4/2/09

My Newly Painted Cabinets!

For a Tutorial Post on how to paint Harlequin look HERE!
From This:


To This: Ahh......

Unbelievable what a little paint, 2 and a half weeks, 14 Excedrin, and just as many Sonic runs and pizza nights can do to a kitchen.
This was crazy. I admit. You have to be "a few screws loose, bugged every time you look at your kitchen, sick of the walls closing in around you stir crazy," to attempt this... if you have children, in some odd way you do this for your sanity. This kind of remodeling builds character and great survival skills for all in the house. But then, you get to come downstairs after your little chipmunks are in bed and get a drink of water in this heaven of a room...(it's still not finished. Need: Cabinet hardware, under cab lighting, and those fancy scrolly woody thingys that look like they're holding up your cabinets but they really aren't... I'm saving up and paying cash- this was an all cash $150 remodel).

In this kitchen, all my problems melt away.... I forget....

Until I turn around and see what I cleared off all the counters to take those lovely shots. Ahhh... reality. The daily living that I so bravely face. The scene that to me is "Groundhog Day" every day... 20 dirty cups used once by 6 different kiddos... life.


Oh, I almost forgot! Make sure you visit back next week. Jen from The Magic Brush is stopping in for a surprise! You won't want to miss it!

There will be more to come on this kitchen. We're saving for cabinets on either side of the sink (another painting project) and I'll post when the hardware is on... I'm pretty undecided right now on the bottom hardware. Any suggestions?

49 comments:

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Wow! Great job on your kitchen! It makes me want to start taking the doors of mine! ☺ Diane

Katie said...

Amazing- love it ( ;

Mom in High Heels said...

Unbelievable! What a fantastic job. Love. It.

mishebe said...

Looks really good. Great idea on those doors. Mishelle

Chari said...

Oooh...I've been waiting for the reveal! My friend, what a wonderful job you've done on transforming those cabinets! I just love the harlequin design...so pretty...so french!!! They really lightened up your entire kitchen too! Beautifully done!!! Congratulations...enjoy!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

gopg8r said...

Wow!! What a beautiful job!! It looks amazing!!!!! Hope you have lots of peaceful time in that gorgeous kitchen.

The Real Me! said...

Wow! It totally brightens up the whole space. Great Job!!!
Blessings,
Kim

Wanda said...

Ah! Your kitchen looks BEAUTIFUL! Thank you SO much for sharing your cabinet painting story...I'm about to attempt painting my hideous cabinets.

Pam said...

You have absolutely inspired me! The change in your kitchen is amazing! My cabinets need painted very badly. I've been kicking around what to with them. Hmm. I wonder if harlequin would go with my toile Roman shades...

Do you think you could be persuaded to do a post on how you actually did the harlequin pattern? Pretty please?

Dawn said...

I, too, am totally inspired by what you did in your kitchen! It's just beautiful!

I'll be eagerly anticipating the steps to come!

~Dawn

The Masked Mommy said...

I love painted cabinets, and these are too cute! You did such a great job. :-)

Kristy said...

Oh my word, they came out awesome! The part I liked the best was the other side of the kitchen where it looked totally like mine does with all the dishes! Thanks for keepin' it real!

Kira said...

Check out Hobby Lobby for your hardware. It is 1/2 off right now and they have some pretty fun stuff. If you want something more basic though Target has a bunch on clearance. I just picked some good ones there for a little over a buck a piece....plus they sell diet coke and chocolate :)
P.S. Lee and I will be by for a visit to take in the full beauty :) They look great.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Your cupboards look fabulous! I admire your courage in painting them; we've got oak cabinets (from previous owner!) and I am getting up the nerve to paint them. They are so dark and dreary.

Hardware? Hmm... Pewter? Or pewter look? I think it might work nicely with the soft colors of both upper and lower cabinets.

A friend of mine who has 7 children told me that in her house, doing cleanup is like putting beads on a string, with NO KNOT on the end.... you never finish.

thanks for sharing and inspiring!
Cass

A Touch of Country said...

I am impressed! How beautiful! PLUS even more beautiful is the fact that you paid cash for your updates...no credit cards....YEAH!

I wish I was more patient like that...I am working on it....sigh...

Painter's Place said...

It's so pretty. You did such a good job. WE are still working on our kitchen re-do!

DESJ and Company said...

OMG I'm DYING!
How did you do the harlequin? How did you tape it off? I have plain cream (painted by me) cabinets and would LOVE to jazz them up.

Chris said...

It looks absolutely fabulous!! What a difference! Job well done!

Ferrill said...

Wow! Your kitchen looks amazing! What a difference.

Frosty said...

Amazing transformation! Makes me want to run to SW for some pain and do a little project myself.

salmagundi said...

How you did all of that with your family in house is amazing!! Great job. Sally

ilovemy5kids said...

I love it!!! What a great idea!!!

I need the inspiration we are about to paint the office and I can't figure out what to do??!!?!

Sarah said...

Whoa that is like a stop you in your tracks kinda transformation. That is amazing and all your hard work has paid off. Great job!
Sarah

Melanie said...

That is amazing!!!!!! You have the patience of a Saint.
What a terrific job!!!!

SHURTER'S :) said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it! It sure is amazing what a little paint can do! It looks so clean and bright! Love it! Great Job! :)

Vivienne said...

Those harlequin cabinets are gorgeous! Excellent job!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Your cabinets look fabulous!!!! And I really enjoyed your "keeping it real" photo of the sink & dishes. I always have to move stuff out of the way to take photos for my blog. I'm just glad to find out I am not alone. Thanks for making me feel normal. But then, I don't have 6 kids. Just 3 adults that act like 6 kids.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Wow!!! You sure worked hard...looks great. :)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It looks amazing! You do good work.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

WOW. I mean...WOW!!!! I've never seen anything like this and I love it!! I am so impressed...great job. I love that bell on the side of the cabinet too. Wow.

Onlinehandyman said...

Beautiful job! In our house clearing the counters and sink is a full days work let alone painting and redecorating.

I would love to know how you got the design on the cabinet door fronts - very nice!

Erin said...

It is absolutely gorgeous and you all should be so proud of yourselves. What an accomplishment!

An Accomplished Woman said...

What a great job. I love it. And you are inspiring me to tackle my cabinets.

Cynthia

Denise said...

WOW! Your kitchen turned out FABULOUS! Love it.
Thanks for sharing and for being an inspiration to us all.
Denise

Sit A Spell said...

Love it !!! That's a lot of long hours!

Caroline said...

Great transformation! You can tell that you put alot of thought into the design.

JANE said...

WOW!! Looks great Pretty!

Katy said...

This looks fabulous..paint is a wonderful wonderful savior in my book.
You are welcome to come checkout what I did w/ paint in my entryway and hallway.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful!!! I put it on my tumblr. Way to go, girl!

kari and kijsa said...

Your cabinets turned out beautifully! Love the pattern and design...Hey wait...that sink looks familiar..we have one of those at our house LOL!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Angela said...

Wow...I just found your website and I love it! I am a homemaker/homeschooling mom of 5 wonderful kids. 3 boys/2 girls. Married to my darling hubby for nigh unto 18 years. I felt we were kindred spirits when you were commenting about 20 dirty cups used only one time, and something about laundry being done for 10 minutes...THAT is my life too!!! Loved your kitchen redo!!!

Angie

Cottagecheap said...

I like the geometric pattern on the doors. To me, they call for 'swirly' freeform type hardware! But that is just my artsy fartsy personality yappin'. I shall beat her back into check later!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow!!!! You did a fabulous job, I LOVE the pattern. Do you see that in your sleep now? Have nightmares about painters' tape? Thanks for showing us the other side before I got all jealous about your spotless kitchen and all... :)

Girly Stuff said...

It looks great!!!

Teresa said...

Hi I'm coming over from TIR Your kitchen is fabulous- it is truly amazing what a little paint can do...and of course it helps to have some talent =) look great

Kelly Knox said...

Looks great! I love the idea! Check out the cabinets I did too!

sweetfunkyvintage said...

Looks Awesome!
missy

Angela said...

I love green too! Seeing your real-life pictures of your sink and dishes made me feel so great...sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who is fighting the dirty dish monster! Thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Okay, so I'm late to this party! : ) Did you ever take an after shot that showed the fabric with the cabinets?

That is a gorgeous fabric and I can't blame you for decorating around it!

 
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