Before & After: A Kitchen Overhaul Complete with Painted Cabinets

Before & After: A Kitchen Overhaul Complete with Painted Cabinets

Landis Carey
Aug 10, 2011

Having recently moved into a house that was covered in various shades of yellow-based tan complete with brass fixtures and yellow oak trim, a kitchen overhaul was the first to-do on the homeowners' list. What the room had in store for them: A standard builder chandelier hanging where the homeowners imagined something more their style and a kitchen's worth of cabinetry needing to be painted along with the taupe-colored walls.

Painting the cabinetry white, the walls a cooler white, replacing the light fixtures and adding dramatic drapery did the trick! Read on for the details of this overhaul, including what advice Laura, the homeowner, is sharing with The Color Cure!

The Color Cure: How long have you lived in your home?
Laura: Almost 3 months (this is our first house).

The Color Cure: When did you overhaul the space?
Laura: IMMEDIATELY! We had the cabinets painted the day after we closed on the house. The house is only 4 yrs old, so we didn't feel the need to do any major renovations right away. However, the entire interior of the house was painted various shades of a yellow based tan. The wall color along with very warm cabinetry and a lot of gold/brass hardware gave a very monochromatic feel to the kitchen. And not in a good way. So, that needed to go. Immediately.

The Color Cure: How long did it take?
Laura: We decided that painting our kitchen cabinets ourselves would be taking a risk. Neither of us know what we're doing and it would be an expensive project to mess up. So we found a company on Angie's List to come paint the kitchen cabinets the day after we closed on the house. It took them about 2 days. Once those were finished we painted the walls in one evening, after our daughter went to bed. So, really just a couple of days.

The Color Cure: Where did you find your color and design inspiration?
Laura: These were actually the same colors we used in our wedding! I love the look of a white kitchen. And I love pops of color and bold prints. Green is my favorite color, and I never tire of black and white. The contrast is just so striking. Seeing before/after shots of other people's homes and projects on Apartment Therapy aways gives me endless ideas, as well!

Having the kitchen white will allow me to change the accents in the future, when we tire of what we currently have. As far as what we have now, I found the light fixture at CB2 and knew it needed a place in our home. The fabric on the window and door wall are from Ikea, the kitchen table and chairs are from Crate and Barrel. I just kept stumbling onto things that I loved, that I was pretty sure could work together. The inside of the window sill is painted the same grass green as the chairs. That was something we figured could either look awesome or be a total mess.

The Color Cure: How much planning did you put into the project?
Laura: I don't spend a lot of time second guessing my choices. I find something I like, and I go with it. And thankfully my husband is usually willing to go along with whatever I have in mind. So this was a project that was put together and finished within the first weeks of moving into our new home. The kitchen is a place where people inevitably end up gathering. I knew I wouldn't be happy unit it was a room that reflected our style and personality. So it was the first room we took on when we moved in. And now it makes me happy when I walk in everyday!

The Color Cure: What was the most challenging part of the project?
Laura: Painting is one of the easiest ways to make a dramatic change in a room. This project was fairly easy because changing the color of the kitchen made a huge impact on the space. So for us, I think the biggest challenge was not getting paint everywhere!

The Color Cure: Did you learn a new skill during your home improvement project?
Laura: We learned that we get a much cleaner line when we just free hand around the edges instead of using paint. Plus it sure saves a lot of time. Taping takes forever!

The Color Cure: Are you happy with the outcome?
Laura: Very. We will eventually change the countertops, flooring and add subway tile. But we are very happy with how quickly the kitchen could be changed and made clean, fresh and current.

The Color Cure: What, if anything, would you do differently next time around?
Laura: I would have looked at our different shades of white in different kinds of lighting. In the late afternoon one of them looks much warmer than the other.

The Color Cure: If you had one piece of advice for Apartment Therapy readers, what would it be?
Laura: Choose what you like. Don't second guess all your decisions. It is your home, and if you love it, then it is never wrong.

Thanks for sharing, Laura!

Do you have a Before & After or a Color Inspiration Story to share with The Color Cure? Go ahead and get your entries in soon. We can't wait to hear from you!

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