Monday, July 28, 2014

Painted Kitchen Cabinets~ Revealed!

Hi Friends!
In my last post I told you I was finished with the kitchen cabinet painting
and would share some pics soon.
Well today, here they are 
I have a lot of pics~
 so get comfy and thanks for sharing in my project.


When we purchased this home nearly 20 years ago
the cabinets selected by the previous owners, were the same beautiful oak
from the kitchen to the bathrooms and 2 rooms with built in desks.
The library, which I have decided to keep original for the library feel of the space is also the
same cabinetry.

Over the years I have painted every room of cabinets to a lighter look but for some reason
I've been slow to complete the kitchen.
 I suppose I was just not sure if going lighter was the 
thing to do here.
However, last week I decided it was time and after 3 days of prepping,
painting, waxing and swinging my paint brush, it's complete and I could not be happier to bring a lighter look
to this otherwise, dark kitchen.

The room has come a long way
 from white laminate counter tops with floors and cabinets all the same wood,
to granite counters, Tuscan tiled floor, black accent pieces, off white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
We also added the bar pendants and chandelier over the island taking down the dated light-box.
It is a blessing to have a hubby that can do all sorts of home improvements.
Thank you LJ

So now, old world cottage has met a little Tuscan, Farmhouse and a bit of Vintage charm.

Here are a few before pics.

To begin,
I gathered my paint and supplies and for the next three days,
this wonderful brush and sponge roller were my best friends.
I also use a 1 inch brush for reaching tiny places in corners and doors.
You see, I have a technique leaving the doors hanging while I paint. I do take out the drawers
and of course remove all hardware but I prefer to paint the doors in place.
This is why the small brush comes in handy to reach in those small areas between the frame and doors.
For me it takes no extra time then removing and replacing.

The paint I used was Pecan Sandie (a light off white) Behr Flat Paint with Primer right in the paint.
It goes on smooth and free of brush strokes which I love.
I gave every inch of these cabinets two coats of paint.

After all was dry, I sanded high points for a light distress
and sealed the finish with a all purpose liquid wax like sealer from Deco Art Americana .
I also smooth sanded with 0 steel wool over the sealer for a soft finish. 

At this point I could have also antiqued over the soft finish,
but thought it would bring back the dark tones again that I tried to lighten for the room.

Now ~ I'll just take you around the finished room from here.

The island and stove were painted last year
 and I left those the same except to add new draw pulls on the island.

I also paint out the toe kicks on these pieces black and added deck posts or bun feet to the bottoms to give them a free standing look of furniture.
Again wood appliques were used on the stove vent cabinet and doors top and bottom.

The bottom corner cabinet by the baskets is a pull out 2 shelf  lazy susan.

 Wood appliques added to the sink in a fresh white for a tone on tone look which I am really loving.

This Tuscan painting on the dishwasher below
is a large magnet and easy to clean.

Love the large deep sink.
A farm style  feel but keeping with the front cabinets.

To this area below, I took off the door and added
basket drawers accented with hand crocheted lace made by my grandmother.
These hold dish towels and give a little interest to the space.
The cabinet hardware and sink faucet is rubbed oil bronze, adding to the Tuscan look and feel.

To the cook top cabinet,
I added appliques and barley twist wood trim to finish 
with bun feet at the bottom and distress throughout.
In fact, the whole kitchen has been given a light distress.
Nothing over the top, just a little sanding on the high points of the cabinets.
The distress is hard to see in the pics, but it is there and just the right amount of shabby without
being too chippy. LOL

Above the stove area below which is surrounded with brick, giving it an old world style.
Inside this area is a pretty ceiling light, but was hard to photo.

The island with the bun feet and new drawer pulls.

Loved these pulls with a little bling!

To the bar area below I
added iron kick accents and 3 iron counter brackets in black.

Near the breakfast area is a built in china cabinet.

This area below is a pull out pantry.

Handy pullout storage shelves. To the door I created a little cork board and rose push pins
for handy notes, recipes and grocery lists.

and next to that, is another pull out section of storage drawers.

Breakfast table over looks the pool and patio.
The french doors here go to the library/family room and then outside.

The pedestal table is from the late 1800's.

Here are a few more pics from around the room.

The framed art piece above the stove was a painting I found several years ago while
browsing the prints at Hobby Lobby. I had it framed in an old world style frame just for this spot.
The tile changes around the piece in a smaller design and pattern but the same tile color.
I did not want this to be too busy.

The white cow pitcher is from Italy.

I've used a pop of aqua throughout for the summer.

Having the room in neutrals gives me the advantage of changing accents colors
for the seasons.

The walls are Heirloom Lace also by Behr and I am really loving the tone on tone of a lighter look.

Canvas painting.

This one was painted by me in an art study many years ago.

Large European canvas.

Another area where I took off the cabinet doors and painted the inside of the cabinet too.
This makes the room look bigger and wider.
I can change the dishes for added color when I want a new look.
I am thinking of bringing in my blue and white for a change this fall.

Side cabinets for display.

From the entry way going into the kitchen.

On the island, I added a wire basket with aqua berry bowl,
grapes, pot of tiny boxwood and a Art Deco rooster.
Easy to pick up and move when I need the room on the island.

Love adding faux lemons to my drink dispenser when not in use.
I have seen one in a showroom with faux ice cubes that looked amazing.
I have yet to find the ice cubes.

Above the entrance from the dining room,
Live, Laugh and Love

Counting our blessings with this wall reminder we see each and everyday.

Well that's it.
Thanks for staying to the end and sharing in my kitchen cabinet painting.
It was fun, but I am glad to be done.



Much Brighter!

Have you painted your kitchen cabinets?
In some cases it should never be done~ but in this kitchen
it was a good change and has given this space a lighter and brighter look.

Thank you for your visits, comments and a warm welcome to my new followers.
Have a wonderful day and see you soon.
Celestina Marie


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Painted Vintage Side Table

First off, I have to tell you~~~~
The Kitchen cabinets are completed.
It took me 3 days from start to finish.
Painted, Sealed and Finished.

However, I don't have pics to share yet, but I will soon.

Today I want to share this sweet vintage side table I found a few months ago.

When I saw this little gem at one of my favorite antique markets, it just had to come home with me.
With a flip open top for storage, it is built very sturdy and the perfect size.

I knew it would be right at home in my sitting room.
So out with the chalk paint and the makeover began!
I used Lace, by DecoArt. 
It is one of my favorites colors now. Not a true white, more like a soft vanilla ice cream.

Here it is now.
I was going to add more details on the skirt, but decided less was more and with a little distress and the natural aging on the edge, it's perfect.

Look at the light crackle that happened on the edge.

I added a glass knob to the table front.

When I found the table, I also found this beautiful little candy dish.
Pure joy!

I left the aqua accents to the mix for summer and painted this little birdhouse.

In my recent post for this room you saw black accents in here.
Since then I moved the black rug, tables and accents to the library and here is the new look.
I am loving the tone on tone of whites and creams, 
and the best part~
I found this gorgeous rug with that combo too.

Have you painted any furniture lately?
Have you tried DecoArt Chalk Paint?


Thank you for stopping by.
I love it when you visit and leave a few words.

See you soon with some kitchen pics!


Before I go, I have to share my gorgeous jewelry win 

Gorgeous blue earrings and bracelet set in gold with crystals and beads.
and this beautiful rose, pearls and pink crystal set.
Thank you Jan,
I love them both and so excited to have won.

Celestina Marie


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