Well y’all it’s officially the first week of the spring One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. If you missed my neutral mood board from last week go take a quick sneak peek. Then it’s time to get our hands dirty with a little painted kitchen cabinet makeover!
Maybe you remember me gushing about how gorgeous our light gray cabinets were going to be… you know just last week with the mood board I put together for this space. Well y’all this week is proof positive that things happen and paint truly looks different in different spaces.
Our walls are painted Sherwin Williams Online so I picked Site White (the lightest color on the strip) for the cabinets. On the chip it looks like a light gray but on the wall… definitely white! Luckily I wanted white cabinets and had gone with gray because of the white subway tile we had picked out.
Someone *cough cough* convinced me smoke blue subway tile in a rental was not neutral enough… well I guess I won in the end because the new white cabinets mean a shift in the subway tile. That’s right y’all, I’m getting my smoke tiles!
But before we get to the pretty pictures let’s remember where we started with this little Christmas kitchen of ours!
Can you even believe how much better the space looks already?! We’re only a week in and we have drastic improvement… I can’t believe how much a simple coat of white paint does to lighten a space. Not to mention the entire room feels about 20 bajillion times bigger.
People always ask me how much a bajillion is… this is it y’all. This is the true definition of a bajillion.
Of course, there’s still a million things to tackle… back splash, counter tops, figuring out somewhere else to put that microwave. We have a tiny rental kitchen so custom built pull-out drawers aren’t exactly an option and let’s face it even if we could install all new cabinets the money tree out back just isn’t growing like we want it to! Still there has to be a realistic solution to the clutter problem.
If I find spaces for most of the items except the necessities (like the microwave and Keurig) things should be a bit better.
Either way I’m completely in love with our new cabinet color! Although I can think of few colors that would be worse than the green.
In order to paint the cabinets we took off all of the doors and laid them out on drop cloths in the living room. Each door received two good coats of ProClassic Water-based Enamel in Site White by Sherwin Williams. I used a mini mohair roller to apply the finish (which is my absolute favorite roller for a smooth finish when rolling cabinet doors, FYI) and they turned out beautifully!
Of course, I checked whether the old green paint was latex or oil first and luckily they were latex… dodged a bullet there!
We’ve still got a ways to go but week one is definitely off with a bang! Tomorrow the hubby and I both have a day off (at the same time! Yes, it is a miracle!) so we’re breaking out the tile saw! I can’t wait to see the finished results! Of course, if you look in the very last picture you can see a little sneak peek… the hubby was impatient to try out his new Ryobi wet saw and put up a few tiles after hitting the hardware store last week.
Isn’t the smoke tile gorgeous?!
I’m so excited to see what amazing projects other participants come up with for this challenge! Be sure to visit Calling It Home to check out the projects being shared.
If you’re new to Happily Ever After, Etc. I’d love to extend you a big welcome! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you follow along as I work to bring this neutral kitchen mood board to life!
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