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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.
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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.  
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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.

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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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An Alpaca in the Kitchen

Ok.  We don’t really have an alpaca in the kitchen.  Although that would make for some interesting photos.  We do have alpaca colored cabinets in the kitchen though.

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Ok.  So that’s not completely true either. We have cabinets that are partially painted in Sherwin Williams Alpaca.  Partially is the key word here since so far I have only worked on the top cabinets and the doors are still covering my dining room table.

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I just finished the third coat of paint on the front of all the doors and hope to start on the back side of them later today or tonight.  For the most part painting has been fairly easy and quick.  “Well what is taking you so long?”, you ask.  Finding the time to paint.  The best time for me to paint is during Noah’s naps or after she has gone to bed.  It works well but it kind of draws the whole process out.

Thankfully I (and Michael Luke) am loving the color choice.  I’m not sure Noah has noticed. Kids these days!

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Thank you so much for weighing in with your color choices in our little poll.  A majority of you chose Alpaca.  Even with all your Alpaca encouragement I still almost when with Requisite Grey.  Not because I don’t value your opinion but because I was just afraid it wouldn’t be dark enough.

After seeing Alpaca on the cabinets though I can’t imagine it being any darker.  The tonal value is really close to the existing cream color which you can still see on the bottom cabinets.

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The difference is in the underlying tones.  The original cream color had a lot of yellow in it.  Too much for our taste after painting the walls yellow.  The new color has a subtle pink tint.  It doesn’t come across as pink at all but it picks up some of the warmer tones found in our floor tile.  And because red and yellow are next to each other on the color wheel they yellow walls work well with the cabinets.

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The light grey of the cabinets really allows the counters to shine in all their glory.

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Which is totally what I wanted!  And kind of a cool picture as we, the body of Christ (the cabinets) want God (the counter) to shine in all His glory.  Like I read in my quiet time this morning… “He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30

Hopefully, painting the bottom cabinets will move a little quicker than the top.   I’ll be sure to share pictures along the way as well as let you know the process I used to paint and prep our cabinets.

Have you ever painted cabinets before?  If so, how long did it take you?  What do you feel like has been your most labor intensive DIY project?

P.S. Don’t forget that your purchase from Color Created Family helps to cover our adoption expenses as we journey towards bringing our little girl home from Hong Kong.  This month a portion of each sale will also go towards The Sparrow Fund who helps families through the adoption process.

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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

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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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