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Kitchen Cabinet Reveal

Painting the kitchen cabinets wrapped up last week!  Which means I can finally share some pictures.  sherwin williams alpaca, kitchen cabinetsBack in this post I shared a little about the color, Sherwin Williams Alpaca, that we chose.  Alpaca ended up being just what we wanted in a paint color.  A color that works well with both the floors and the counters.  Our main concern when selecting a color was that we didn’t want something that would blend right in with the counters.  While this color gray can be found in the counters it’s not the same overall tonal value so the two surfaces read separately.
sherwin williams alpaca, kitchen cabinets

I am so glad that we chose a lighter color gray because the kitchen looks and feels so much bigger now.  And who doesn’t mind a bigger kitchen?  Coming from a girl who generally despises yellow rooms it’s crazy how much we love the Lemon Chiffon yellow.  The lightness of the yellow really gives the room a happy and inviting feel.  These pictures really don’t do the colors justice.  
sherwin williams alpaca, kitchen cabinets

It’s so nice to have the bulk of the painting over with now.  All that’s left in the painting department is painting the trim a clean, crisp white and painting the trim we plan to add to cover the under cabinet lighting that will be installed.
sherwin williams alpaca, kitchen cabinetsPaint wasn’t the only update our cabinets received.  They also got a nice little upgrade in hardware with these TAG satin nickel pulls that we picked up at IKEA last year.  We chose TAG because we wanted something clean and simple, and something that wouldn’t break the budget.  These came in packs of two for $4.99.  So they really were an affordable upgrade for the kitchen.

sherwin williams alpaca, kitchen cabinets
I couldn’t help but showcase these beautiful flowers that ML gave me the other day.  It was perfect timing because I had already planned to stop and buy yellow flowers the next day and he didn’t even know that.  flowers Finally, what’s a renovation without a before and after picture.Kitchen Before-AfterThe kitchen really has come a long way.  Not that it started out in dire need of help or anything but the color palette just wasn’t us.  I had been wanting to change the red wall ever since we bought the house almost six years ago!  Looking at the picture above a hope to sprinkle some more bold yellow around the room.  For instance by adding a yellow dishtowel to hang on the oven and maybe some yellow vases on the counter or yellow artwork to lean against the backs plash.

With this kitchen renovation we have prepped the house for resale by installing matching black appliances as well installing a classic subway tile backsplash, new counters, and a durable rug.

We still lack a few more details to finish up in the kitchen but at least to the naked eye it looks complete.  That’s an accomplishment in itself.

Next week, I plan to share how we made our template to install the new hardware and the process I used to paint the cabinets.  What projects have you been working on lately?  Have you been experiencing a shift in your color palette?  Do you have a color that is your least favorite to see in a room?

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Time to Weigh In

Ok, y’all! Michael Luke has finally finished grouting the tile backsplash. Let me just tell you that it looks great. Even better than I imagined because we didn’t have to pay anybody to install it!  I’ll be back with more posts about all our tiling adventures but until then I need your input on paint colors for the cabinets.

We have wasted countless hours staring at all our paint samples, re-situating them around the room, switching back and forth between favorites, and now we have narrowed it down to two choices.

Sherwin Williams Alpaca and Requisite Grey.
cabinet shotOriginally, when I started pulling finishes together for our kitchen I was picturing a medium grey tone for the cabinets.

My Sunshine Kitchen

My Sunshine Kitchen by krystle-1 on polyvore.com

But now that I have had time to think a little lot more about it and see what the kitchen looks like with the counters and backsplash installed I’m honestly  leaning more towards Sherwin Williams Alpaca.

counter shotI like Alpaca because being a lighter color it won’t enclose the kitchen.  It has been truly amazing how much bigger the kitchen looks since we painted it yellow and I just don’t want to lose that visual illusion.

american olean backsplashSo here’s where you come in.  It’s time for you to weigh in and let me know which color you would choose.  I plan to get the paint mixed by the end of the week and hopefully start painting by this weekend!

Have you ever debated and then debated some more a major design decision for your house?  Or are you one of those who goes with their first choice and there is no turning back?

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A Splash of White

Sometimes in the real world of DIY projects and weekend warrior attempts the project doesn’t get wrapped up in thirty minutes or less.  For example, the tiling of our kitchen backsplash that began over a month ago back when we repainted the kitchen.american olean backsplash

But now that it is completed (except for the grout) we couldn’t be happier!  For total wow factor lets go back and look at how our kitchen looked just a few months ago.

KitchenI don’t think our kitchen looked bad to begin with but I definitely think we have made a change for the better.  With the new lighter wall paint and white backsplash it is amazing how much larger the kitchen feels.

For the backsplash we used American Olean white subway tiles.  Basic ceramic subway tiles are some of the least expensive tiles you can buy but look beautiful and timeless once installed.  
american olean backsplashamerican olean backsplashamerican olean backsplashamerican olean backsplashMichael Luke won some major hubby of the year points for tackling this project all on his own working many light nights and several weekends.  He will be the first to tell you that it was completely worth it though.  Especially, since we saved so much money versus having an installer do the job.american olean backsplash

We still lack grouting the tiles but I gave him a break from DIYing for a little while.  Hopefully, later this month we will find some spare time to get the grouting knocked out.  What you see in the pictures is basically what it will look like once finished though because our grout color is grey.
american olean backsplash

american olean backsplash

I love how the white sink and backsplash really compliment the dark gray counters and that the tile extends all the way down to the counters.  Sometimes I have to almost pinch myself because I can’t believe it is my kitchen!
noahNoah doesn’t mind the changes either!

Next up on our kitchen renovation agenda is painting the cabinets, adding light valance to the upper cabinets, and installing under cabinet lighting.  I’ll be back later to let you weigh in on paint color selection for the cabinets.

What kind of DIY project have you or your significant other been up to lately?  Is your to-do list growing like mine?  I can’t help but want to tackle projects with all this beautiful weather God has blessed us with lately.

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