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Joni’s condo kitchen: Painting the cabinets

This is a bonding experience for the two friends.Joni and her friend Patti, nurses in the same surgical clinic, are making good progress on Joni’s condo kitchen makeover. They have sanded the sheen off the lower cabinets and painted on a brown primer. Here, Joni brushes on a brown paint/glaze combination, and Patti is coming behind her and wiping it with a sport sock turned inside out. Patti got the sock tip from Rick down at the paint store, who is know by his colleagues as Rick-casso, as in Picasso.

After this coat dries, the team will apply a coat of green paint mixed with glaze. Joni got a little worried about "all that green" in her kitchen, and she saw a kitchen in a book with green bottom cabinets and off-white top cabinets. So it was Patti’s idea to go ahead and do the base cabinets with the full green treatment, and then decide what to do on the uppers. That beats holding up the project until the decision on the upper cabinets is made.

A big decision is coming up on the hardware. Patti thinks it should definitely be replaced with something nickel-looking to match the new S track light. Joni could go either way. She likes the original hardware, but could go for something more modern-looking. However, she plans on retaining the bronze-toned hinges either way.

I, on the other hand, think the hardware should not be replaced. I think it will really go with the new colors.

What would you do? Update the cabinet pulls? Update the hinges, as well? Or keep all the originals?

The project so far:

1. Watch a video of Patti explaining the remodel goals
2. Check out Joni’s lighting choices
3. See a slide show of the track light going up and the cabinet coming down
4. Choosing cabinet color and backsplash tile

The budget so far:

Budget: $1,000

Expenditures:

Sanding sponge: $5.38
OSH track lighting: $54.65
Paint: $48.44
Paint containers: $6.02
Polyurethane and brush: $36.61
Sandpaper: $11.45

Balance left to spend: $837.45

5 Comments on Joni’s condo kitchen: Painting the cabinets

  1. I like the hinges, especially with the green. (and I would paint the top cabinets either a cream – or if you want to be bold and aren’t afraid of color a yellow in the same tone and sort of wash that you are doing for the lower cabinets.
    However, if you decide to lose the hinges you could sell them on eBay and use that money to buy new hinges.
    -shira

  2. I’d replace the cabinet handles with something in the brushed nickel and then use that nickel metalic spray paint on the hinges to make them match.
    We used that same spray on paint on a couple of outdated overhead lights in our house and they look brand new. And it was super easy.
    But I guess in this case, the taping required to keep the spray paint off those gorgeous cabinets might not be worth it.

  3. as long as she uses the same size handles, there is nothing structural to change, so that is a decision that can be made at the end of the entire process, or even in 2 years when she has the money. since money seems so tight, i would do the other stuff then see if i had money left over for new handles. if not, i would just live with these until i did… only the major elements of the renovation need to be done now, and with the $1000. all the little things can happen gradually, and it can be fun to look around…

  4. Patti here! Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I love this!

  5. I wish I had the time to paint the cabinets :( I like doing that kind of thing.
    I got mine from Kitchen Pro, though and I love my kitchen now.

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