Sunday, January 10, 2016

Blue and White Kitchen Cabinet Reveal



If you were to take a look in my closet, wedding photos, or pinterest board for home, art, or fashion, you'd notice one major theme - blue and white.  I seem to gravitate towards anything coastal, cool tones, and crisp clean lines.  We renovated our kitchen in our last home similarly, but with more trends from the aughts.  Busy granite counters instead clean marble inspired quartz, bold walls vs. cool neutral almost white greys, and natural stone vs classic ceramic subway tile.   


So when we purchased this (below), we knew it would take lots of sweat equity and some saved up funds bring it out of 1993.



Striping the wall paper was the first task, then repainting (BM Revere Pewter @ 50% strength), and installing new hardwoods.  



Since we had some other major reno's (a new roof, ugh) when we moved in, we had no choice decided to live with the kitchen with scratched blue laminate counters, DIY tin backsplash, and chipped white cabinets.  It wasn't ideal, or the prettiest backdrop, but it functioned fine. 





I previously went over how I repainted the upper cabinets white, and I painted the lower cabinets the same.  I used Benjamin Moore's Advance paint line in semi-gloss color matched to SW Cyberspace. I had a tough time deciding on a almost black, dark blue, and made the decision after I kept coming back to images from this kitchen.  Now after living with it a few months, I still absolutely love it.   I painted the cabinets the same, especially making sure to really scrub them first.  Being lower cabinets, they especially had their fair share of grime from spills, sticky fingers, and muck from dogs. A did a light sanding and used a small foam roller to apply the paint. 









Painting the cabinets was definitely an undertaking, but I did it completely by myself, the finish has held up, and looks just as great as our professional painted cabinets from our last house.  Except it easily cost me under $100, where paying a professional cost a few thousand.

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