Archive of ‘painting kitchen cabinets’ category

Hueology Kitchens – Before and After

Burkitt kitchen - 4 of 19How 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  My client was tired of the dark cabinetry, busy granite and outdated back splash.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.

Burkitt kitchen - 17 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 16 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 18 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 15 of 19The 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.

Burkitt kitchen - 12 of 19This 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!

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Burkitt kitchen - 19 of 19 Burkitt kitchen - 1 of 19Another Yummy Makeover!!

Top Coat….my Top Pick by General Finishes

IMG_5563 (1)I’m working with my favorite top coat today in the studio.  I have time some in between coats so I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you what I use, and how I use it!

Hands down my favorite clear coats to are the General Finishes High Performance water based top coats.  Today I am using Flat, but I really like their Satin finish as well.  I started using General Finishes products this past year and have been super impressed by everything I’ve used thus far.  Check out their website to find out more about their products and where you can purchase them.  I purchase mine at Total Bliss in Greensboro, North Carolina.

My preferred method to apply this top coat is to use lint free rags.  The ones I use resemble a “cheesecloth” type rag.  I purchase them in bulk online at the U.S Wiping Company.  I just put on a pair of latex disposable cloths, wad up a few, dip them in the top coat and wipe it on.  Then I just throw away the used rags and there is zero clean up.  I have found that I hated using  brushes to put on top coats.  There is always lint or debris in the cleanest brush, and it tends to come off onto my surface and drive me mad!

IMG_5545 (1)I love how using top coats and glazes changes paint!

IMG_5547 (1)The Studio Supervisor agrees!

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