It is week 3 of the Fall One Room Challenge, and I am back to share the dramatic transformation of our white painted cabinets.
Hey friends! Wow, I can’t believe that we are already at the halfway point of the Fall One Room Challenge. I am so excited to share some major progress with you today – our white painted cabinets! Getting these cabinets painted white is truly the one thing that completely transformed the look and feel of our entire downstairs. It took the painters the better part of a week to complete this, and we felt kind of like we were living in a bubble, because they sectioned off the whole room with plastic and we had no access to anything in our kitchen.
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If you have not heard of the One Room Challenge (also called ORC), currently in its 16th season, it is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. It is hosted by Better Homes and Gardens. Wednesdays is the day for the design bloggers to go live with their progress, and Thursdays is the day for all the guest participants to go live. You guys will be amazed at these reveals, they are just beyond words good!
If you found me through the ORC Link up, welcome! I am so happy you are here! My name is Nicki and I am the blogger behind Sweet Parrish Place. I love to share our DIY and home decor shenanigans, along with some organization, fashion, travel and other lifestyle types of topics. Thanks for reading!
Having our cabinets painted by professionals meant we had to eat out and find ways to spend our time in the evenings. I mean, you won’t hear me complaining about having to eat out – EVER! But not having access to our pantry grew old very quickly. I made the mistake of not thinking ahead, so I did not remove anything from our pantry beforehand. Big mistake, huge! My husband was not happy that he couldn’t get to any snacks at night time. So take my advice, if you are having your cabinets professionally painted, remove the items you might need from your pantry beforehand. Let’s get started, because I am dying to share more of my white painted cabinets with you!
You might be wondering why we called in the pros for this, when I have painted cabinets before – see my One Room Challenge reveal of our kitchen in our old house – and the reason is because I just painted the cabinets in our old house about a year ago, and I was not up to the challenge again so soon. Painting cabinets is serious business. It is very time consuming, and hard to be honest. So this time I decided to let the professionals take care of it, since we could afford it for this renovation.
As you can see in the photo below, we also had them make the refrigerator look built-in by having them build cabinetry on the right side of the refrigerator. Our new refrigerator just slides right into that opening and it made the kitchen look much more high end.
All of the top cabinets were custom built. to match the existing cabinets exactly. Eventually they will have glass doors. Except for the cabinets above the refrigerator and the stove. Those doors will be solid because I want to have some space to store things that should not be seen, like small appliances and lunch boxes. Coming home each day and seeing the progress on our white painted cabinets made me to giddy!
You can see here that I chose a contrasting color for our kitchen island. This dark color is called Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore. And the white I chose for the white painted cabinets is called Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
It was a complete disaster around here for about 5 days, and miraculously, on the fifth day I came home, and they were finished and all of the plastic was down, and it was glorious!! I will show a quick photo below that I shared last week of the progress when they were building the cabinets, and then right below is the same view when everything was fully painted.
Tada! Isn’t is so amazing what the power of paint can do! I mean, it wasn’t just paint really. It was also the cabinets that were built above that go all the way to the ceiling. I am obsessed you guys!! Even without the glass doors, I am just so in love with this transformation. This is shaping up to be the best kitchen I have ever had so far in my adult life, and I am just super psyched for it. Also, take note in the two photos above of the ceiling. We had it painted white, and it made such a huge difference. We had all of the ceilings in the downstairs painted white, and it seems so much more light and airy in our home now.
There is still so much more to share with you guys, like the new farmhouse lanterns over the island, the island transformation, the new counters, and the backsplash. And I still have quite a bit of work to do in this room. Last weekend I spent a good bit of time trying to choose paint colors for the walls or the kitchen and breakfast room, the bar stools, and three doors. I have to paint the pantry door, the door that leads to the garage, and the door that leads to the sunroom. I am considering painting the two entry doors a charcoal color, and the pantry door some color, but I am still undecided on my choices.
I would love your opinions. What would you do if this was your kitchen? Would you paint your pantry door a fun color, or just go with charcoal for all three of the doors in this space? and if you would go with a color, what color would you choose? I think I have the charcoal color and the wall color figured out, but I am still trying to choose a pantry door color. I would love it so much if you would leave me some suggestions in the comments. What are your thoughts?
Please come back and join me next week for week 4 of this kitchen renovation. Next week I will share our new counters and our farmhouse sink, and also our new lights over the island. You will really start seeing the room come together in next weeks post, so you don’t want to miss it!
Cabinet Color- Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Island Color- Kendall Charcoal By Benjamin Moore
To Do List For Kitchen Makeover
paint cabinets white
- replace lighting over island
Remove ceiling light and add recessed lighting
- add new counter tops
- paint doors
add shelving to island have custom cabinets built above existing cabinets paint ceiling
- paint walls
- add new accessories and decor
- paint trim
- drop kitchen island to just one level
- add subway tile backsplash
- install garbage cans into an island cabinet
- install new farmhouse sink
- install new kitchen faucet
- paint existing bar stools
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