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Homemaking Day Two: Cabinet Makeover

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I didn’t do anything to our home for almost the first year that we lived in it. I was still in school, and to be honest, I just don’t have much of a creative eye when it comes to interior decorating. My mom was SUPER at it, but that wasn’t something she could just teach me, and I definitely didn’t inherit the “natural interior decorator” gene from her! Deciding what to do and how to do it is such a HARD thing for me to do! But, I will say that the more I change in our home, the more I can see what needs to be done-it does involve a lot of doing and redoing things, but I’m getting better at it!

One of the very first things I did in our home was change the color of the cabinets in our kitchen. Like I mentioned yesterday, in an effort to quickly finish the house so we could move in, we painted the whole house one color and all the cabinets/doors/trim white. White cabinets are beautiful to me, but the problem with them in our kitchen was that we had black appliances. Looking into our kitchen almost felt like looking at an unfinished picture. The black appliances broke up the flow so much.

I mentioned painting the cabinets black to my husband, and he was nervous. He had never seen black cabinets before, and since our kitchen was so tiny, he feared it would make the space appear even smaller than it was. I decided to google images to show him of people who had done it before, but I seriously could not find any! I held off for a while, really debating what to do, and finally, I just decided to go for it.

Here are some images of our kitchen with the white cabinets. Notice what I mean by an interruption in the “flow” of the kitchen:

IMG_1735IMG_1736Now, take a look at what the kitchen looks like with the newly painted black cabinets:

IMG_1732 IMG_1733 IMG_1734  I apologize for the poor quality of images. These were taken 2 years ago with my phone, and it’s the only images I have of the before and after.

My encouragement to you is this: don’t be afraid to try something new. I was so unsure of if the black cabinets would work, and I couldn’t find any pictures of people that had tried them [there may be more out there now!], so it was just a gutsy move on my part to go for it. With paint, it can always be “undone”. It may cost you more time and money than you would like, but it’s not something that will forever be “wrong” if you do it and don’t like it. Sometimes it is worth it to take a chance, to try something that nobody else has tried before. I can’t tell you how many compliments I have gotten on our black cabinets and the way it makes our kitchen look. Most people give me the weirdest look when I tell them we have black cabinets, but once they see them (especially with the before pictures) they’re so impressed with them! The best part about this project? I found the paint for $5.00 at Sherwin Williams in their “discounted” paint… a customer never picked this gallon up! If you’re looking to paint something, check with your local paint suppliers and ask them if they have any discounted paint (they usually do!). You may just find something to suit your needs and you can often times pay half of what the original cost is.

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