I can’t believe that it’s been more than a month since I’ve posted. I don’t think that’s ever happened before, and I appreciate the notes from readers checking in on me! May was a super crazy month with the kids finishing school, one coming home from college, one graduating high school, along with all of the celebrations that entails. Including a graduation party at our house. Not to mention all of the kitchens and projects that I had going on at the same time. My bad. I know better. However, I do have some great things to show you as a result of this lull, and the first one I’m excited to share is the Cabinet Painting Giveaway Kitchen! I finished it last week, and it is spectacular, if I do say so myself. Let’s check out the full reveal of these cabinets that were transformed in Decorator’s White!
The homeowners are an absolutely adorable young family, and avid DIY’ers, working on their “vintage” home to make it their own. They’ve done some awesome projects, which I shared here, and their kitchen cabinets have been on their “to do” list as well. Luckily, their kitchen layout is a good one, and the cabinets weren’t original to the house, and were perfect candidates for painting. I love that they go all the way to the ceiling too.
I ended up spraying this kitchen, both frames and doors for a couple of reasons. 1) I’m using a new product that requires a catalyst to be added to the paint product, and does best with spraying (more on that later). 2) There are some detailed panels on the end cabinets, and one in a more random spot (to the right of the open shelving in the photo above), and in the interest of uniformity I didn’t want to brush and roll those and then have the doors next to them sprayed.
I’m actually considering doing more spraying on site after doing this job. While the prep is tedious, I’m thinking that in some ways the time evens out over the course of the project in time saved with painting. But I also spend more money on supplies as a result. It just depends. Some kitchens lend themselves to spraying more than others.
As for the product I used – Milesi Waterborne 2k – it’s a game changer. I am always looking to learn and improve my skillset in this niche, and have been reading a lot about this product and the durability and finish that it provides. It’s not something you’ll find in your local paint store, and it was a little intimidating to me since like I said, it requires measuring, mixing and catalyzing. No one told me there would be math and chemistry involved in cabinet painting when I started doing this… But really, once I got over my fear, it was not a big deal. It sprays beautifully, and the finish is like butter. I mean buttah. Trust me when I say I just wanted to rub my face on it, it felt so velvety smooth. I can’t even explain it. You have to feel it to believe it.
But just look at it… You can kind of get the idea.
You can see that the homeowners swapped out the hardware, and that alone looks super sophisticated. It’s a beautiful brushed brass finish, and really speaks to their taste and style. Let’s take a look at the full reveal, shall we?
And yes, the backsplash was previously painted by the homeowners (which they are eventually going to replace), and the counters will eventually be replaced with quartz. But, people work on a budget, and this is real-life. Everything doesn’t happen at once. But I think the cabinets are definitely a good start to taking this kitchen to the next level. And the Decorator’s White paint color for their cabinets was chosen with future updates in mind.
I’m so glad that I decided to do a giveaway kitchen, and I’m thinking about doing it again next year. So stay tuned for another opportunity! Upon finishing this project, I got the sweetest thank you note, and a gorgeous house plant that’s perfectly for my design taste. I love that I can help out a homeowner in the same way that you all have helped me to pursue blogging and this small business of mine. 🙂
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