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wifiskerSeptember 5, 2012

We finally closed on the house yesterday! I went over there right after and started on all the prep work for having the kitchen cabinets painted, though I still have more to do tonight before the painter begins tomorrow.

Cabinets will be soft white and the island will also be the same color... at least for now. (I previously wanted a contrasting island color but we couldn't decide on one and I'm fickle so we can always repaint if we don't like it.) I want to update the kitchen lighting but that will have to wait a bit, along with the diamond pattern travertine backsplash that I think clashes with the granite.


- I'm approaching panic mode with needing to buy new knobs and pulls. I want cup pulls for the drawers and simple knobs for doors. Can't decide between flat black, ORB or chrome! Any votes?

- Hinges... We're getting rid of all the old brassy hinges and as much as I would love the European concealed hinges, DH isn't excited about all the work we have to do already and would veto needing to drill all these cabs with a forstner bit to get them to work. What do you think would be the least conspicuous alternative hinge style? I know nothing about hinge types and looking online made my head swirl.

Thank you all so much!!!

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Also, I got a better photo of the granite last night. I promise to post before and after pics after the cabinets are painted. :)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 10:23AM
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Instead of chrome, what do you think of a bit less shiny look?

Maybe an antiqued pewter.

Here is a link that might be useful: pulls

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:23AM
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Go for brushed nickel, they're soft and warm looking and you have that tone right in your counter top. It will really improve the look of the cabinets.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:42AM
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I love these type of makeovers! Can't wait to see the "after".

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:50AM
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You may want to wait until you have the cabinets painted to choose the hardware. I also can't wait to see the transfomation!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 12:36PM
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terriks - Good point. DH is antsy for me to have it all in hand but I think we'll want to let the cabinets cure for a while before we re-install them anyway so that should buy me some time.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 12:53PM
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That island looks like it's made from fir ply wood....if it is you will have to do some special prep to keep that wild grain from showing through the paint

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 1:12PM
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Lindac - I know, it sure is ugly! I planned on having beadboard or something nicer added to the island but the painter and DH both thought it would make the kitchen look too busy to have even MORE beadboard, and I had to agree. Our painter was confident that he'll be able to cover the wood grain so very little should show through, if any. He said he's been painting a ton of cabinetry lately and didn't seem concerned about it so I'm putting my trust in him to at least give it a try. If it doesn't look good then we'll move on to plan B. :)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 1:39PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I was going to suggest brushed nickel.

But you better shop the hinges first as if the cabs are older, you may have trouble finding hinges the same size. Are the existing hinges reusable? When we were staging our old home, we couldn't find hardware upgrades that would work, so we had to make the old stuff work.

You'll want the hinges and pulls to match...

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 1:47PM
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