A few weeks ago…
I mentioned that I was adding black to my interiors. I have been all over black and white these past several weeks, so much so that I painted my kitchen cabinets black.
Although the kitchen had some very nice features it was lacking natural light, contrast, and drama to highlight the features. You might be wondering why I would choose to paint the cabinetry black when the kitchen receives no natural light and is dependant on artificial light. I saw that I had two options. Either I could paint the cabinets white/light color and try to bring light into the space or I could go with it and create a dramatic space using dark cabinetry. I felt I would not be happy with white because the artificial lighting would be forever distorting the undertones. I reasoned that it would be better to go with a rich dark hue that would absorb the light and bring a feeling of elegance to the space. Inspired by Michelle Niday’s first interview, I decided to paint the cabinets a soft black to balance the dramatic ceiling height and interesting cabinet detail. To bounce light around the room, I added a pair of fabulous chandeliers and am on the hunt for a mirror to hang above the range.
I decided to save myself thousands of dollars and paint the cabinetry myself. I know, I know, what was I thinking? I know exactly what I was thinking… that savings would buy me some nice chandeliers and other elements for the kitchen. If you are thinking of painting your cabinets, plan on allowing a week or two to complete the job. I have included a few helpful tips below.
Tips for painting cabinets:
- Use a high quality paint with primer in the formula
- Use a degreaser to clean the cabinets
- Sand lightly with fine sandpaper or sanding block
- Wipe the dust away using a damp cloth
- Use a tack cloth to remove any remaining dust
- Use a high quality paintbrush to the recessed areas
- Use a low nap roller to paint the flat areas
- Use patience!
Products I used
- Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron paint and primer
- Greased Lightning (degreaser)
- Sanding block
Elements of this kitchen transformation:
- Cabinets painted
- Lighting added over the cabinets
- Lighting installed in glass cabinets
- Crystal chandeliers replaced island fixture
- Used accessories I already had
Total Cost for this kitchen makeover: $1,057.00
- Two gallons paint – $100
- Sand paper – $6.00
- Degreaser – $6.00
- Pair of crystal chandeliers – $945.00
Note: We added the cabinet lighting shortly after moving into this house and I didn’t include it in the make over cost because I don’t remember how much we spent. The cost was very reasonable though.
These fabulous chandeliers came from Lighing Etc. They have the absolute best prices that I have found. If you find a fixture you like, it would be worth your time to contact them for pricing. They have even been consistently better priced that any internet pricing I have found.
I hope you have a great week
P.S. Stay tuned for the next step in this kitchen makeover!
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