Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Black and White Painted Kitchen Cabinets

     This is the story of my adventure in painting my kitchen cabinets in dark and light hues. (Wow, my life is exciting when paint is an adventure!)
The Harvest Gold Stove circa 1969
     Not so long ago, I had your typical 80's oak cabinets. They were solid doors but I think the original cabinets had been refaced. I had a lot of repair work to do to the veneer to make the cabinets paintable. The photo below is sort of what I had. I had previously gotten rid of the stylish Harvest Gold stove with the pull out stove top. Don't you know that those stoves will probably be the next hot vintage item in high demand? And everyone will be stripping their cabinets for this vintage oak look? Whatever. I painted the cabinets!
Typical Oak Kitchen Circa 1980's

The kitchen was changing in stages; new counter tops and back splash tile and a new tile floor had been done in previous updates. I really like the look of white cabinets, but face it.. we're kinda sloppy and I didn't like the idea of constantly cleaning the lower cabinets. So looking around the internets, I decided to paint my kitchen cabinets in 2 tones.
 How about these photographs below for inspirational kitchens?
Thank you Pinterest!

Using Behr paint with primer already in it, I picked my colors..Martha Stewart's Pearl white and Behr's Stealth Jet. Stealth Jet is a very, very dark brown. It comes off black at night and more brownish in the daylight.

Believe me, it took a while to pick my colors. I labeled and removed the doors and set up a painting spot in the garage. The white took 3 coats and the dark took 2. It was lots of work--sanding, deglossing and finally painting. I also replaced all the hinges.
I removed the doors on the cabinet above the sink, added a light and covered the back with beadboard. I just use this spot as an ever changing display of knick knacks and holiday themed stuff. The fluorescent light makes a great night light for the kitchen. There's a plug behind the beadboard that is connected to a light switch on the wall, making it handy to turn off and on.
More stuff is displayed on top of the cabinets. The kitchen has a high sloping ceiling with big windows above the cabinets that let in a sky view. I took out the cabinet doors above the microwave and replaced them with a board, trimmed it with molding and added a ready made decorative carving. (see above)
Those beams were oak also and felt like they were closing in the space. Lightening them with white paint made them blend in with the ceiling and virtually 'disappear'.

I covered the side and back of the peninsula with bead board. It gave that plain surface some interest.

I used liquid nails and screws under the cabinets to attach painted corbels/shelf brackets to each side of the stove.
Just more decoration!

I used 2 large cabinet handles from Ikea to double as towel holders and drawer pulls on this drawer next to the sink. It keeps towels close and this has really been a good solution!

The kitchen table is on the other side of the peninsula. It's wearing some place mats I quilted. The free standing cabinet was a 10 dollar bargain from Salvation Army. It even has a light! The leaf chair I painted is prettying up the corner.

Here's the desk area next to the refrigerator. It needs a little rearranging. I've just been hanging things where ever there is a nail.

A corner next to the stove with some more collectibles. I love old glass and anything with a pedestal!

My kitchen isn't huge but it has a great work triangle. I can move from the sink to the fridge to the stove in just a few steps. I've had a big kitchen and I much prefer this one and it's the perfect size for my needs. It's been a couple years since I painted and made over the kitchen and I'm still enjoying the cabinet paint colors I chose. 

Pumpkin likes to hang out on the rug

One more detail,I made this little owl doorstop and filled it with dried beans. Mr. Owl works great to keep the door from blowing shut that leads to the rest of the house. I open the kitchen windows to let in the afternoon ocean breeze. That breeze is my house's air conditioning here on the sunset coast.   

So that's it, my kitchen tour! It's been great having you here at the Sunset Coast. I hope you'll become my newest follower!

Have a Sparkling Day!

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  1. You've made a lot of attractive changes to your kitchen. Sometimes, I think I'd like to paint my cabinets, but I'm chicken.

    1. I have to say, it's the hardest painting work I've ever tackled. But I do love it!

  2. Looks gorgeous!! Love the contrast of the black and white. And those Ikea handles are so smart! :)

    1. Thanks for the nice words! I like it so much more than the golden oak they were before.

  3. Hi Cindy...Christine stopping by from LITTLE BRAGS...love your kitchen. What a great idea to put bead board along the sides....it adds so much character. Will follow you along!

    1. I love me some new follower! Muah!!!! xxxxx

  4. I love the black and white cabinets together in your kitchen! You've made an awesome transformation. Looks great!

    1. Thanks a lot! Homes always need so much work.. or is it me that wants to change things up?

  5. Really nice job! What a great transformation, I love the color scheme! ps- I love anything with a pedestal too! It's becoming a bit of a problem in my house! ;)

    1. What is it about things with pedestals? So chic and sexy! lol

  6. Hopping from "I should be mopping the floors party". Your kitchen looks beautiful! I love the colors you chose!

    1. Yay, you found me! Thanks for the kind words, too!

  7. Fantastic! Such a cool idea to use the two different colors. Everything looks great! The bead board was a great idea as well! I am new follower and I also added your Etsy Shop to my favorites! Great shop!!



    1. I'll be stopping by to see your blog and shop. Thanks for following!

  8. Great makeover! I think black cabinets always look very classy. I like that you kept the top ones white to keep the kitchen light also.

    Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  9. Oh, your kitchen is so beautiful and I like your black and white painted cabinets! All of your vignettes are so pretty too. I have the matching salt and pepper shakers to your little canisters holding your wooden spoons! I just found them a few weeks ago and posted about them a few posts ago! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Turned out beautifully Cindy! Love the colors you chose and all your sweet pieces on your counters! Pumpkin is adorable too!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  11. This is a beautiful transformation! I've been thinking about doing that very thing-bottom black and leaving the top white. I might just go for it now!
    Laura from www.sundayview.blogspot.com

  12. Your kitchen looks amazing ! WOW Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning to my party board.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  13. Hi Cindy, you've done a fabulous job making over your kitchen! I've been thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets too, light on the top half, dark on the bottom, like you. It's amazing the difference it makes, isn't it? Your kitchen looks great. So glad I saw your link over at twelveOeight. Enjoy the rest of your week!


  14. I love the transformation. Your kitchen looks beautiful. Love the black & white.


  15. I'm a big fan of black and white so I really love your kitchen cabinets♥

  16. Your kitchen looks gorgeous, I love it all! You did a great job and I love the black and white! I just became your newest follower...hope you like to follow back. Have a nice rest of the week.

  17. Love your kitchen and the black and white is so striking. Great redo. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. Beautiful transformation, I am just about to embark on my own kitchen cabinet revamp. You have inspired me.


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  19. Your kitchen is just beautiful. I love the two tone cabinets...I have them, too, only my bottoms are a deep red....and my kitchen is no where near as pretty as yours. You did an awesome job...:)

  20. I love your kitchen! It's lovely. I like it when the base cabinets are painted a different color than the upper ones. I also appreciate your kitchen's accessories. That little owl doorstop you made is AH-dorable! Plus, obviously your kitchen passed the Pumpkin test! :D

    Thanks so much for linking-up to My Happy List!


  21. what a great look, and I love that hardware and display area above the stove!

  22. Harvest gold appliances and shag carpet ~ been there, done that! Yes, it will no doubt be a popular vintage comeback. Just not in this household. Ha!
    Love the black and white details of your kitchen redo. Great look!

  23. Great looking kitchen! I love black and white in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

  24. Great changes, Cindy! I really like that shelf over your sink!

  25. I love the black and white combo, nice job!
    I'm a new follower, Karee

  26. A LOT of work ( I painted cabinets once when I was young so I know! : ) and yet what a reward. Your kitchen is wonderful! :)

  27. A LOT of work ( I painted cabinets once when I was young so I know! : ) and yet what a reward. Your kitchen is wonderful! :)

  28. I love the look of white and black cabinets. Great job. I would love it if you would link this up to my link party.


  29. What a huge transformation! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  30. Your hard work more than paid off - your kitchen is gorgeous! I'd love if you'd come and share it at Inspire Us Thursday http://organized31.blogspot.com/2013/06/inspire-us-thursday-link-party-2.html

  31. It is gorgeous! I love how upscale it looks! Great choice of colors. Thanks for linking with TTF this week.


  32. The cabinets look great! I love all the natural light that floods your kitchen too. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  33. What a beautiful kitchen! Love the black and white combination! And Pumpkin is adorable!

  34. Featuring at tonight's trash 2 treasure party!! LOVE how it turned out! I painted my kitchen cabinets the same as yours a couple years ago - black on the bottom (thank GOODNESS I made that choice with all the dirty little hands in my house) and white on top. :)

  35. Amazing makeover! Your post will be featured at this week's party! Thanks for sharing it at The Shady Porch! Hope to see ya again Wednesday…the Rock ‘N Share is a NO RULEs party now! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  36. I love your kitchen makeover. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  37. It's just gorgeous - that back splash is sheer beauty!!!
    And pumpkin looks like my " soda " ;)
    Visiting from DIY by Design - congrats on the well earned feature!

    1. It does my heart good to have people actually looking at the work I've done. I'll have to check out this 'soda'.. separated at birth?
      See you at the next party! Cindy

  38. I think this is quite striking! Love the inspirations and yours turned out marvelously! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  39. What an amazing transformation Cindy. Love the 2 tone colour choices too. Well done and thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

  40. Well it does add character to the whole kitchen. I love how it’s all dark below and white on top. It’s too bad the oven wasn’t black as well to make it uniform. But I guess it would be excessive to buy a new one just to make it all match. Haha!


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