I knew it was going to happen. Jeff knew it was going to happen. YOU knew it was going to happen…
And, it happened.
Yep, buckets and buckets of paint happened in this room.
So, let’s back up and chat about how I got from point A to point B.
First, I painted the walls in Benajmin Moore’s Wickham Gray. Yes, poor Mr. Wickham, that rake, has a delicious color named after him. In my Jane-Austen-loving-world, anyway. I used Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint in Matte, which is pretty much the only thing I will use for walls. The coverage is great, it’s durable, and the finish is beautiful.
For the cabinetry, I wanted a bright white and went for a custom-mixed, slightly off-white. It still reads as bright white, but it’s not quite as stark as bright white out of the can, if that makes sense. I used Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Paint in Semi-gloss over Zinsser’s Smart Prime.
I applied the primer and paint to the doors, shelves, and drawer fronts with a paint sprayer. You can read about the sprayer and spray set-up I used HERE. I am going to be painting my kitchen cabinets with the same products and in the same way, so I’ll make more in depth video and written tutorials then.
Since the cabinets themselves couldn’t be removed (without making a big mess of it), I painted those by hand with a quality brush (Parsons West) and a microfiber roller.
Each cabinet took a couple of days from start to finish – mostly to allow for drying time and to paint both sides of the doors, shelves, and drawers. All of the detail oriented people will be so happy to know I painted both sides of the cabinet doors this time! I didn’t do that in my last kitchen and, while it didn’t bother me, I acknowledge it would’ve looked nicer if I had take the time to do that. So, lesson learned and I’m doing it better this time.
I also painted the fireplace mantle in the same primer and paint…
And I love, love, love the way it looks. It even makes the granite fireplace surround look better! And all of my stuff makes more sense with the walls and built-ins painted.
At first, I was planning to paint the back of the cabinets in the wall color, but I decided to just paint them white at the last minute. I was a little concerned that the ironstone would disappear against white, but I love how it provides very soft contrast and I’m planning to leave it white for now.
The other side is painted out as well. The cabinetry is asymmetrical, which wouldn’t be my preference, but I can see why it was designed that way. The line of thinking is the left side of the fireplace would house a TV and provide closed storage. Since our TV is downstairs, we really don’t need a big recess for one or the closed storage (which is mostly empty at this point.)
Changing it out, though, would be a big expense and it would strictly be for the purpose of symmetry, which isn’t justifiable at this point. Painting it all white, though, balances it out visually a little bit better in my design eye. And, I had the perfect piece for the TV recess…
The antique French birdcage I found this spring nestles in there like the space was made for it.
I also decided to keep the nickel hardware for now. I have been looking around for a replacement and haven’t found anything that will fit and that I really love. A part of the problem is the space on the drawers for hardware is very thin (just over 1″), so I can’t use anything like a clapper or bin-cup pull, which is what I gravitate towards. I’ll keep hunting, but the current pulls are pretty neutral, so they aren’t bothering me!
We’ll eventually add molding, crown, and curtains to this room, but for now, it’s coming along nicely!