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One Room Challenge Week 2 | A Kitchen Makeover — Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

This week I’m sharing the progress we’ve made on our kitchen cabinets that are part of our kitchen makeover for the Fall One Room Challenge. 

Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Once again, I’m blown away by the ideas my fellow ORC guest participants are coming up with for this round. If this is your first time hearing about the One Room Challenge (also known as ORC), it’s a bi-yearly six-week design and renovation challenge where bloggers from all over the internet get together and share their room transformations.

Week 1 | The Plan

Week 2 | Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Week 3 | IKEA Island Hack

Week 4 | Open Kitchen Shelving

Last week, I shared with you my plans for our modern-farmhouse kitchen makeover. This has been a project on our to-do list since we first laid eyes on our townhouse almost 2 years ago, so this is so exciting to be finally getting started and seeing our ideas come to life. The overall goal for the makeover is to brighten up our kitchen, so each project we have planned will help achieve this in some way or another. We have been dreaming up the perfect color for our cabinets

We have been dreaming up the perfect color for our cabinets for a really long time. I didn’t want to go with white because that just seemed too boring. There are so many fun colors out there to choose from and so many designers have been opting for color on their cabinets. Our cabinets are in great shape and we love them, we just weren’t in love with the dark wood. I knew I wanted to go either blue-grey, green-grey or beige-grey. We just knew whichever color we ended up choosing needed to compliment the floor tiles and the countertops. As much as we’d love to rip them both out and do concrete countertops and floors (someday!), it’s just not in our budget right now.

I started the process of choosing the cabinet color by pinning kitchens I loved the looks of and the funniest thing happened — I kept pinning the same kitchen over and over again. At that point, I figured I must have found a color I was helplessly in love with. So I started investigating what this paint color was because it was perfect. Here’s what I determined: these custom cabinets are from a company called DeVOL that are custom mixed by DeVOL using Farrow and Ball paints. Great. I thought I hit a road block. BUT, I found this blog post by Laurel Bern Interiors where she hunts down the paint colors they use on their custom cabinets. BINGO. I wasn’t the only person lusting after this color, after all!

Lisa Gutow

At the very bottom of the blog post, Laurel links to a blog post with the Benjamin Moore equivalents of the Farrow and Ball colors. At this point, I started to weep happy tears. She had matched Farrow and Balls Cromarty to Benjamin Moore’s Night Mist. Armed with my paint chips, I brought it home to my kitchen and knew it was the perfect color. Not stark white. Not grey. Not green. Not blue. Somewhere in between. And honestly, it’s a dream color to work with. If we ever want to change our complimentary colors, we can go any which direction on the color wheel and it will still look fabulous.

So here’s the part where I broke One Room Challenge rules. In the summer when the kids and I were at our summer cottage in Ontario, my husband got to work on the cupboards while he had the time and the space to get the job done. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the delight of taking cupboards off to paint with children crawling around, but I don’t think it would be a blast.

I wish I could do a tutorial showing how easy it is to paint kitchen cabinets, but the truth is, my husband did the whole job using an industrial grade sprayer. It was a huge job and definitely not something you do in a weekend. It took some serious time. I’m so thankful we weren’t in the house when he did it.

But what an amazing surprise to come home to at the end of the summer. I cried. A lot. It looks so good, guys! What a difference a coat of paint can do for a space, especially a space in need of brightening up!

It’s amazing, huh? I feel like changing the cabinet color was so big and made this project really start to come together in a hurry. I’m amazed at what paint color really did to change this space! And for only about $100, our cabinets look like they’re brand new and look like they cost us a fortune. Now all we need to do is figure out drawer pulls and knobs and we are all set! I’m still lusting after these brass knobs and pulls, but we’ll see!

So that’s the progress so far! Now it’s time to take out a wall and put in an island. Let’s just say Ikea couldn’t have opened at a better time here in the Maritimes! I have a feeling we are going to be outfitting this kitchen out with a lot of Ikea products.

Come back next week to see how the kitchen looks with one less wall. Lord help me. Drywall dust is my absolute least favorite thing on earth. Nothing worse than a layer of chalky powder on E V E R Y T H I N G.

Make sure you are following along on Instagram for some sneak peaks and behind the scenes.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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  • Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.c

    Wow, your cabinets look amazing. Love the colour and that you were able to find the name of it! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • That color is dreamy!!!

  • What a gorgeous color…and a HUGE transformation! I know you like the brass pulls, but I could totally see matte black hardware on those cabinets for a gorgeous farmhouse look. Can’t wait to see this week’s progress!