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Kitchen Makeover

Sudbury Living Magazine April 30, 2015 Home & Garden, Uncategorized No Comments on Kitchen Makeover


Rather than disposing of her cabinetry, the homeowner chose to refinish the upper cupboards in an off-white paint and lacquer combination with a deep espresso polyurethane stain for the lower cabinets.




At first glance, it is hard to tell that the cabinetry in this before-and-after kitchen project has only been refinished with paint and stain. This kitchen makeover is an inspiration to homeowners seeking to transform existing wood cabinets without the high cost of new cabinets.

The original oak cabinetry and laminate countertops had begun to look dated. Despite having fallen out of fashion, the solid oak cupboards were in good condition and the overall layout had served the family well for the past 10 years.

The kitchen had good bones, it was difficult to justify disposing of the existing cabinetry, when all it really needed was a facelift.

Armed with inspirational pictures sourced on Pinterest and Houzz, the homeowner began researching her options. Rather than disposing of her cabinetry, she chose to refinish the upper cupboards in an off-white paint and lacquer combination with a deep espresso polyurethane stain for the lower cabinets.

The paint and polyurethane stain are both products that can either be sprayed or applied by hand using a brush and specialty roller. Both products can be applied directly over existing varnish, eliminating the need for chemical stripper.

Investing in new granite countertops, and stone mosaic backsplash provided the finishing touch and gave the overall project an high-end look.

In this case, the homeowner elected to hire a painter for some of the work. Armed with the right products anyone can achieve professional looking results that stand up to the wear and tear of a busy family home.

Blush tones, soft greens and watery blues. Pastels are emerging as a strong colour trend for 2015. With the white cabinetry, rich espresso wood tones, and soft grey walls, the bones of the kitchen are truly timeless and can be accessorized to suit seasonal decorating and evolving colour trends. To demonstrate this versatility, the space has been decorated to showcase a beautiful spring palette.

Kelly Scott is the owner and general manager of Barrydowne Paint.

Photography Bernie Aho

Styled by Kelly Scott and Teena Starks


Before Picture 1 Before


Expert Tips

* Start by finding images of kitchens you love. Sites such as Houzz and Pinterest can provide inspiration and help you define what looks you love. Create “boards” and “idea books” with elements that inspire you, take these with you to the paint store. A paint specialist can tell you what products and techniques can deliver the results you are looking for.

* Bring your worst door with you to the paint store. Evaluating the condition and current state of the finish on the most damaged door helps to determine what steps will need to be taken to get the best results. Typically the doors around the garbage, sink or dishwasher will be in the worst shape.


* Don’t skimp on prep work. While removing the existing varnish is rarely necessary, the surface must be thoroughly degreased and cleaned with TSP. A light scuff sanding, especially on any curved or rounded surfaces, will also help to provide some profile for your new coating to adhere to, ensuring a smoother finish and lasting results.

* Once you are ready to get painting and staining, always start with the backs of the doors. Your technique will improve as you progress, you will be a pro by the time you are ready to start painting the fronts. Coating the front of the doors last will also minimize any dings or dents that may occur if you need to flip the doors over before they are fully cured.




List of Materials

White Cabinets: painted in Benjamin Moore 235 Alkyd Satin in Gray Mist OC-30

Wood Stain: Saman 2-in-1 Stain and Finish in Cocoa

Countertop: Granite in “Snowfall”, Khouri Granite

Walls: Benjamin Moore AF-100 Pashmina (quarter tint)

Backsplash: Casa Roma honed and filed random strip stone in Antique White

La Creuset kettle and French press, Kitchen Bits

Flowers designed by Carole from Flower Towne



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