Happy Labor day friends! I hope everyone is truly getting a break from their Labors and are enjoying the last days of summer.
I am getting ready for a big week here. My twins, who are almost 11 are heading to 6th grade Science Camp this week, and before they get back, I am heading to Washington state for a fundraiser and workshop for CeCe Caldwell’s paints at Orphan Decor in Spokane. CeCe herself will be there, as will many of the CeCe Caldwell’s family. I cannot wait to meet with like minded creative souls and learn some fun new painting techniques.
We all know that Oak is solid, really, really solid! It doesn’t always translate to a beautiful, up to date, light and airy kitchen. My client has a small home, with a very small kitchen, but what she lacks in space, she more than makes up for in personality and fun. Her home is decked out in all things Western that pay tribute to her horse loving, horse riding, way of life. She recently updated her kitchen, but got bucked (get it???) at what she thought would be the uber high price of painting her cabs. Not so! We were able to give her a kitchen a whole new look at a very “Fair Shake”.
Here is a look at the before:
Beautiful countertops? Check. Gorgeous floors? Check. Fun decor? Check. Great appliances? Check. Light? Well…….
Enter the magic of paint……..
As I mentioned, the kitchen was small, so just changing the color to a light color made all difference.
Emma got the cabinets prepped and ready, thorough cleaning with TSP, followed by a light sand, and Zinnser primer. I like to go over the primer with a few coats of Zinnser Enamel spray primer. This kind of “seals the deal” that the paint will not wear off, water won’t get to the wood, and the overall look will be beautiful.
We did two coats of Modern Masters Basic White, followed by a light coat of a very weak glaze I made using Modern Masters Furniture and Cabinetry Glaze and Coffee Bean colorant. You can order Modern Masters products from my friend who sells it HERE, or you can check your local Kelly Moore, they do stock this brand. As much a I LOVE CeCe Caldwell’s paints, Ido use other paints for other projects from time to time.
After the glaze had dried (it has a large “open” time), which is great because it is easier to work with. I finished with several coats of Poly that I sprayed on with my HVLP sprayer. This provides a perfect finish, with no highs or lows (sheen and not sheen in spots).
We were so thrilled with the after. The entire kitchen looked so different! And all we did was paint and a little glaze. The bathrooms were completely transformed too, but they are very small, with no natural light, so they asked to be left out of the lime light
And, in case you forgot what it looked like before “le makeover”, here is a side by side collage:
I had so much fun on this project, and hanging out with my client that I would say it was as good as a “Hog Killing Time”. (Cowboy speak for a lot of fun)
“Y’all come back tomorrow to check out my trash on “Trashy Tuesday”!
Linking up the whole mess at these Ace-High Parties: