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November 13, 2013
12:41 am
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handsoffhesmine
Hamcat
Meows: 82
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March 1, 2013

I had light oak cabinets, and painted them black.  I did it about 10 years ago or so, before I got educated about the subject, via blogs.  The only hardware on them were the hinges, and I didn't even take them off frown.  I didn't sand or prime either cry.  As a result, you can see the grain of the oak.  Not sure if sanding would have totally alleviated that or not. I added knobs too.  It hasn't held up great.  There is wear around the knobs of the most used cabinets and drawers.  Most of the others are ok. There are some drips too.  Apparently sanding was a foreign concept.  Hopefully, a full kitchen redo is in the cards for next year, so I'm holding on for now. I'm at work, so no pix, but if I remember I'll add them soon.

 Someone upthread mentioned beadboard wallpaper for the backsplash.  I recently did that for the "phase 1", since it was only painted.  It was easy, inexpensive, and looks pretty cool. Nobody has been able to tell it's wallpaper.  I recently took off a couple of cabinet doors for phase 1 too(I know, I know), and painted the insides.  I can only put my matching stuff in those ones wink.  

 

I guess my advice if you're going to paint the cabinets is, DO THE PREP WORK! 

November 13, 2013
2:44 am
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Will Not Be DeTurd
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 838
Snarking Since:
August 14, 2013

I love the before and after kitchens shared here! Great job Cats!
I'll have to share before and afters of mine… not that the after is anything amazing, but when you see the before you'll be singing my praises ;)

I do have a redesign of my own I need to share. It's kind of like the last redesign with the HUGE blank wall and vaulted ceiling, but it spans my joined "formal" (meaning covered in toys) dining and living room.

November 13, 2013
9:20 pm
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Hipster Blogging Fantasy Camp
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Meows: 56
Snarking Since:
June 11, 2013

This is what our kitchen looked like in our first house/after we cleaned it up:

 

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and after we used the white rustoleum kit (with no glaze) 

 

 

 

We really loved it. I would definitely recommend the rustoleum kits. The paint was still in really good condition 3-4 years after we did it, no touch ups needed or anything (though we don't have kids – I can't say how well it would hold up with kids).

November 13, 2013
9:21 pm
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Hipster Blogging Fantasy Camp
Hamcat
Meows: 56
Snarking Since:
June 11, 2013

Aaaaah! Sorry for the giant photos chair

November 13, 2013
9:34 pm
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Quarter Assed Quilt
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1855
Snarking Since:
April 23, 2013

Hipster Blogging Fantasy Camp said
Aaaaah! Sorry for the giant photos chair

Looks great! Where did you get your wood counters?

November 13, 2013
9:38 pm
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Hipster Blogging Fantasy Camp
Hamcat
Meows: 56
Snarking Since:
June 11, 2013


Phoebe Buffet said

Hipster Blogging Fantasy Camp said
Aaaaah! Sorry for the giant photos chair

Looks great! Where did you get your wood counters?

 

Thanks! They are ikea countertops that we stained (I don't remember the color) and we sealed with waterlox (I think? I can't remember the name of it). I know it was food-safe & water proof. The countertops held up really well too. 

November 13, 2013
10:10 pm
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Diarrhea Stew
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1038
Snarking Since:
July 29, 2013

WheresMyCoffee said

You guys! I love this. Wanna help a ham out? So, this is my kitchen. Its the one room in the houe I just don't love, it doesn't feel like "me". We are in the process of painting it the blue. So the brown will be gone next week (That was the color from the previous owners) The trim isn't done. I hate that space between the cupboards over a sink-Any suggestions? (I originally thought shelves when we bought, but Im worried about to much going on if a different color than the cupboards?) I also hate having photos all over the fridge, and now that my son is at an age where he does "art" I was thinking/hoping of some sort of bulletion board/cute way to display things on the (now) brown wall?

I don't want to spend a lot of money, but I want the kitchen to feel like me. I spend a lot of time in here. I tend to like style like KB's (Oh the horror)- Greens, blues, whites etc…

 

I love DIY/decorating, but this room just bugs me. Its to small, to blah.

 

 

 

Thanks!

The wall that's still tan, how about painting it with magnetic paint for your sons art work? even a square a build a frame around it?
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jhrhP8ss81w/UnlL5mPymjI/AAAAAAAAE-I/aGDf_BeINbA/s1600/diy+branch+hooks+6.jpg

November 13, 2013
10:13 pm
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Diarrhea Stew
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1038
Snarking Since:
July 29, 2013

ShabbyChicChick said

I've painted my cabinets too. The first time I hired someone to sand and paint them white. The thing I would say about white is it got dirty and when you are used to wood cabinets hiding certain kinds of fingerprints, stains, etc. white cabinets can be a chore. Mine are now painted green. Huscat loves them, I am so-so with them.

 

WMC, I am going to suggest something radically different for you. Tho I do not like Chris Love Julia as people, I like what they did in their kitchen in house1. The dark blue cabinets, white walls, wood floors and some black. Even the Ikea shelves for over the sink. Or some cool pendant light ( I dont like their pendant lights here tho)

http://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2013/07/the-kitchen-before-and-afters.html

I have green cabinets too! sfun_bananachaplin

 

November 14, 2013
6:59 am
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SecretBaby
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1042
Snarking Since:
August 15, 2013

I like the idea of white cabinets with the blue in WMC's kitchen and loved the shared before/afters of other folk's cabinets painted white! Such an improvement!

Here is my dilemma:

Our house came with white painted everything, kitchen cabinets included. I really love how the white cabinets blend with our white dishwasher and white/black trim stove, but we have large dogs and the end cabinet near the backyard door is always FILTHY from the dogs brushing up against it as they come and go. It's a b***h to keep clean. Also, we juice and get splatters on our upper cabinets a lot, too.

 

I've been toying around with painting the cabinets a light turquoise or sunny yellow color to disguise the dirt (When we first moved in, I thought about painting cabinets a vintage minty color with cheery soft yellow walls–Huscat doesn't like "depressing" colors)  but I don't know if our white dishwasher will stick out like a sore thumb surrounded by blue cabinets? I recently fell in love with "Hummingbird Blue" on some cabinets in a laundry room I saw in my most recent HGTV magazine. This is a very small kitchen space (WAAY down the line we plan on doing a whole kitchen/dining room/second story master bedroom & full bath gut job/addition, but until than, this is going to have to do!) with only a small window with eastern light.

 

Sorry no pics chair will try to upload some this afternoon!!

You know I love it when you get all bitchy and wild.
November 18, 2013
7:12 am
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Keith87glass
Kitten
Meows: 4
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November 18, 2013

I think you should go for very dark color, like dark chocolate or dark brown.

It will look very isolated but avoid get cabinets look dirty quickly.

December 1, 2013
12:21 pm
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Jesus of Monroe
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Meows: 33
Snarking Since:
February 21, 2013

Hello, hamcats!

 

You are all geniuses and much MUCH more qualified than the Petersucks for this type of thing, so I was hoping you could help me out. We're in a rental house right now, and the entry/living/dining rooms are all connected. I took a panoramic picture to try and show the full layout. Basically, I've gotten really bored of the white frame gallery (probably because Sherry has ruined it for all of us), and I'm contemplating turning that full back wall into one giant gallery with lots of gold/black/white/dark wood frames (sort of like this in terms of color mixing, if not size). I have a lot of really cool old political cartoons and stuff with gold frames, as well as some colorful paintings on wrapped canvases, and would probably go with minimal artwork in the rest of the room to let that wall shine. What do we think — too much? Too trendy? 

 

Oh, and enjoy the golden retriever. He says hi.

 

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December 1, 2013
1:20 pm
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You make me happy
Feline Porklord
Meows: 4706
Snarking Since:
October 27, 2012

Awwww! Dog photobomb, so adorable! Love the windows!

I like your idea. Personally I'm not a big fan of the gallery walls but I tend to like things very, very minimal and nobody would ever come to me for advice, lol! Would you carry it past the blue? I'm having a hard time figuring out how to use the full wall with the half blue/half white. I kind of like the way you have it now. Hopefully others will chime in because I know I'm not any help. Cool house and you've done a great job! I'm also in Texas (I assume you are) and really, really want to put in hardwood floors.

December 1, 2013
2:16 pm
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Katogo
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 210
Snarking Since:
June 11, 2013

This is less a YHL inspired change and more a pinterest inspired change but I'd love some advice. 

 

I got a pie safe off the free section of CL. It's mostly real wood but some parts of it are particle board. It's a ugly dated pine color but I want it to be a dark espresso kind of color. Do I stain it? Do I have to spray paint it? How can I refinish a mixed materials piece like this? 



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