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Monday, August 1, 2011

When Doves Cry ...

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Yes, after overdosing on chalk paint around my home, my other fave (BM White Dove) was longing to be used again.  So, I finally did something that I've wanted to do for a LONG, long time! 

Our kitchen sits in the middle of our home, not getting direct sunlight.  And, while I love our maple cabinets, it just seemed a bit dull in there.  Weeel, not anymore!

BEFORE:


AFTER:


I lightly sanded (220 grit), primed with Zinsser BIN and applied two coats of White Dove (Satin Impervo).

I'm leaving the base cabs in their original state, so that we still have the warmth of the maple.


And, because you all know by now that I love odd numbers, I'm pleased that I now have three different cabinet colors going on in the kitchen ... the white uppers, maple lowers and Annie Sloan chateaux grey island!




If you've ever thought about painting your cabs (whether they're in great condition or in need of a facelift), go for it!  I know it can be considered a daunting project, but you'll love the results!

One more time ... BEFORE:

Annnnd, AFTER:


And, admittedly, while I love how the white cabinets now tie in with the molding, I am *thinking* about lightly distressing (just along the lines of the panels) and possibly glazing them just a smidge ... giving them more of a custom look.

We'll see ...

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Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
BNOTP/Metamorphosis Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
No Minimalist Here/Open House Thursday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
Miss Mustard Seed/Furniture Feature Friday

 
Thanks for visiting!
Becca


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45 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Becca, they look great and that is a time consuming job. I need to do our bathroom cabinets and keep stalling.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

That is fabulous Becca! You are brave. I would be so afraid I would muss that job up. You did fantastic!

At The Picket Fence said...

Girl, those look fantastic!! You are a painting machine and that title just cracked me up. Your entire kitchen is gorgeous!
Vanessa

Shelia said...

Hi Becca! Oh, your kitchen is so gorgeous! Love the different colors!
You've done well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Becca, Love everthing you touch turns to gold….Lol I mean white too! You have vision and lots of patience!!!!!Your home is stunning and beautiful for your family. Thank you for sharing and keep cool.

Linda said...

You are a brave soul! But as usual...it looks great!!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

AWESOME Becca! I painted mine a little over a year ago and I have NEVER regretted it one bit! I think it looks GREAT!

Lou Cinda

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Becca, you have had me won over with all of your decorating skills for quite some time, but I LOVE your newly painted cabinetry. I am planning on doing my other kitchen cabinets, but it will be a winter time project. Great job!!! They are beautiful.

Lauren@ "Happiness is..." said...

Oh my word, it is gorgeous! Amazing what a little paint does! I also love your Bon apetit sign and artwork by it. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! One day I will have a house that I can do whatever I want with!!

L said...

As usual, my friend, it looks great. You are fearless with a paintbrush! Can you bottle up some of that courage you have and send it to me? I need it! ha-ha

I look forward to seeing if you distress them. I think they would look awesome.

have a great day~ L

FrouFrouBritches said...

Love, love, love it! I, personally, hate to paint, but the effect is fantastic! Lovin' the gray island too. Gorgeous!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

gorgeous!!! I love that you left the bottom cabs stained.

Where did you get the fabric for your stools?

A Southern Rose said...

Beautiful! Love those cabinets. They look so pretty. It looks so much bigger and open in there now. Great job!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Your cabinets look awesome! You are very brave and it turned out great. My living room sits in the middle of our house, thus not getting direct sunlight either. It is hard! Love the new look! :)

Gail said...

They look great Becca! I did mine almost two years ago and I still love them.

Have a wonderful day,
Gail

Brooke said...

Becca, they look so pretty! That was totally what I was thinking that you were thinking!! ;)
www.inside-outdesign.blogspot.com

NanaDiana said...

Becca- Your cabinets look wonderful and I think you did a great job. White Dove has been my GO TO paint for about 12 years. It is still one of my very favorite paints ever...and it wears well. xo Diana

ps. I have a little giveaway going on if you would like to stop by~

Rose H (UK) said...

What a great finish! I've been 'thinking' about painting mine for about three years, I just need a good dose of courage....

Melissa said...

They look amazing! I'm in the process of stripping my cabinets and will be painting them white. I love how it just brightens up a room! Gorgeous blog, btw!

Carri @ Redefining C said...

FAB.U.LOUS!! I absolutely love that you painted the uppers, left the lowers and have a third color on your island. *LOVE, love, LOVE*

At The Picket Fence said...

Fabulous Becca! It all came together very well and you did a great job on them!

Heather

At The Picket Fence said...

Fabulous Becca! It all came together very well and you did a great job on them!

Heather

Judy said...

I really admire anyone who paints their own cabinets because I don't think I'd have the patience. I have very few cabinets in my kitchen, they are old and in fair condition, but we had them painted a year or so ago and for now they are okay but I'm hoping to replace them one of these days.

Have a great week sista!
Judy

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Girl you are on a roll!! LOVE the way your cabinets turned out, that brightened your kitchen right up! Great job!! Can't wait to see whats next:) Martina

Gina said...

Your cabinets look fabulous! I painted mine a few years ago & it was the best thing I ever did.

Liz said...

Girl...way to TRANSFORM!! WOW!! You are Super Woman, seriously!! The kitchen looks fabulous and ties in well with your dining room.
The paint job looks top notch, well done! I am loving all the new changes, very pretty! XO ~Liz

Sweet Tea said...

My kitchen is much like yours in design and placement within our house. All my cabinets are white, but are looking worn and in need of some updating. I hope you distress & wax yours, as that's what I'm thinking about doing. Purely selfish motives for me! LOL

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

That is a gorgeous kitchen.

Jemsmom said...

Oh, oh, oh, oh!!!! I love it!!!! Is your arm tired or what?!? The hubs actually said I could paint ours white, but it looks daunting to me!!! You are amazing!!!! Our kitchen is very dark to and we have the dark cherry cabinets. What a difference it makes!!!! Ohhhh my! You go girl!!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

It looks beautiful, you did such a great job Becca! Thanks for linking!
XO
Kristin

Dorene said...

Clapping my hands!!! Love it!

Dorene said...

Clapping my hands!! I love the white cabinets. Did you distress? Like I've told you, I need to repaint mine but I think I won't be distressing.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

You're my hero! I've been wanting to paint our kitchen cabs for so long now. But I'm really afraid. Maybe your redo will help get me going on the project.

They look fabulous! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

Rene said...

Your kitchen looks beautiful Becca. Love me some white dove.

Chi-Chi Studio Designs said...

They look amazing! Great job!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Becca, you did fabulous, your kitchen looks gorgeous! Hugs, FABBY

Deborah March said...

OmiGOSH, how utterly FABULOUS!!!!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Becca, I love it! The cabinets look wonderful & I love the color of your island. Thanks for linking to the Open House party this week.
xo,
Sherry

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Just lovely! I really like the combination of colors.
I am about to paint the cabinets in our new lake house & debating still... on the colors.
Thanks for sharing yours.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. I would paint mine in a heartbeat if the DH wouldn't have a heart attack. Love, love, love the look. Hugs, Marty

WhyCuzICan said...

Very creative paint choices-- you aren't scared if you have those different paints going on because they look great together :)

Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's Linky Party tonight,

~Suzanne in IL

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous!!!! Love your cupboards Becca! White cupboards are so charming and love how yours turned out!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday this week!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Holy Moly... how did I ever miss this post??? Seriously Becca, your hands must be cramped up from holding that gosh darn paint brush for what seems like months now. LOL. When you get an addiction you really do take it to a whole new level, but I love it. Love your passion and your sense of style!! I think adding a little distress or glazing would really look wonderful too. Thank you for always inspiring.

Becca said...

Emelia ... thank you SO much for your sweet and witty note! You are MUCH too kind, and I sincerely appreciate it. Have a fabulous day!

sabrymagic said...

Ciao
complimenti!!
Kiss Kiss