Painting Kitchen Cabinets and the “other” Fancy Farmgirl kitchen.

November 3, 2017

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We’ve been in our home for 15 years.  (Marg speaking)  For a good five of those years we’ve been bossing people around to paint all the things!

 Meanwhile, back at the farm…….

I’ve been failing to practice what I preach!

I’m like the landscaper who sports the worst yard in the neighborhood!

The Before:


Anyone remember the hot color of the year for 2001?

It was “Crisp Khaki”,

otherwise known as, a sea of beige.

We finally practiced what we preached and painted all the things!


2 gallons of paint later and it’s already so much lighter and brighter.

We took the cupboards from a very creamy dated yellow to “Dover White”.   It reads white but has enough cream to match with my cream/bisque appliances.



Wall color is,  “Edgecomb Gray”.  I steered clear of this color at first because I was looking for a griege color and the “gray” in the name scared me off and led me to believe it would be too gray.  However, thanks to the lady standing next to me at the paint chip counter who suggested this, I grabbed a sample.


 In my opinion this is a PERFECT griege color that helps tie in warm beige colors if your trying to transition to cooler grays.  I liked it even better than the famous griege, “Revere Pewter”.


A little jute, a little ironstone, and old book pages always look good together.


Counter tops are still 2001 formica but that will be phase 2 of this simple kitchen update.  Were 2 gallons in of paint and I’m already so much more happy with how much this space lightened up.


So now, for the nitty gritty truth….

Painting kitchen cabinets takes a loooong time!


All the tutorials warned me of this and by golly they were right!  There’s the choice to spray or roll.  I went with brush and roller.  I’m impatient and like to jump into projects so the thought of tarping and taping, easily swayed me to the roller.  But impatience aside, I know how much abuse my cabinets take.  I wanted to do this one and done.  So I was good to not cut corners and do it the right way.  I started by giving all the doors a light sanding.


 We love our DeWalt orbital sander.


Next up was a coat of Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer.  This is water based which is always a huge plus in my book.  Low odor and EASY cleanup.


Then I spent a good four days painting, painting and painting!  I did take breaks to feed little humans and play the mom gig, but it was tedious y’all.  Not gonna lie.  Once the painting was done, I wanted to protect that paint and protect it good!


I used Varathane Polyurethane in a matte finish.  I love this stuff! Glides on SO effortlessly and dries SO fast!  No twiddling thumbs waiting for dry time on this!


I’m glad it’s done.  I’m glad we can walk across the room without the maze of cabinet doors on the floor.


I’m glad we can eat in the kitchen again. 😉

Bread board from Craftcuts

And a frugal little tip for hardware:  Buy 99 cent wooden knobs.  Spray  paint them Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze and six years later not a single knick or chip in sight!  And you’d never guess they’re not the real thing.


White kitchens are always in style.


This kitchen update was all about paint.  Time consuming, yes.  Cost effective, YES!


Would I do it all over again?  For sure!


I saved over $1600.00 tackling this project on my own! We all love how much this brightened up the space.  It’s motivated me to keep going over here.  Farewell 2001 Crisp Khaki!

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If we don’t love it and use it, we won’t share it!

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