time, and make decisions as I go. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I WOULD MAKE A TERRIBLE INTERIOR DESIGNER.
But one thing I did know… I wanted the cabinets to extend up to the ceiling. You might remember awhile back I scribbled out a little sketch of what I wanted my ‘someday kitchen’ to look like.
If you take only ONE THING away from the entirety of my story/blog, let it be that someday isn’t EV-VER going to happen unless you make someday today. That’s my little motivational message for the day.
Friends, let me just take this opportunity to proclaim that I MARRIED THE MOST WONDERFUL MAN. Not only is he capable/knowledgeable/skilled enough to do pretty much anything… he’s also willing. (even though he JUST built the cabinets in our ‘Laundry Suite‘ and more cabinets for the woodshop)
He’s also an amazing teacher… not that I can take credit for any of this genius.
While he was busy building custom cabinet doors, I removed all the existing doors, drawer faces, and hardware. Scrubbed them with warm soapy water, sanded them, and laid them out for painting. (take note of the blatantly obvious reason we will never have open shelving)
Are you ready to talk about paint color? You’re gonna hafta just stay with me on this one.
This is called ‘Lively Yellow; by Sherwin Williams. But it has a greenish tint to it… I would describe it as a mellow chartreuse. Don’t freak out yet!
I like that it’s a little bit obnoxious, and a lot AWESOME.
Depending on your computer monitor, this may be showing up just plain yellow. But in real life, it has a yellow/green tint… like a pale chartreuse.
With the walls being white and the cabinets being bright… the whole room feels so light and happy. And the mirrors behind those top cabinet doors make the room feel bigger and reflect light too.
We’re in the process of saving our pennies for new appliances. Ain’t nobody got a few grand lying around. My ‘new’ cabinets are making want the new ones ASAP! Can you picture new stainless appliances in place of the off-white/black ones?
The funny thing is that this whole kitchen re-transformation started that day when I impulsively took a reciprocating saw to the island to give it a breakfast bar. Sometimes you just need to make a decision to be fearless and start somewhere!