There is always something that can easily and simply be improved with paint and elbow grease.
That is the power of paint!
Lately, I have had lots of questions regarding the use of paint on dated kitchen cabinetry. It is always a dilemma, when one is trying to be cost conscious and practical, to give your dated cabinets a face lift with paint; or, get new cabinets all together. In both the examples above, my friend Gwen and I decided that it was not in our budgets to fully remodel our kitchens. Perhaps down the road, but not when we each purchased our homes. Gwen and I are both foodies and love to cook and our kitchens are the hub of our homes. When a space is not pleasant to be in, it completely ruins a favourite activity like cooking. So we opted to use THE POWER OF PAINT! We both used the incredible product that Benjamin Moore has created especially for cabinets - Advance.
In Gwen's kitchen (top set of images), the cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore Mascarpone AF-20. Gwen created a focal point (instead of replacing the backsplash) by painting her back wall in Benjamin Moore's Tropicana Cabana 2048-50. She changed the lighting, the knobs and added a very practical butcher block island. The results are beautiful and Gwen sure got the best bang for her buck with her choices! She's been concocting scrumptious meals for her family in her updated kitchen ever since!
In my kitchen (bottom set of images), the cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore White Down OC-131, which I purchased at Airdrie Paint and Decor. Down the road, Hamish and I will replace the counters with Cambria Quartz (another favourite of mine), but until we can, we decided that we really needed to do something with the backsplash that was causing me much indigestion and an aversion to the kitchen! We painted some wainscotting in Benjamin Moore Rockport Grey HC-105 (a colour that was found in both the counter and the tiled floor that we were not replacing yet) and Hamish applied it to the backsplash and the sides of the island. We too changed the knobs and the lighting, and we are very pleased with the results. Until we choose to fully update our kitchen, this makeover gives the kitchen a fresh, clean look! And allows to me to enjoying the art of cooking!
"Older" homes like Gwen and mine have lots of benefits, such as established neighbourhoods and trees. One disadvantage is that they are often full of very dated "original" finishes like our oak cabinets. The sturdy boxes of the cabinets were worth keeping, and with a product like Benjamin Moore Advance, the doors got a very effective makeover!