Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog: Kitchen Update: Choosing a Cabinet Color

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kitchen Update: Choosing a Cabinet Color

I've been undergoing a kitchen renovation/facelift since August 2015! Catch up on the progress by reading post one, two or three.

Welcome to post #4 of my kitchen renovation! I haven't updated you all with any progress since we really hadn't made any since August. We are so slow when it comes to renovations.

This holiday break, we finally made some strides in the kitchen reno, and I'm excited to show you the progress. Here's a peek (there's more about the cabinets further down in the post).

Oak Cabinets Painted Milk Paint General Finishes Seagull Gray


Let's start with this uber gorg light fixture that we chose for our breakfast nook/eat-in kitchen area. I ended up choosing the fixture I mentioned in post #2, and I have ZERO regrets. The hubby put it up one day all by himself while I was at work, and he said it was a piece of cake.

Nerisa Chandelier Overstock

This chandelier has some major bling and the glass drops really, really sparkle. The chrome is classic and beautiful.

Nerisa Chandelier Review Overstock

I think it instantly classes up the whole space and it adds just the right amount of light. We also have nine (yes, nine!) recessed lights in the kitchen. You can also see that we've primed over the original dusty aqua paint color. I loved the blue/teal paint color originally, but now I want a more sophisticated color and finish.  We also removed that floating IKEA table and replaced it with another IKEA table that I'll show you in a future update.

Nerisa Chandelier Overstock

Here is the light fixture lit up at night. The cage around the light casts a lovely geometric pattern on the ceiling.

Nerisa Chandelier Overstock

We love this chandelier so much that we're buying an additional one to put in the spot where the track light fixture was (see below).

This blogger is revamping her kitchen for under $1500!

And now moving onto the most major decision of all...the paint color for the cabinets. I decided against the java (I know, I know...don't hate me!) because I think it'd be too dark for our kitchen. I wanted a bright, cheery, airy kitchen, but didn't want white cabinets. I wanted something a bit unique, still on the timeless side, and something that will be good for resell.

The folks at General Finishes were kind enough to send me some samples of their ah-may-zing milk paint in the snow white color and seagull gray color.

General Finishes milk paint for kitchen cabinets is a smart choice. The paint is easy to work with. This blogger shows the difference between their snow white and seagull gray colors on her oak cabinets.

I used a paint brush to paint some of each color on the extra cabinet door we had. I read another blogger's review where she said there wasn't any brush strokes, but I definitely had brush strokes. So, I switched to a cheap foam brush, and I had flawless, factory finish results. You can still see the wood grain though, which I expected.

After seeing both paints on the door, it was clear to me that seagull gray was perfect. It's not too dark, it's not your normal white, and I think it would appeal to most buyers once that time comes.

General Finishes milk paint for kitchen cabinets is a smart choice. The paint is easy to work with. This blogger shows the difference between their snow white and seagull gray colors on her oak cabinets.

After two coats, my cabinet door looks amazing! I didn't sand, didn't prime...I literally just slapped the paint on with a foam brush, waited for it to dry about half an hour, and slapped on another coat. Once I start painting the actual cabinets, I will clean them thoroughly and use a deglosser and sealer for good measure.

General Finishes milk paint for kitchen cabinets is a smart choice. The paint is easy to work with. This blogger shows the difference between their snow white and seagull gray colors on her oak cabinets.

I had a small finial from an old curtain rod that I attached to the cabinet door to see what a brass hardware finish would look like. I'm in love.

Seagull Gray Brass Hardware Kitchen Cabinets

And that's my update! We'll be painting the walls and ceilings this weekend, and I'll show you all a sneak peek of that later this month. Then I'll start prepping for painting the cabinets. Here's our updated budget breakdown:

Phase 1: Monica Wants It Kitchen Renovation Checklist
-Open up the kitchen layout (done!)
-Remove Popcorn Ceiling (done!)
-Paint Air Vent (done! $4)
-Paint Ceiling (in progress- $88 for paint & supplies)
-New Light Fixture for Bay Window/Breakfast Area (done! $133)
-Possible(?) New Fixture to Replace Track Lighting (Buying 2nd chandelier, $125)
-Stain/Paint Cabinets
-Paint Walls (in progress)
-Add in 5 More Recessed Lights (done! $300)
-Add Open Shelving
-New Cabinet Hardware
-Misc. Accessories/Supplies
-Table/Chairs/Bench for Breakfast Nook (in progress, table $170)
-New Roman Shades for Bay Windows
-Add Moldings to Peninsula and Breakfast Area

Budget: $1,500 
Total Spent: $820 spent to date

25 comments:

  1. So far its looking beautiful. Lots of and removing any form of textured ceiling is even more work. I removed the popcorn in the Laundry room, now to do the Hallway. Looking forward to the reveal. Little by little. PS I have a Brady bunch kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  2. As always Monica great job. Thanks for being transparent about the many indecisive moments in decorating. You give us courage to go with what we love, not just what is trendy. Years ago I went with a blue and white kitchen, totally out of sync with trends at the time and totally me. Guess what, 27 years later I still have blue and white, it has gone in and out of fashion, I have tossed in different accent colors over the years (peach, rose, grey, turquoise to freshen it up) and I still love it.
    Since I did your General Finishes transformation in my powder room I am a huge fan of stain over crappy wood. That said the grey milk paint is lovely. If I didn't love my cherry GF I would paint them with that in a heart beat. You use your kitchen every day, it should make you smile every day and be exactly what you love. It has been 5 years since I did a kitchen remodel and I still get a thrill when I walk in.
    PS Shout out to your hubby for helping in all of the transformations and to you for being an appreciative wife. If we all were as thankful for the help we get as DIYers, we wouldn't be so overwhelmed with the process and would get more done.

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  3. WOW This is coming along beautifully. I can't wait to see the final kitchen.

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  4. What did you use to apply the milk paint (brush,roller,foam roller,sponge)? I ask because I don't see any brush strokes. Awesome job! Thank you.

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    1. Hi there! It states that in the post: "I used a paint brush to paint some of each color on the extra cabinet door we had. I read another blogger's review where she said there wasn't any brush strokes, but I definitely had brush strokes. So, I switched to a cheap foam brush, and I had flawless, factory finish results. You can still see the wood grain though, which I expected."

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

      Delete
  5. Where did you get the beautiful chandelier?

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    1. Hi Kim! The link to the chandelier is in the post right above the first photo of it. Hope that helps!

      Delete
  6. HI Monica, couple questions for you; did you use a sealer after painting the cabinets? Did you use the same seagull gray on the cabinets and doors? Was there enough in 1 quart or did you need more? Also did you use a top coat on these? And how about the desealer you spoke about, what kind did you use? Thanks for your help!

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    Replies
    1. Hi Emily! I haven't painted all my cabinets yet because we're finishing up some other projects first. All the cabinets will be seagull gray. I'd likely order a gallon's worth of the paint because I have a ton of cabinets. I'll be using the General Finishes flat topcoat (two coats worth) to seal them and I'll degloss them with the Rustoleum/Zinnser paint deglosser found at any home improvement store. Hope that helps!

      Delete
  7. Thank you! I followed your DIY directions for my bathroom cabinets and they turned out great! I still have a quart of the satin poly top coat left, do you think I could use that in the kitchen as well or would you recommend the flat topcoat?

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    Replies
    1. If you like the satin finish, I'd use what you have on hand already. I personally want a more matte/flat finish, so I am opting for the flat topcoat. It's truly a matter of preference, but you can't go wrong as long as it's a General Finishes product. :) I really love their stuff- it's high quality and durable.

      Delete
  8. Great post. I thought the issue with painting without sanding first was that it would peel. Since you've done this so recently I'm assuming you haven't seen any issues yet - keep us posted on the follow up!

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  9. I am thinking of painting my cabinets white, or seagull gray like you did, but I want a gloss finish. Does milk paint come in gloss or will I need to put some type of varnish finish on afterwards. Was hoping to avoid that step because I'm afraid it will yellow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should seal it with a topcoat- those come in a variety of finishes, such as gloss. Happy painting! :)

      Delete
  10. Any updated pictures? I am looking to paint my cabinets and I love the seagull grey color but I'm not sure what color to have my walls?

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    1. I posted my breakfast nook reveal which shows the color we used on the walls. I agree it's tricky to pick a paint color with the seagull gray color which is why I opted for a white color. Still haven't painted the cabinets though due to other projects I have to wrap up.

      Delete
  11. Where did you get the light fixture? Is this from Overstock?

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    1. Yes, it is from Overstock as stated in the post. Have a great day! :)

      Delete
  12. Monica I am dying over your old finial. Do you remember where you got it or who the maker is?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Cathy! The finial is from a cheap cafe curtain rod I bought over at Walmart many years ago. There are lots of similar acrylic/glass knobs on eBay that might work for you. Hope this helps!

      Delete
  13. Hey! I found your blog through Pinterest, and your renovation is awesome!! You mentioned that the wood grain still showed through...did it still show through after the 2 coats of paint and sealer?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Monica - I am dying to see the finished project - is there any way to put all your kitchen remodel updates in one section? I think i missed a step or two and I love your taste and style. I have boring old oak cabinets and am awaiting to see your reveal :) Please post as soon as you can! (PS- my bathroom vanity turned out awesome like you said it would!)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi, is milk paint the same as our (Annie Sloan) chalk paint? I'm planning on painting my units and was thinking of chalk paint as it doesn't need any preparation of the doors. but it is recommended that a wax rub is applied to give a nice finish, I'd appreciate your opinion. Thank u

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Monica,
    Did you have to wash and use deglosser prior to painting?
    With Rustoleum kit I had to, and it was Not easy some areas the paint didn't take I had to actually sand.

    ReplyDelete
  17. When you painted your kitchen cupboards was the frame of the cupboards laminate or are they all wood. If there is some laminate how did you paint those? Looks great.

    ReplyDelete

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kitchen Update: Choosing a Cabinet Color

I've been undergoing a kitchen renovation/facelift since August 2015! Catch up on the progress by reading post one, two or three.

Welcome to post #4 of my kitchen renovation! I haven't updated you all with any progress since we really hadn't made any since August. We are so slow when it comes to renovations.

This holiday break, we finally made some strides in the kitchen reno, and I'm excited to show you the progress. Here's a peek (there's more about the cabinets further down in the post).

Oak Cabinets Painted Milk Paint General Finishes Seagull Gray


Let's start with this uber gorg light fixture that we chose for our breakfast nook/eat-in kitchen area. I ended up choosing the fixture I mentioned in post #2, and I have ZERO regrets. The hubby put it up one day all by himself while I was at work, and he said it was a piece of cake.

Nerisa Chandelier Overstock

This chandelier has some major bling and the glass drops really, really sparkle. The chrome is classic and beautiful.

Nerisa Chandelier Review Overstock

I think it instantly classes up the whole space and it adds just the right amount of light. We also have nine (yes, nine!) recessed lights in the kitchen. You can also see that we've primed over the original dusty aqua paint color. I loved the blue/teal paint color originally, but now I want a more sophisticated color and finish.  We also removed that floating IKEA table and replaced it with another IKEA table that I'll show you in a future update.

Nerisa Chandelier Overstock

Here is the light fixture lit up at night. The cage around the light casts a lovely geometric pattern on the ceiling.

Nerisa Chandelier Overstock

We love this chandelier so much that we're buying an additional one to put in the spot where the track light fixture was (see below).

This blogger is revamping her kitchen for under $1500!

And now moving onto the most major decision of all...the paint color for the cabinets. I decided against the java (I know, I know...don't hate me!) because I think it'd be too dark for our kitchen. I wanted a bright, cheery, airy kitchen, but didn't want white cabinets. I wanted something a bit unique, still on the timeless side, and something that will be good for resell.

The folks at General Finishes were kind enough to send me some samples of their ah-may-zing milk paint in the snow white color and seagull gray color.

General Finishes milk paint for kitchen cabinets is a smart choice. The paint is easy to work with. This blogger shows the difference between their snow white and seagull gray colors on her oak cabinets.

I used a paint brush to paint some of each color on the extra cabinet door we had. I read another blogger's review where she said there wasn't any brush strokes, but I definitely had brush strokes. So, I switched to a cheap foam brush, and I had flawless, factory finish results. You can still see the wood grain though, which I expected.

After seeing both paints on the door, it was clear to me that seagull gray was perfect. It's not too dark, it's not your normal white, and I think it would appeal to most buyers once that time comes.

General Finishes milk paint for kitchen cabinets is a smart choice. The paint is easy to work with. This blogger shows the difference between their snow white and seagull gray colors on her oak cabinets.

After two coats, my cabinet door looks amazing! I didn't sand, didn't prime...I literally just slapped the paint on with a foam brush, waited for it to dry about half an hour, and slapped on another coat. Once I start painting the actual cabinets, I will clean them thoroughly and use a deglosser and sealer for good measure.

General Finishes milk paint for kitchen cabinets is a smart choice. The paint is easy to work with. This blogger shows the difference between their snow white and seagull gray colors on her oak cabinets.

I had a small finial from an old curtain rod that I attached to the cabinet door to see what a brass hardware finish would look like. I'm in love.

Seagull Gray Brass Hardware Kitchen Cabinets

And that's my update! We'll be painting the walls and ceilings this weekend, and I'll show you all a sneak peek of that later this month. Then I'll start prepping for painting the cabinets. Here's our updated budget breakdown:

Phase 1: Monica Wants It Kitchen Renovation Checklist
-Open up the kitchen layout (done!)
-Remove Popcorn Ceiling (done!)
-Paint Air Vent (done! $4)
-Paint Ceiling (in progress- $88 for paint & supplies)
-New Light Fixture for Bay Window/Breakfast Area (done! $133)
-Possible(?) New Fixture to Replace Track Lighting (Buying 2nd chandelier, $125)
-Stain/Paint Cabinets
-Paint Walls (in progress)
-Add in 5 More Recessed Lights (done! $300)
-Add Open Shelving
-New Cabinet Hardware
-Misc. Accessories/Supplies
-Table/Chairs/Bench for Breakfast Nook (in progress, table $170)
-New Roman Shades for Bay Windows
-Add Moldings to Peninsula and Breakfast Area

Budget: $1,500 
Total Spent: $820 spent to date

25 comments :

  1. So far its looking beautiful. Lots of and removing any form of textured ceiling is even more work. I removed the popcorn in the Laundry room, now to do the Hallway. Looking forward to the reveal. Little by little. PS I have a Brady bunch kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  2. As always Monica great job. Thanks for being transparent about the many indecisive moments in decorating. You give us courage to go with what we love, not just what is trendy. Years ago I went with a blue and white kitchen, totally out of sync with trends at the time and totally me. Guess what, 27 years later I still have blue and white, it has gone in and out of fashion, I have tossed in different accent colors over the years (peach, rose, grey, turquoise to freshen it up) and I still love it.
    Since I did your General Finishes transformation in my powder room I am a huge fan of stain over crappy wood. That said the grey milk paint is lovely. If I didn't love my cherry GF I would paint them with that in a heart beat. You use your kitchen every day, it should make you smile every day and be exactly what you love. It has been 5 years since I did a kitchen remodel and I still get a thrill when I walk in.
    PS Shout out to your hubby for helping in all of the transformations and to you for being an appreciative wife. If we all were as thankful for the help we get as DIYers, we wouldn't be so overwhelmed with the process and would get more done.

    ReplyDelete
  3. WOW This is coming along beautifully. I can't wait to see the final kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What did you use to apply the milk paint (brush,roller,foam roller,sponge)? I ask because I don't see any brush strokes. Awesome job! Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! It states that in the post: "I used a paint brush to paint some of each color on the extra cabinet door we had. I read another blogger's review where she said there wasn't any brush strokes, but I definitely had brush strokes. So, I switched to a cheap foam brush, and I had flawless, factory finish results. You can still see the wood grain though, which I expected."

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

      Delete
  5. Where did you get the beautiful chandelier?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kim! The link to the chandelier is in the post right above the first photo of it. Hope that helps!

      Delete
  6. HI Monica, couple questions for you; did you use a sealer after painting the cabinets? Did you use the same seagull gray on the cabinets and doors? Was there enough in 1 quart or did you need more? Also did you use a top coat on these? And how about the desealer you spoke about, what kind did you use? Thanks for your help!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Emily! I haven't painted all my cabinets yet because we're finishing up some other projects first. All the cabinets will be seagull gray. I'd likely order a gallon's worth of the paint because I have a ton of cabinets. I'll be using the General Finishes flat topcoat (two coats worth) to seal them and I'll degloss them with the Rustoleum/Zinnser paint deglosser found at any home improvement store. Hope that helps!

      Delete
  7. Thank you! I followed your DIY directions for my bathroom cabinets and they turned out great! I still have a quart of the satin poly top coat left, do you think I could use that in the kitchen as well or would you recommend the flat topcoat?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you like the satin finish, I'd use what you have on hand already. I personally want a more matte/flat finish, so I am opting for the flat topcoat. It's truly a matter of preference, but you can't go wrong as long as it's a General Finishes product. :) I really love their stuff- it's high quality and durable.

      Delete
  8. Great post. I thought the issue with painting without sanding first was that it would peel. Since you've done this so recently I'm assuming you haven't seen any issues yet - keep us posted on the follow up!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am thinking of painting my cabinets white, or seagull gray like you did, but I want a gloss finish. Does milk paint come in gloss or will I need to put some type of varnish finish on afterwards. Was hoping to avoid that step because I'm afraid it will yellow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should seal it with a topcoat- those come in a variety of finishes, such as gloss. Happy painting! :)

      Delete
  10. Any updated pictures? I am looking to paint my cabinets and I love the seagull grey color but I'm not sure what color to have my walls?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I posted my breakfast nook reveal which shows the color we used on the walls. I agree it's tricky to pick a paint color with the seagull gray color which is why I opted for a white color. Still haven't painted the cabinets though due to other projects I have to wrap up.

      Delete
  11. Where did you get the light fixture? Is this from Overstock?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it is from Overstock as stated in the post. Have a great day! :)

      Delete
  12. Monica I am dying over your old finial. Do you remember where you got it or who the maker is?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Cathy! The finial is from a cheap cafe curtain rod I bought over at Walmart many years ago. There are lots of similar acrylic/glass knobs on eBay that might work for you. Hope this helps!

      Delete
  13. Hey! I found your blog through Pinterest, and your renovation is awesome!! You mentioned that the wood grain still showed through...did it still show through after the 2 coats of paint and sealer?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Monica - I am dying to see the finished project - is there any way to put all your kitchen remodel updates in one section? I think i missed a step or two and I love your taste and style. I have boring old oak cabinets and am awaiting to see your reveal :) Please post as soon as you can! (PS- my bathroom vanity turned out awesome like you said it would!)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi, is milk paint the same as our (Annie Sloan) chalk paint? I'm planning on painting my units and was thinking of chalk paint as it doesn't need any preparation of the doors. but it is recommended that a wax rub is applied to give a nice finish, I'd appreciate your opinion. Thank u

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Monica,
    Did you have to wash and use deglosser prior to painting?
    With Rustoleum kit I had to, and it was Not easy some areas the paint didn't take I had to actually sand.

    ReplyDelete
  17. When you painted your kitchen cupboards was the frame of the cupboards laminate or are they all wood. If there is some laminate how did you paint those? Looks great.

    ReplyDelete