June 26, 2022

I by no means thought I might use the phrase “mauve” and “contemporary” in the identical sentence, however right here we’re. As you noticed in our final kitchen submit, we determined to embrace the prevailing counters and go for a tone-on-tone search for Part One – simply because why the heck not?! When else do you get mauve counters to work with? Be aware: you possibly can learn extra on why we want to make smaller updates & dwell with the kitchen we’ve for a pleasant very long time (versus gutting it straight away) right here.







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After doing 5 fast & simple updates to our kitchen that made a reasonably large distinction a couple of weeks again, we knew that portray the previous chipping cupboards would additionally actually go a good distance in making this room really feel so much much less worn out. So after testing two potential colours on the doorways under, we each ended up liking the darker colour on the suitable cupboard that just about precisely matches the counters.






The profitable colour = Sherwin Williams Artsy Pink (we used their “Emerald” paint in a satin end). And right this moment we’re going to share how the entire cupboard portray venture went, together with a few different updates we did to our previous kitchen cupboards on the identical time, together with putting in hidden hinges – which actually did make an enormous distinction for a pleasant low worth.






Right here’s the kitchen because it appears to be like proper now (sure, we succeeded in our objective to additionally paint the dishwasher that we talked about right here – and it labored! Extra on that in a second).









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And for reference, right here’s the kitchen because it regarded after we purchased the home. It undoubtedly feels considerably extra open and simply usually much more like “us,” which makes it much more gratifying to make use of.






This room is within the coronary heart of our home (actually, it’s in the midst of all of it) and we’re all in right here on a regular basis – particularly with digital studying happening (one child is commonly down right here on the desk whereas the opposite’s upstairs on the artwork desk) so we’re grateful to have a spot that feels comfy and purposeful.







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Going again to the colour alternative for a minute – you already know I like a full circle second. And this progress photograph was snapped whereas the soffits had been being eliminated and the ground was being patched (you possibly can learn extra about these renovation particulars right here) – however look what colour the kitchen partitions as soon as had been! That’s proper. This room was destined to be mauve. The even funnier factor is that after we had been crouching down on the ground portray the cupboards, the toekick of the cupboards had been ALSO MAUVE! So at one level the partitions and the cupboards in right here had been that colour!






The opposite humorous factor in regards to the colour we picked is that it’s on the very same colour swatch because the pink that we used for the duplex doorways. These doorways had been Sherwin Williams White Truffle, and Artsy Pink is actually on the identical swatch card, touching White Truffle, only a shade deeper. Be aware: you possibly can see different duplex paint colours & sources right here.


Pink Diamond Door In Mudroom With Herringbone Pink Tile Floor



How We Painted The Cupboards

We have already got an extraordinarily thorough cupboard paint tutorial (with a video!) which you can observe, however right here’s the fast model of what went down in right here. First, we eliminated all the doorways and drawers from the frames, together with all the {hardware} and hinges. These are literally new hidden hinges, which I’ll let you know extra about later on this submit.






We wiped the doorways and frames down with liquid deglosser (it’s particularly vital in a kitchen the place cupboards could be lined with oil drips and grease, which messes with paint adhesion). And within the case of 1 door, we scraped off an exterminator sticker from 1991. Let’s all pause to understand that 1991 is almost THIRTY years in the past.






We additionally selected to shortly sand every of the doorways with our electrical sander, since we couldn’t make certain how good the unique paint job was (when you’re portray already-painted doorways like ours, it’s a good suggestion as a result of your new paint job is just going to carry in addition to the one that you just’re going over). We’re glad we did as a result of we undoubtedly uncovered some spots with poor adherence.






Then we primed each side of every door utilizing our favourite stain-blocking primer and a small 4″ foam curler for clean surfaces (these offer you a extremely clean outcome with out brushstrokes). Additionally be aware, these seven doorways represent our whole kitchen (plus 5 drawers). SEVEN. So regardless that this was a methodical course of that took a couple of days, due to drying and curing time, every step was tremendous quick.






As soon as each side of the doorways had been dry from their coat of primer, we then painted either side Artsy Pink (ugh, I want it had a much less tacky title) and allow them to treatment for about 4 days earlier than reinstalling (the longer you let the paint treatment, the tougher and fewer probably it’s to get dinged up). One other professional to having so few cupboards to color – this complete cupboard paint job solely took lower than a quart of paint. And that was with two coats on every little thing!






In the meantime, again on the cupboard frames within the kitchen, we sanded and patched any holes with wooden filler, like the place the previous hinges had been screwed in.






Then we might proceed with priming and portray the cupboard frames themselves. With all the doorways off, we additionally used this chance to color the INSIDES of the cupboards, which made them really feel much more contemporary & up to date. You’ll be able to see how uncooked they had been all this time – simply unfinished plywood packing containers towards unpainted drywall.






I can’t underscore how significantly better it feels to have all of that primed & painted with two coats of semi-gloss white (Pure White by Sherwin Williams). In some methods, it was this a part of the venture that made the cupboards really feel essentially the most “refreshed” as a result of they felt additional unfinished inside earlier than.






We’ll share extra information about how our kitchen is organized in one other submit (we had round 3 or 4 occasions as many cupboards in our final kitchen, however every little thing we’d like suits in right here, thanks to some tips we’ll share in that submit). However for now I can enthusiastically say that when you’ve got a small kitchen it may undoubtedly be value it to repaint the within of the cupboards whilst you’re doing the doorways and drawer fronts. Sherry even added these thick clear shelf liners to maintain issues from scraping up our new paint job.

In order that’s how we bought this room to this present level, and the quart of paint, a couple of different portray provides like rollers & wooden putty, and the hidden hinges that we purchased all added as much as about $96 spent! YES, it was UNDER $100 for this complete replace!









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In particular person the brand new paint job makes a giant distinction. It’s possible you’ll keep in mind from earlier posts that they had been really fairly scuffed up and worse-for-wear up shut.






However now they’re contemporary and clean, inside and outside.






Portray The Dishwasher Mauve

I discussed we wished to color the dishwasher to mix in with the cupboards right here – and I’m joyful to report that it labored. Our backup plan was going to be so as to add some form of skinny wooden cowl that we might paint if the mauve didn’t persist with our equipment paint base (extra on that right here) – nevertheless it was fairly simple and the adhesion has been nice.






We did evenly sand it earlier than rolling on the identical paint we used for the cupboards – and even after loads of steaming cycles, it’s holding regular.






It helps to maintain this small part of decrease cupboards from feeling chopped up by a stark white equipment (the “white” dishwasher colour was extra stark/cool than the “white” range colour on the opposite facet of the room – so if it had balanced extra and felt the identical tone we’d have left it alone). I by no means thought we’d get excited a few purply-pink dishwasher, however once more, right here we’re.






Putting in Hidden Hinges (On Video!)

The unsung hero of this replace is the hinge swap that occurred. You’ll be able to see on this photograph from our first kitchen submit that the cupboards initially had these previous surface-mount hinges which can be seen on the entrance of the cupboard. They had been painted over no less than two occasions (they most likely as soon as had been mauve and later had been painted white), so that they creaked and simply felt gummed up and previous their prime.






We fearful {that a} darker paint colour would solely intensify them and gum them up much more, so we took the time (and about $40) to swap them out for a hidden-style hinge. Oh and see that nook of the counter that was once cracked off? Sherry stole the panel from the facet of the counter and reduce it and loopy glued it to suit. Now it appears to be like fairly seamless. I believe she’s going to do an Instagram Story video to point out you the way it turned out.





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Okay, again to the hinges. Most trendy kitchens use hid hinges like these (under left) or these that require a spherical gap within the bottom of your cupboard door for the hinge to recesses into. They promote instruments to make it simpler to drill these holes in case your doorways don’t have already got them, however our doorways aren’t very thick and we didn’t belief them to outlive all of that gap boring. So as a substitute we discovered some hidden hinges (under proper) that may mount proper to the prevailing floor of our doorways. No gap boring required.






Putting in them was a bit of bit tedious, however alongside the best way we found a trick that made it MUCH quicker than following the directions. I believe the instruction’s methodology was geared extra in direction of somebody putting in these on new cupboards that had by no means had hinges earlier than, not for somebody changing current hinges. So we really made a video to point out our little cheat for rushing the method alongside.

(You too can watch it right here on YouTube)

If you happen to can’t watch the video proper now, come again to view it when you possibly can as a result of a video at all times feels extra useful than pictures could be – particularly on this case (additionally there are a couple of moments the place I display simply how clean I’m, so tune in for that). Within the meantime, right here’s a quick model of what we did. As an alternative of utilizing the paper templates supplied within the packaging – which concerned quite a lot of slicing, taping, leveling, pencil-marking, and many others. – we briefly put in the brand new hinge OVER the previous hinge utilizing one current screw that lined up with the brand new hinge holes.






This held the brand new hinge completely in place in order that we might drill pilot holes for the screws on the cupboard body facet. Our frames had been a bit thinner than the hinge itself (see how the again holes overhang the body) however we present within the video how we overcame this with an extended screw pushed in at an angle, again into body.






With our pilot holes drilled, we might take away each hinges (new and previous) after which reattach the brand new hinge utilizing the 2 pilot holes on the body and current screw gap on the door. From right here we might simply drill pilot holes for the remaining screws on the door facet of the hinge, and screw within the remaining screws. No templates. No pencil marks. No measuring.






Additionally, WE DID THIS BEFORE WE PAINTED THE DOORS AND CABINETS! That method if there was any difficulty that we wanted to repair with wooden putty, we might with no need to repaint something. Positively do this when you can!

One different factor of be aware that I realized within the course of (and forgot to level out within the video) is that it might assist to put in the door-side screws in two separate steps. First, add the screws in these two rectangular holes and shut the door to verify it doesn’t look crooked or askew. You’ll be able to modify the hinge on these two rectangular holes by loosening the screw and shifting the hinge ahead or backward on the screw. When you’re proud of how the door appears to be like closed, then you possibly can drill your pilot holes and add the screws within the two-round holes to “lock in” your placement.









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The subsequent factor we need to present you on this kitchen is a little more in regards to the group. As I discussed, it solely has about 25% of the cabinetry that we used to have again in our Richmond kitchen, so for many who are inquisitive about downsizing or how we’re making so much much less house work simply as laborious, we’re going to share a submit about what we’ve accomplished to verify each very last thing suits (and is straightforward to seize with out digging via different issues). Sherry at all times loves these posts the place you possibly can see inside of somebody’s cupboards or drawers (half the explanation she watches Housewives is to stare at their kitchens and closets and within the background), so it’ll be filled with these sorts of pictures.

P.S. You’ll be able to atone for our whole Florida home reno proper right here. From our exterior makeover, to the one and solely rest room that all of us share (and our beloved out of doors bathe) it covers quite a lot of floor.

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