One Room Challenge – Week 3 Painting 1940s Kitchen Cabinets

One Room Challenge – Week 3 Painting 1940s Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen cabinets are painted and it is life-changing! So things are going to get a little hairy in this posts since some of the kitchen cabinet painting happened during the wainscotting installation and wall prep from last week! Basically, remember how my kitchen looked like this? Partially sanded cabinets? Look a little closer. See how those cabinets are all different styles? My kitchen cabinets were cobbled together over a few decades no earlier than 1930, but probably not later than 1960. It’s a mystery. There are 4 door styles. And none of them are good. The insides of the cabinets were gross and everything was a bit of a hot mess.

Nothing a good few coats of paint can’t fix right? Paint is transformative and in this kitchen – everything was getting a fresh coat.

First I gave everything a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye No-VOC primer which is my favorite for nearly every application. After I coated everything in primer, I also touched up some things with a little wood filler, then sanded and laid more primer over those patches. Instantly everything looked way cleaner!

The cats supervised the work. Most of this painting was completed in 2018 and Malary, my perfect angel cat died soon after the kitchen painting, unfortunately.

Then it was time to paint the cabinets themselves! I used Benjamin Moore’s Black HC-190, which is their blackest black paint. There are no color undertones on this! There was a lot of bending and stretching to avoid getting paint on my clothes (it happened anyways though!).

Jacks even got into the painting one day, sprinting across the kitchen and into a base cabinet my sister was painting, smearing fresh paint and causing him to panic!

It was pretty hilarious and I was tempted to leave the paw prints, but in reality, the whole cabinet needed paint too badly, so these got covered up.

I created an assembly line in the dining room to paint all the doors and drawers inside and out. Everything needed paint to encapsulate years of lead paint, old paint, and who knows what else!

This is all semi-gloss paint and after two coats, the kitchen started to come together again!

The back part of the kitchen was blocked off to protect the rest of the kitchen from the drywall dust from the mudding and sanding that was happening simultaneously.

The other side of the kitchen was coming along too. Because these cabinets were in worse shape than those on the other side of the kitchen, I actually painted these with the doors on, which is a huge no-no! The hardware had been painted over numerous times before me and the built-up layer of paint might not even have allowed me to salvage the hinges since I’d have almost had to rip the doors off! They turned out okay though and works fine for a Phase I kitchen.

I alternated between using a paint brush and a small foam roller for the cabinet painting. If I’d had a paint sprayer, it probably would have been quicker. I’m very comfortable with a paint brush though and I find painting meditative, so I enjoyed the process!

When it came time to a top coat, I turned to my favorite Safecoat Acrylac in Gloss which is a food safe, water based poly finish. When I applied it with a roller it left tiny air bubble dots all over the cabinets! I was horrified, but luckily when I switched to a paint brush for the second and third coats of the top coat it covered the air bubbles. Whew!

Basically as soon as the paint was dry, I filled the cabinets with things I’d previously been storing in the dining room!

I couldn’t wait to refinish the stairs and skim coat the counters with concrete. The yellow laminate was yelling at me!

I originally painted the interior of the center cabinets white, since I’ll be installing glass cabinet doors over them and I thought that’d be nice, but now I’m considering repainting it black, so the whole cabinet is moodier. What do you think?

And then there’s hardware! I bought my cabinet hardware ages ago at a Rejuvenation factory sale here in Portland. The door knobs were each only $3 a piece for unlacquered brass. I literally bought as many knobs as were available, and I’m 100% planning on using this hardware in my Phase II kitchen. At least that’s what I think now!

I love how unlacquered brass patinas and it just feels right for this space right now. It’s beautiful, elegant and there’s nothing like black and gold!

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on next week! I added new cabinets in this space! Don’t forget to check out the other One Room Challenge Bloggers too!

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One Room Challenge – Week 2 Prepping Walls, Adding Wainscotting, and a New Door

One Room Challenge – Week 2 Prepping Walls, Adding Wainscotting, and a New Door

Let’s chat about the Berrybrier kitchen some more! It’s a big project and it started out crazy. Legit, no one wanted to cook in here kind of crazy. You can see more of the before pictures as well as the plan for the kitchen in last week’s post.

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Whole House Color Palette: Berrybrier

Whole House Color Palette: Berrybrier

It’s no secret I’m no white walls / white trim girl. I’m all about bold design and colorful spaces. I’m a traditionalist, a grandmillenial, a modern Victorian. Berrybrier absolutely reflects this and I wanted to to share the whole house palette today so you can see how — even though my house may read as colorful — the limited color palette unifies each room to the others.

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How My Living Room Has Evolved

How My Living Room Has Evolved

Lately, I’ve been working on whipping my living room into better shape and I’ve excited to chat about the evolution of this space! I recently hemmed and re-hung my favorite, budget friendly curtains and got a new rug. But before we get too far into that, let’s talk about where this space started!

This is one of the first shots I snapped of the Living Room at Berrybrier when I first bought the house back in August 2017! It was the space that really sold me on the house, can you believe that? It was a decent sized space and felt so open. I knew the wide cased opening to the Dining Room would be great for entertaining.

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Here’s Some Wine: A.K.A. Painting The Dining Room

Here’s Some Wine: A.K.A. Painting The Dining Room

So painting is a pretty quick and easy thing to do to completely transform a room! My Aunt Stephanie and Uncle Mike (the famous duo who painted the walls and ceiling in the stairwell!) came up to visit in April 2018 and asked if I needed help with any projects while they visited. Since they’d already proved their prepping and painting skills, I asked them to work on the Dining Room, which had only recently stopped functioning as the kitchen during the house renovations.

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“Whitewashing” A Stone Fireplace with Grey Paint

“Whitewashing” A Stone Fireplace with Grey Paint

When I first moved into Berrybrier I knew something would need to change on the Living Room fireplace. It was a stacked stone fireplace and clearly added onto the house in the 60s or 70s. The center was slightly blackened with soot and the stones were wildly different color tones, varying from yellow to red to brown. I did not like it at all and it felt like a jarring mid-century accent in the midst of the turn of the century house.

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The Order I Paint Walls, Ceiling, & Trim and the Refreshed Master Bedroom

The Order I Paint Walls, Ceiling, & Trim and the Refreshed Master Bedroom

When I first moved into Berrybrier, the Master Bedroom was one of the nicest looking rooms in the house. Thus, I filled it with all the junk I wanted out of other spaces (think unopened moving boxes) and largely ignored it.

You guys, this room, my room at Berrybrier, the “Master Bedroom” looked absolutely horrendous for over a year and 4 months. Yup, it took me over a year of doing all the other 20 million projects at Berrybrier, before I thought, “You know what would help you relax and feel more at home in this house? If you actually fixed up your bedroom so you enjoyed being in there.” If I could go back in time, I would have fixed up my bedroom first.

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One Room Challenge: Week Four – Installing and Painting Beadboard and Wooden Shelves

One Room Challenge: Week Four – Installing and Painting Beadboard and Wooden Shelves

Once I had wrapped up the drywall in my bathroom and installed the tile the room was ready to take the next steps towards function! I knew that the drywall scraps and odd corners would be difficult to touch up, so I decided to switch gears and use beadboard to transform the space and make my Sharp Objects bathroom dreams come true. Beadboard was signifcantly less time consuming and less dusty than trying to tape and mud and repair all the drywall / lathe & plaster in the small space!

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