Monday, May 9, 2011

Kitchen Progress

We've made a lot of progress in the kitchen. This weekend we cleaned, stripped, sanded and primed the cabinets, cabinet doors, and drawers.  It was a lot of work, but it actually went by pretty fast. We're following these steps for painting the cabinets:

Here are the pictures from before we started:
Kitchen - Before
Kitchen - Before
Kitchen - Before
Here are pictures of what it looks like now, with at least 1 coat of primer on everything. We're not painting the inside of the cabinets because that would be way too much work for little actual benefit.  We decided it's ok if you see the wood tone when you open a cabinet door. Once the doors are put on, you won't even be able to tell.
After (w/primer)

Cabinet doors

Today we also picked out the paint for the kitchen walls and living room.  I got 4 samples at SW to test on the walls because I was having such a hard time with the paint chips.  We tested Sherwin Williams' Comfort Gray, Sherwin Williams' Silvermist, Behr Light French Gray, and Benjamin Moore Smoke.  I got Kevin to put the paint on the walls without letting me know which color was which.  Then, I picked my favorite and he picked his favorite.  We both ended up picking the same one as our #1 and that made the decision pretty easy.  We decided on Benjamin Moore Smoke!!  Its a really pretty gray blue that has a little bit of aqua... exactly what I was looking for!

We're also trying to decide on the backsplash.  I ordered samples of 3x6" and 2x4" Carrara marble tiles online. I prefer the 2x4" tiles because they come on a mosaic mesh and will be easier to install than the 3x6 tiles, which have to be placed individually.

BM Smoke paint, 2x4" Carrara tiles, & Steel Gray granite

2x4" Carrara marble tiles and  3x6" Carrara marble tiles
We're going to finish the primer coats and sand them this week.  The granite countertops are being installed on Friday morning. As soon as they're installed, we'll work on the final coat of paint! Hopefully, by next weekend, the kitchen will be a completely different space. :)


  1. I can't wait to see the finished product!!

  2. It looks great so far! We've decided to stain our cabinets. Where did you order your backsplash samples from? I think we're going to go with something similar.

  3. Thanks everyone!

    Krystal, I ordered the samples from Their samples are $5 for each tile type and I didn't have to pay shipping. They got here in like 3 business days. It was nice because I wanted to be able to see/feel the tiles in person and I didn't love the selection at Home Depot and Lowes.

  4. Hi, I just saw your post on the Nest and came to check out your blog. You guys are making awesome progress! Can't wait to see the finished product. We're painting our cabinets this summer too.

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  6. Brilliant work - I really love the designs and enjoyed reading your process. Thanks for sharing this. It's a great insight to what I am starting on at the moment too.
    All the best.

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  7. I love this.. it is beautiful. I am feeling all inspired.
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