Everyone deserves to live in a home that makes them feel good. No matter how hard you try, it’s hard to feel good when you’re surrounded by heavy orange oak cabinets. These cabinets, and believe me we’ve seen plenty of them, seem to suck all the life out of a room. If money grew on trees, then everyone could afford to do a full kitchen reno.
When your budget is just $500, then you have to be a little more creative, but the result can be spectacular.
The kitchen we’re featuring this week belongs to Debbie’s niece. She wanted to lighten up her kitchen and was willing to do the work herself. Debbie, being the nice Auntie that she is, did the consult long distance via emails and texts.
Since these cabinets are solid wood and in great shape, a coat of paint makes them look new and fresh. Painting is a decorators best friend. Nothing can change a look so much as a fresh coat of paint, except maybe toss cushions. Paint and toss cushions are decorating magic…but I digress.
These cabinets were painted with Benjamin Moore Advance Paint in White Dove OC- 17- it is perfect for painting oak cabinets and trim. It floats on and you don’t see any brush marks.
The tile is a simple 3×6 subway tile from Home Depot. It’s a warm white with Oyster Grey grout. The darker grout lines give it some contrast and tie in the dark counter top. We have no problem with specifying laminate for kitchens. There are some beautiful laminates on the market and the price difference between quartz and laminate is substantial. The above laminate is Labrador Granite by Formica.
Never underestimate the importance of cabinet hardware. These new hinges and handles in an oil rubbed bronze add the finishing touch. Light fixture is also from Home Depot. Now the room looks fresh and current. A new paint colour was chosen for the walls – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172.
With a small budget and some DIY resourcefulness, this kitchen went from heavy, dark and dated, to bright and pretty. Painting cabinets makes a huge difference. And if you or the man of the house are worried about painting over good wood, paint doesn’t change the fact that it’s wood. Only now it’s painted wood…and it looks soooooo much prettier. Thanks to Debbie’s niece for sending us pics of her finished kitchen. Good job!!!
Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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