How about this stunning photo of a kitchen my gals and I completed this past year?!? I’m super behind on posting on the blog all the kitchens I’ve been doing this past year! This by far was on of my favorite makeover….and the scariest ones too!
Why? Because this kitchen was a stunner before we arrived! Yes, it was dark, but still a pretty kitchen. My client was tired of the dark cabinetry, busy granite and outdated back splash. Here are a few before pictures.
The first thing my client did was get a new subway tile back splash and a very pretty granite…getting rid of some of the browns and adding in gray and cream tones.
This really helped lighten things up! We decided to leave he island and some of the cabinetry dark to give this kitchen a little bit more of a custom look and she had a barn door built for one of the entry ways into the kitchen. The rest we painted with a slightly creamy white (Sherwin Williams Navajo White) and added a gray glaze! Check out the afters!
Our client had previously had her builder grade oak cabinets painted and glazed very dark quite a few years ago. The island was also painted black.
We used Old White Chalk Paint® on the perimeter cabinets and added some dark brown glaze. The island was done with Chateau Grey Chalk Paint® with Old White highlights and dark brown glaze. The silver brush nickel knobs were replaced with oil rubbed bronze handles and pulls! It is amazing how lighter and brighter the kitchen became!
When we were hired to paint this lovely kitchen island (see the before picture below), we were so excited when our client picked Louis Blue!!! We presented her 3 sample boards with different variations of the Clear-to-Dark wax from Annie Sloan.
We love the look of the bead-board waxed!!!
Shannon immediately went with the Dark wax and wanted to make sure it looked aged, different and that it was a separate piece of furniture in the kitchen… NOT like it had been set there from the cabinet maker to match the rest of the cabinets. We loved her combo and quickly got to work. Don’t you LOVE the detail the Dark wax gave this island?
The handles were simply the icing on the cake…
The groves and detail.
The wine nook is extra cool!!!
MJ was super happy we were painting one of her favorite shades of blue! We had a fun time helping this kitchen transform into a more comfy, cozy and loved living space! Thanks Shannon for allowing to be apart of your home for 3 short days 🙂 We hope you get many years of happiness out of it.
MJ Taylor ~ a.k.a. Hueologist
Here’s a peak to what the island looked like before. What’s your vote… Before or After?