So… I’m working on another makeover here, and it’s not one that I’m particularly excited about. However, it needs to be done! If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember when I repainted my kitchen cabinets. I used “Old White” chalk paint by Annie Sloan, and I loved it. However, it’s not holding up too well, and I’m bummed.
Despite constant cleaning, wiping and maintenance, it is filthy and chipping and looks pretty gross. The upper cabinets still look great, but the lowers.. well, not so much.
I am not kidding… I clean these things MULTIPLE times a day, but I can’t keep them from looking cruddy. Look at this beauty that’s located right next to the dishwasher… lol. (I purposely took a photo before cleaning it this morning. Can you tell my kids like to “help” load it?)
And don’t even get me started on the kick plate underneath…
I debated a lot of options. I could repaint the lowers again in Old White. I could repaint them a different colour. I could switch the doors out completely. I could redo the entire kitchen… lol. Yes, this is how conversations between me and the hubs escalate. We start off by discussing a new paint colour, and fifteen minutes later we are drawing up plans for an addition. No joke.
Anyway, after a lot of debate I decided that painting the lower level of cabinets a darker shade was the smartest – and most cost effective – choice. I went to Benjamin Moore and picked up a handful of dark(ish) gray chips. I taped them all up on the cabinets and lived with them for a few days. I wanted to see them in different light, against the countertops, against the wall colour, etc.
In the end, Chelsea Gray was the winner!
My only concern is how it will look next to the white appliances. That’s one of the reasons I went with white cabinets to begin with – so that they’d blend in. However, if we do upgrade to stainless at some point, they will look SO good next to this colour!
So there’s my update for the time being. It’s SUPER FUN painting the kitchen with three kids running around the house. I’m managing to get through about two door fronts at a time before I have to pack it up and be a mommy. Then a few hours later I try it again.. lol.
Once I’m done, I’d also like to switch out all the handles and drawer pulls. They’re nice, but a little bit dated. I’m going for a more modern look – something like this: