Thursday, August 27, 2009

~ Forgive the Mess....~

" After..."
" To stain or not to stain...? Stain it of course !!!!...."

" Before..."


Still in the midst of an all out paint -a -thon here at the house. Try to look past all the "clutter" if you can and imagine what the kitchen used to look like and where it is now. I thought I would gear myself towards the cream on cream, but once the cabinets were painted I knew the background had to be a darker color. Along comes Benjamin Moore in Davenport Tan which is actually a deep chocolate, and I think a great contrast to the cabinets. The cabinets only came to life after the coating of Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak. What a difference the stain made. It took the cabinets from flat cream to a richer grainy cream. Now the fun begins, choosing all the kitchen goodies that will sit atop all the cabinets. Can't wait to start shopping and snooping through all of my stuff. And even though the kitchen is far from done, I at least feel I have tackled and accomplished the hardest part....

34 comments:

  1. What a great look. Love the wall color
    Alison

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  2. Wow! That's a lot of work and fumes! Looks good. ~Mindy

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  3. what an awesome change...great job! love it. Your right you have tackled the hardest part.

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  4. I love your cabinet makeover. I've been wanting to do this but just can't get up the nerve. Can you tell us about your process? kind of primer?
    brand of base paint? You've done an excellent job! Would you like to come to Missouri and help?
    I'm such a weiner, about such a big project!! I need someone to hold my hand and coach me thru it.
    Thanks for sharing these great pictures. Love your tan wallcolor too.
    Debra

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  5. Ohmygoodness, this looks so wonderful!!! I love the transformation and love the stain over the paint! I can wait to see it finished ~ xxoo, Dawn

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  6. Oh, I love the cabinets and the chocolate walls. I have the chocolate in my kitchen too, and it really does make the cabinets pop and everything in the whole kitchen looks great. I know you will love your. Great job. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Wow ,what a difference!! I love the stain on white, so much your style! I did mine a couple of years ago....never again......soooo much work!
    What a great contrast with the dark walls.
    Sandi

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  8. Wow! Your kitchen looks great! Can't wait to see the final results.

    Toodles.

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  9. Looks beautiful!! what hard work not only paint but stain also..I am impressed!!

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  10. Girl, you are the queen of detailing!
    Debbie

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  11. What an incredible job you've done - it looks fantastic! Very impressive, Tiina...

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  12. That is AMAZING!!! I love the contrast of colors and that rug....WOW! Your hardwork paid off in a big way. Hugs, Patricia

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  13. Oh Gosh, it's fabulous, great job!!!!!
    Cheers,
    Margaret B

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  14. Looks great Tiina! I love the chocolate walls! I can't wait to see what you put in there!
    TOT

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  15. what a beautiful transformation Tiina... I love it! looks like back breaking work though... great job!

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  16. Big project!!! Turning out great!!

    Gotta run, got my own projects going right now.

    hugs and blessings,

    barbara jean

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  17. Mmmmmm ... so yummy! My maple cabinets are aging to a yellowish hue and we are contemplating a re-do. Thanks for the inspiration. Wished you loved closer, (Oregon) lol! If you want a break come by for a visit at my blog. We are on vacay in London and also have a 50th post giveaway. Have a cuppa? hee hee!
    Hugs and have a great weekend!
    Betty :)

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  18. Tiina, what an amazing transformation! Keep us posted as you begin to decorate! Great job!!! Miss you....

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  19. Your kitchen looks wonderful. It's amazing how painted cabinets can bring it to life!

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  20. The kitchen is fabulous and I know how much work it is. I did the same thing a few years ago, took all the cupboard doors and had them redone with glass and then painted them on a line outside, well the line busted and I had toothpicks for cupboard doors.
    Best of luck
    Blessings
    Rebecca

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  21. How many times have I lived in a kitchen like the before..I can't even tell you lol! Now once again we are in a before and I am already dreaming of the after! what makes me so excited is these are the colors I was planning to use! So now i will get a sneak peek at what my kitchen will hopefully look like( you dont mind me living vacariously through you for awhile do ya? LOL) I can't wait to see the completed after! Well done so far! I can see you are working very hard!

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  22. o one more thing! i hope you put a chandlier above your table! Yummy would it look! good luck!

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  23. Great job Tiina! I know that was a LOT of work!

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  24. Keep going ...Lots of work but how beautiful when finished!!! Are we ever finished ! Ha!Enjoy the weekend , xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... Enjoyed finding you and visiting your fun blog.

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  25. Wow-what a difference! The results are fabulous!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  26. Gorgeous kitchen. It all looks so good.

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  27. Now here's a kitchen I could cook in! Lovely choice of colors.

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  28. Two thumbs up girl!
    It looks awesome!
    I love love love the chocolate walls!
    I have been itching to paint our bedroom walls chocolate....now I want to even more!

    I can't wait to see the final results!

    Thanks for sharing!
    XO
    Dolly

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  29. Well, hello - I just had to stop and leave you a note because you have such a fabulous blog. Your posts are interesting & you have wonderful pictures too. It's all perfect ! Thank you so much for sharing and best wishes ...

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  30. Fantastic transformation. The wall color changes the entire feel of the room. And yes, definitely "to stain." :)

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  31. beautiful. love the brown. can't wait to see the final touches.

    hugs,
    shelley

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  32. Love the change! HUGE DIFFERENCE! But, what a lot of work!!!!! Good Luck!

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  33. Fabulous redo! You are so talented and generous with the info on redoing/painting. Thanks for that. Love the blog! ~ Angela

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