It's Totally Tute-ular Tuesday!
Today's tute is about our cabinet
re-do on a budget!
These are the BEFORE photos.
The cabinets were okay. They are solid
wood, but run-of-the-mill and umpteen
They were still in good shape and in
need of a good cleaning for sure.
I had painted the cabinets in our
previous house white.
I loved them!
White was perfect for that small space.
I thought about painting these cabinets
white as well, but decided I might be able
to do a step in-between and paint
them later on when I tire of this look.
I took the cabinet doors down, labeled their position,
and removed the hardware. I then gave
them and the frames a very thorough
cleaning with TSP.
TSP is available at your local
hardware store and will remove grease,
grime and the glossy finish.
I didn't want to sand off the medium oak finish
so TSP was perfect for this application.
Once they were cleaned and de-glossed
I had the canvas I needed.
I had already planned to put in a
large, cream-colored island so I decided
on a dark finish for the existing
cabinets. I used a quart of black
semi-gloss paint. I dipped the brush and
removed as much excess paint as possible to
do a dry brush technique. In some areas
I wiped off the black paint to create a "worn" effect.
In other areas I painted a deeper black,
especially recessed areas, that
wouldn't normally show wear.
I used a lighter stroke of black around
the hardware to imitate lots of use all while
letting the oak finish show through.
Here are the AFTER photos.
I used the same technique on the trim.
The project took a few days
so I painted the cabinets in sections.
I did notice that the sections looked slightly
different from one another when all
was said and done. If I were to do this again,
I would plan a time that the entire black
paint process could be completed in one
session to insure continuity.
We also added beadboard to the cabinet end-caps.
I stained the unfinished board with an oak
stain and then used the black dry-brush
paint technique there also.
Once the black paint had been added
and removed to my liking I
used a clear satin polyurethane to
seal the finish and give the
cabinets a fresh, new lustre.
I love the way the black paint highlights the
wood grain, shown in the photo above.
I'm still loving them for now but
I know one day they will shout at me
that "it is tooo dark in here" and I'll
come around with the white paint.
Until then, I like their uniqueness and
the fun I had creating it.
Thank you so much for visiting!
Wishing you a happy Tuesday (in May)
I'm so glad it's May...
May through October is my favorite
then we have holidays to look forward to.
Don't you just love being alive?!
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