Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Kitchen is Painted! (But hardware hasn't arrived yet.)

Before

After
While I would have preferred white, I chose cream paint on the upper cabinets because the laminate counter tops, walls, and ceiling are cream.  I wanted the uppers to sort of fade back into the wall.

Before
 Here's another reason I chose cream paint.  See the almond colored hood?  It doesn't match the white appliances, so I decided it should fade into the cabinets too.


After
It worked, don't you think?

Before


After
I chose grey lowers, because cream on the walls, ceiling, countertops, uppers AND lowers would not be a good thing.

During
I left the door off one of the upper cupboards for an open shelf look.
After
  I like the way the open cupboard turned out, but there's too much going on on the counter below.  Gotta work on my styling skills.
Whew, mirror is clear, but now you can see the dirty dishes and strawberry hulls in the sink.  And the oil rubbed bronze knob I was trying out on the upper cupboards.  Can't win.

Close-up

Before
 
After
The kitchen feels so much lighter and brighter now.

When I went back to Home Depot to get more of these Martha Stewart beauties, I discovered that they no longer carry them in the store.  More have been ordered online and are on their way...

I'll post more pictures when I get the hardware installed along with a few more things that need doing, but I couldn't wait to show you the progress.  I'm pretty thrilled with the change.

Now, You All, WHAT am I going to do about these floors? (Remember, we rent.)

To read more about the kitchen painting process, click here.
Also, thank you, Kim, for the invitation to:

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Update:  I've had a number inquiries about the paint color I used.  Here you go:

Top cabinets were color matched to the walls, so I don't know the exact color, but it is very close to Rustoleum's antique white.


Lower cabinets are Mourning Dove by Martha Stewart color matched to Behr paint.  Color inspiration came from The Lettered Cottage.


I used two coats of Behr Premium Plus semi-gloss paint after two coats of Zinnser Bin Primer after sanding after a good washing with TSP.  Whew!  Oh, and I took the cabinet doors off before painting, but did not paint the insides of the cabinets.

82 comments:

  1. Oh my! This is beyond words. I cannot believe what that paint has done. BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to see the hardware installed too! I think my favorite part is the open cabinet. I like the way it breaks up the wall of cabinets. It feels more homey and personal that way. Now you've got my brain cranking!! HAHA!

    Cheers!

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  2. The kitchen looks like a completely different room now. So fresh and clean. Nice choice on the hardware too. I agree with your thoughts on blending the hood. Well done!

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  3. Camille, It looks AMAZING!!! Wow! I absoultely love the color combination with the upper and lower cabinets. The hardware is going to be beautiful with your cabinets. Awesome job!!

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  4. It's beautiful!! So bright and airy! Can't wait to see it with the hardware :) Now about those floors...I just don't know. It's bizarre how the flooring wraps up under the cabinets. I wonder if you can use a razor blade and cut it down and put a nice base molding under the cabinets. Lots of work for renting though ;( I know you'll figure out something fabulous! Hope you're having a great week in your beautiful kitchen!
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  5. We're about to move into a rental (after painting our kitchen here white and flipping beautiful). We have ugly oak/laminate cabinets and the worst vinyl floor. We are hoping the landlord lets us paint the cabinets as well.

    If we owned the house, we'd probably put in tile or wood floors, but since we're not spending that much money to live here for three years - we saw beautiful vinyl planks that mimic real wood. They're pretty pricey, but if the owner were to pay for them or even go halves with us, we would do it - because they're planks, it wouldn't be as hard to put in as a single piece of vinyl.

    We also have a white stove with a cream hood. Can't figure that out. I was going to look for appliance paint for the hood. We'll see.

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  6. they look great!

    if i were you i'd drag the owner in and show him what you've done. he'll be so pleased that he'll pay you to change the floor. it might work!

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  7. Camille, sorry I've been MIA, but your kitchen looks fabulous!! The colors work so nicely together!! Love, love, love it!!

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  8. What an amazing job sis! It looks so different and so much better!

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  9. P.S. This auntie has been checking the baby blog daily for the last couple of weeks and is disappointed every day :(

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  10. Camille,
    Unbelievable really. It's really amazing how a coat of paint can transform a space. I think the cream was really smart. It does reduce the visual space taken up by those uppers and helps hide that vent hood. The hardware is going to look awesome.

    I agree with Janet. You should show the owner's and see if they'd be willing to allow you to do a new floor. New lino tiles are really inexpensive and are pretty easy to install. If you don't ask, they can't say yes!

    Job VERY well done!

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  11. Wowza! What an amazing difference. You must be thrilled with the change. Walking into a beatiful kitchen always puts a little more pep in my step. Can't wait until you get the hardware!

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  12. Wow! That's a huge difference! You want to come and paint my kitchen cabinets, too? :) I love that you chose a cream color to match the hood instead of painting the cabinets white. The hood would stick out like a sore thumb if you did, so good call on your part. Your kitchen looks really beautiful and fresh, great job, Camille! Looking forward to see your kitchen with knobs and pulls! :)

    By the way, I am hosting an exciting giveaway too and the lucky winner will get to receive a $75 gift card from Arcadian Lighting. Come join. :)

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  13. It looks AMAZING! So open and fresh looking. I love how you decorated it as well. I bet you are just THRILLED! All of that work. Stunning.

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  14. Wowza! What a beaut! You done good girlfriend! I love how light and airy it looks and I can just see what it will look like with the brass hardware. I love the mirror you put behind the counter. Lovley accessories too. Now I really want to come over for coffee :)

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  15. YAY YAY YAY!!!! The kitchen looks incredible!!!! So fresh and chic... I love it. LOVE IT. Can't wait to see the hardware installed!!!! I love the gray lower cabinets! Make me wonder if I should do a different color for my lowers or if all white will work for me :)

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  16. Holy WOW!! I love the choices you made - everything turned out perfectly, including that almond colored hood just fading away. And hte open shelf looks fab, no matter how styled your kitchen is. I'm totally in awe. =)

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  17. What a wonderful transformation. I actually gasped when I saw the new look. Love it. I love the stool you have there, too. Would love for you to join my Wow party tonight. It will be going up soon.

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  18. What a wonderful transformation! It's like a miracle, isn't it? I could use this miracle in my kitchen!

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  19. Oh, my! What a wonderful makeover! Your kitchen looks gorgeous! The paint made the world of difference! I know you're so proud of it! Now you're not in there cooking and messing it up are you? :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  20. Wow, it looks great!! Love the colors and the brightness to the room. Wish I could do that to my kitchen, but I rent. : (
    ~ Catie

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  21. Your kitchen doesn't even look like the before pics! Goddness, what a fabulous job you did and yes, you can't even see the hood is disapeared!! I love the way you decorated it too and the mirror detail, just great! Hugs,
    FABBY

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  22. Hi Camille,
    What can I say the transformation how have worked on your kitchen is simply stunning.
    The cabinets look so stylish and modern that I can't believe they are the same ones.
    It all looks wonderful and the open shelves are inspired.
    And you did all this in a rented property!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Maggie

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  23. So gorgeous!! Love it! How did you find the time to do all of this?!

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  24. Soooo much lighter and brighter! Love the transformation, Camille. The gray is nice and crisp and the cream works wonderfully. You go, girl!
    Q4U: what's under the laminate flooring? Also, would your landlord be open to changing the flooring if he/she only had to pay for materials?

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  25. I am amazed at what paint can do! Wonderful! The land lord should be extremely happy with your work! How about a large grass rug on the floor? Or have you ever painted a floor cloth? You use a large piece of linoleum. On the back side of the linoleum you gesso it and then paint it like you would a canvas. When you are finished, coat it with several coats of polyurethane. It will mop well. You can also make it as big as you want it! You could do a background color and stencils on it or black and white check...anything! I made one years ago for my kitchen that was long and narrow (Runner) that I painted a fish on. It lasted for years and I was asked if I would leave it when we sold that house. Wish I had a pic.

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  26. This looks great! I am going to show this post to my husband because I want to paint my cabinets and he is a little hesitant. This is such a great before and after now he will be able to see how good it will look. Ahh I am so excited for you!

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  27. WOW! I'm in love with your kitchen makeover!! Great choice in paint colors on the upper and lower cabinets. Everything looks fantastic!

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  28. This is so inspiring! I have been wanting to paint my cabinets since I bought my house several years ago. I think you've convinced me to take the plunge!

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  29. That looks fantastic Camille! I have to show my landlords this! I am in the same boat, colours will be limited due to the ghastly countertops. My floors are tile so I don't have the same issue as you. You can buy marmoleum or linoleum tiles for cheap though -did that in a rental house years ago!

    BTW: We LOVED San Francisco. It was by far our favourite stop! Spent two days there and walked around. Enjoyed the food, cable cars and the sights! Photos will be up on the blog next week. Right now I am at capacity and need to buy more space from Blogger!

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  30. You all did a wonderful job!! What a difference it made! I love it!

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  31. I love to see the transformation of your kitchen, especially since I have the same cabinets and have also taken off some doors to have a change in the look (it is working wonderful). I am going back and forth about painting the cabinets black, cream, or white. The walls are painted a color called pear (medium yellow) and the cabinets and wall color are all the same tone, I need some contrast, but don't want the black to make it too dark. I also added knobs to ours (no knobs when we moved in) and have a combination of pulls and leaf shaped knobs you can see on my blog. Congratulations on a beautiful job, well done, can't wait to see what you come up with for the floor.

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  32. Did you paint the inside of all the cupboards or just the one with the door left off?

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  33. Wowowowow! Camille, I cannot believe the transformation of this kitchen! You did an amazing job. Brilliant choice of paint colors.

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  34. Camille I CAN NOT believe the transformation! Looks so good and I really love how you styled it. That horizontal mirror is perfect. So many things are perfect.....

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  35. It looks so fresh! Your options for accessorizing are limitless with the color palette. Enjoy!

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  36. WOW ! That is all I can say! Great job! The cream looks perfect - white would have been too stark next to the gray. Excellent Job!
    -Trish

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  37. Oh, Camille- it's wonderful! Awesome, awesome job! I think you absolutely did the right thing by painting the uppers a cream color. It blends so nicely. The open shelf looks great as well as the mirror!

    Regarding styling... I always think it looks fine until I look at pictures. Now sometimes I take pictures just for the sake of seeing if something looks right.

    Seriously... you've done such a great job!

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  38. It looks amazing! I have been MIA all summer, so I just saw it this morning. You did an incredible job!

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  39. Camille - Your kitchen looks amazing! So much lighter! Love it!

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  40. What a stellar transformation! It doesn't even look like the same room!

    Peel and stick tile is very inexpensive and your landlord may be willing to reimburse you for the cost of it. Can't hurt trying!

    I'm your newest follower.

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  41. this transformation is amazing. What a change made mostly by paint.

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  42. wow- an amazing transformation, night and day! love how it turned out!! you did good:)

    joan

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  43. Camille, it looks awesome! I SO love the power of paint. Great job! You know, it sort of reminds me now of Bee Cottage, featured in HB. Have you seen it?!

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  44. Love what you have done. I am so amazed that you even wanted to do that much work on a rental. You are amazing. I am your newest follower.

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  45. Found you over at Kim's great job on the kitchen cabinets.. I know that felling well, I did mine too, and I said It's done and I will never paint another one as long as I live...LOL... glad I found you.

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  46. Amazing Camille! Isn't it incredible what a difference paint can make? Your kitchen looks like something that you would see in a Martha Stewart magazine. Love the paint colors, love the "gold-tone" hardware- just love it all!

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  47. I had to dig a little to find this post, I knew it was in here somewhere but had missed the final update! I LOVE IT!! It looks so fresh and inviting, the colors you picked for the uppers and lowers are just perfect, great job!

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  48. Oh that is so lovely! I have the exact same cabinets (in the before picture) and was wondering what it might look like if I painted them cream. Our countertops are cream, so white is out. What a great inspiration. I love it!

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  49. What a transformation! Must be so nice to work in there now. I love how you couldn't get a "perfect" photo. It made me laugh. My house is never NEVER perfect. I tidy one room, and in the meantime my daughter tornadoes through another.

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  50. Oh, I LOVE! It's the look I want for my kitchen, I'm planning on painting the bottoms grey and the tops white. Your kitchen looks amazing, I also love the open shelf! You kitchen looks bigger too!

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  51. Hello Camille,

    Create a custom canvas floorcloth for your kitchen floor. Then when you move, you just roll it up and take it with you! They are extremely durable and will last forever!
    Love the new painted cabinets...I did that to mine this spring and so glad I did.

    Well done!
    janet xox xox
    http://theemptynest-janet.blogs[pot.com/

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  52. It looks great! We did the same thing to our cabinets because we tried re-finishing them with stain and the wood wouldn't take the cherry stain like we wanted. We also choose a lighter top and darker bottom but ours are white with white countertop and drak gray on the bottom. For your laminate flooring going up the toe kick(odd) measure how long each section is, buy some inexpensive wood, prime and paint and either glue or nail it up, we did something similar because we had a cheap plastic black toe kick and when we removed it noticed a gap between the cabinets. Hope this helps!

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  53. Amazing job!!!!!! Love the colors.

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  54. Looks so great! Centsational Girl linked you on Facebook. I cannot believe what a huge transformation paint makes! ITS INCREDIBLE! I really think I might try open countertops...
    I had a friend in a rental with BLUE countertops! She felt it was worth it to buy vinyl sticky tiles that looked like ceramic so she could stand living there a little more. They were a slate look with a hint of blue. It made the counters bearable! :) I was impressed with how great those tiles looked! Or linoleum black and white check is always a classic fun look...
    Stephanie

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  55. Absolutely fabulous! If it weren't for the fact that the house we're buying has a brand new kitchen, I'd be painting cabinets real soon. Oh well, I'll just have to get my fix by painting my friend's hall bath and kitchen cabinets. We just painted her master bath cabinets. I can't believe what a huge difference those colors make in your kitchen. So envious!

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  56. Fabulous makeover! Worth every minute of hard work, it's just gorgeous! Bye bye oak :)

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  57. Beautiful!!! I'm about to paint my cabinets this exact color! So glad to see how fabulous yours look!

    we have linoleum in the kitchen, too. For a cheap fix we are going with Armstrong commercial vinyl squares in white and off white. Like this: http://www.armstrong.com/flooring/vinyl-tile/norwalk-black-resilient-vinyl-tile-A7102/floor-117171.asp

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  58. I love it! I'm about to do the same thing to my kitchen. What about peal and stick tiles for the floor? They make some really gorgeous ones and they are really inexpensive.

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  59. Love your kitchen...I like the idea of an open shelf. :)
    For your floor maybe you should look at TrafficMaster Allure Resilient plank flooring. We did hickory and we love it...it's easy to install and easy to clean too.

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  60. I love it! I am planning on doing the same thing in my kitchen only difference in mine is the counter top. My counters a brown/grey speckled color. Did you sand the cabinets before you painted them? Did you use reg. paint or did you use that new rustoleum kit?

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  61. Love it! Looks amazing and I posted it on my Facebook page.

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  62. wow, looks fantastic! I have practically the same cabinets and I don't even rent...there is no excuse for mine lol

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  63. Cottage Life Living,

    Here are the steps I took.

    1) Removed doors and hinges.
    2) Washed all wood with TSP and rinsed.
    3) Sanded.
    4) Two coats Zinnser Bin Primer
    5) Two coats Behr Premium Plus paint.

    Thanks for your inquiry!

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  64. You did a beautiful job. Boy, someone who was really lazy put that floor down. I love the way your window shade pulls the eye up and makes the window appear taller.

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  65. Such a pretty update!!! I love the white uppers and grey lowers - the roman shade, the open shelves the lighting! Everything turned out very nice.

    Great choice on the hardware too! :)

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  66. You did an awesome job with your kitchen update! I'm inspired. I stumbled upon your blog while looking for a shade of grey for my own lower kitchen cabinets. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  67. It looks fabulous!! Great that you used the white uppers and then added the gorgeous gray. Love everything about it!!

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  68. Your kitchen makeover is amazing! What a transformation. I'm so happy I found your blog today and can't wait to read more--I've been wanting to find more Bay Area design bloggers. We just redid our kitchen too and I have to share (even though there are still some details being worked out. Is anything ever really finished?). http://www.urbanorchardinteriors.com/kitchen-done-almost-before-and-after/

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  69. And so sorry to post so many comments tonight but I had to post this link too in case you were interested where I saved and splurged (and some recs for East Bay suppliers):

    http://www.urbanorchardinteriors.com/kitchen-renovation-breakdown/

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  70. OK, I won't post anymore comments tonight I promise but just wanted to say I'm so happy to have discovered your blog and just signed up to follow you. Can't wait to peruse more when I don't have to get up so early the next day! Let's definitely be friends--I look forward to checking out your Bay Area recommendations. -Lane

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  71. What a supremely fabulous job! We had the same 80s oak cabinets in our Temescal bungalow and I painted them within weeks of moving in. Six years later and I'm realizing how dirty lower white cabinets can get. I'm trying to convince my husband that we should paint the lower cabinets a darker, complimentary color. I'm definitely going to show him this post.

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  72. I just found you through the uber fabulous Jessica at Stay At Home-ista ...

    ... and I am blown away at what you've done with this rental home kitchen. Seriously, the landlord should be paying YOU to stay there!

    I pinned it.

    It has inspired me for my next kitchen transformation.

    :)

    Linda

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  73. Ok seriously, I know im totally tardy to this party but OMG this kitchen is awesome! Love the colors. Did you ever come up with a solution for the floors? If not,Ive got some ideas.

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  74. Inspired paint choices. Stunning transformation!

    So. Show the landlord your start and then ask if you can just do what you want to the floors.

    Me? I'd rip out the lino, put down good grade birch plywood and paint with deck/epoxy paint. Actually I'd rent a storage room or borrow a friend's garage and prime/paint the plywood first to keep most of the fumes out of the house.

    Anyway, you've got phenomenal taste.

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  75. Will return to see the floors because the rest is fabulous. Our son rents his condo and in between renters we have freshened it up for him. Cabinets are very similar to yours! And the floor should be next with us too.

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  76. It's amazing what a little paint can do! Fabulous job!

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  77. It's amazing what a little paint can do! Fabulous job!

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  78. Beautiful job on the cabinets and the whole kitchen. I guess I'm curious if you rent, did the landlord know you are painting the cabinets?
    I also painted my upper oak cabinets Sherwin William's Antique White. We had to replace our lowers because of damage, and I'm putting them together now, they were delivered 2 days ago. I'm staining my lower Cherry cabinets.

    Also like that you made sure to have the hood blend into the cabinets.
    We had a 20yo black microwave over the range and once I painted the upper cabinets Antique White, suddenly that black microwave stood out. So bought a fairly new Bisque microwave from a local couple replacing theirs to all SS appliances for only $30 and I just had to buy a couple new filters.

    One thing you could do with the floor under the cabinets should the owner not want to change the floor, ask if you could cut the flooring around the base with a sharp blade and then buy baseboard the same height and paint it to match your lower cabinets.

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  79. Beautiful job on the cabinets and the whole kitchen. I guess I'm curious if you rent, did the landlord know you are painting the cabinets?
    I also painted my upper oak cabinets Sherwin William's Antique White. We had to replace our lowers because of damage, and I'm putting them together now, they were delivered 2 days ago. I'm staining my lower Cherry cabinets.

    Also like that you made sure to have the hood blend into the cabinets.
    We had a 20yo black microwave over the range and once I painted the upper cabinets Antique White, suddenly that black microwave stood out. So bought a fairly new Bisque microwave from a local couple replacing theirs to all SS appliances for only $30 and I just had to buy a couple new filters.

    One thing you could do with the floor under the cabinets should the owner not want to change the floor, ask if you could cut the flooring around the base with a sharp blade and then buy baseboard the same height and paint it to match your lower cabinets.

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