a dramatic kitchen

I had a client contact me to help in updating her kitchen. They’d just moved in a new (to them) house and couldn’t take the faded yellow maple cabinetry (can’t say that I blame her really). While we are both thrilled with the results, I did it differently than I have done cabinets before and wont do it like this again.

SXS KV kitchen before fullsxs kv kitchen before sidesxs kv kitchen before butler

They wanted a particular color and the paint brand they chose is one I am not quite a fan of so I had it custom mixed at the local paint store. When I talked to them about the properties of the paint I was talked into an alkyd “hybrid” paint and told that while the longer dry time (SIXTEEN HOURS between coats) was a little tricky the enamel-like finish when fully cured was worth it (told and on can- full cure was 4-5 days it’s more like 30). After consulting with my client, we decided we would head down this route and dove in head first.

Pulled all the doors off:

sxs kv kitchen doors gone full sxs kv kitchen doors gone side

I cleaned, scuffed and primed on day one…

sxs kv kitchen primed full

I even managed to get the first coat on…

sxs kv kitchen first coat full

Second day I got the second coat done and that is kind of where the efficiency ends. I don’t have photos, but the coverage was not at all what I was accustomed to with this brand. It took three coats in some spots and then I had to come back and glaze. (remember 16 hrs dry time between coats). Then the doors…. sxs kv kitchen first coat butler

Ugh.. the doors and drawers…. there were 56 of them. When you have to do 4 coats on each side, that’s 8 days of painting. BEFORE the glaze! (glaze only took 5 hours to dry between coats.. but needed two of them on each side). I can’t tell you how grateful I was the client was so understanding. Literally watching and waiting for paint to dry is painful at times- this is certainly one of them.

It was finally finished and I think the end result is quite dramatic…. I gave you some after in a couple different lighting styles so you can see the color and glazing.

sxs kv kitchen after butler

sxs kv kitchen after side

sxs kv kitchen after full sxs kv kitchen full after

The really neat thing is that with the way they did the backsplash and the light countertops, the space is not dark and still feels very open. It was a huge job and over all the end result is great. I can’t recommend Alkyd paints though… not for cabinets. Maybe walls as I have had pro painters tell me it’s amazing for that… but I don’t know that I will ever try it again.

What do you think of the transformation? Pretty dramatic, huh?


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  • Reply
    Deborah Jackson
    May 18 at 10:17 AM

    Wow… Scottie!!
    You are a wizzard of shape shifting… Impressive my friend💛

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      May 18 at 4:16 PM

      Thank you Deborah! ((hugs))

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    Sandy Connors
    May 18 at 11:56 AM

    Thanks for this blog Scottie. I am planning on painting my kitchen cabinets and my son (who works at a paint store) is telling me to use the same hybrid paint that you used. After what you went through, I don’t think I want to use it. I think I will continue with my original plan to use Shabby Paints. Thanks for sharing!!!

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      May 18 at 4:16 PM

      Yes! I have painted many kitchens with Shabby Paints and the process is SO much smoother and better! There is so much more disaster than I even talked about. This was one of the most frustrating projects I have ever done.

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    Farida Milton
    May 18 at 6:59 PM

    Beautiful jobs Scottie. We need to re-do our kitchen and I’m trying to decide whether to pain or re-face cabinets. Love seeing your work.

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      May 19 at 7:30 PM

      Thank you Farida! I am sure whatever you choose will look fantastic!

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    Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict
    May 18 at 9:26 PM

    This came out awesome! I love a good black kitchen 🙂

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      May 20 at 5:12 PM

      Thanks so much! I am SO glad she’s happy!

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    Robert McCannel
    May 19 at 11:38 AM

    What an amazing transformation!! Congrats!! 🙂

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      May 19 at 7:27 PM

      Thank you so much sir! XO!

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