Painted Kitchen Cabinets

The paint color is Annie Sloan’s Graphite. As far as I’m concerned it could be puke green and it would be better than what it was. However, I didn’t seem to mind living with the ugliness all those years. Maybe I was blind to it, maybe I had other things to do, maybe I just didn’t care?

Who knows. What I do know is now that my kitchen cabinets are painted…I’m wondering why I waited so long.

You may want to know several things, like why did I decide on dark, why graphite? Why paint at all?

Here’s my reasoning in a nutshell, price.

Paint is cheaper than new cabs. My cabinets are solid wood and well constructed. Not always functional, but they have sufficed for 20+ years so they will do fine for a while longer.

I chose graphite because it hides a lot and it’s a beautiful color. We used the dark wax after distressing and we ended up with a rich dark shade.

I’ll shut up now and let you see where we are in the midst of our kitchen redo.

My favorite part of my new cabinets is the cabinet door that was finally put back on after I had a panel of seeded glass put in.

That was another project that took several years.

We are looking at hardware for the cabinets.

Probably oil rubbed bronze for the finish, now we are deciding on the style.

Another project on the list of thousands of things to do…tiling the back splash.

We’re thinking tumbled tiles, maybe a design over the stove.  And we need to replace the vent.a.hood.  We had removed the old vent over the stove and put in a microwave, but when it quit working we never replaced it.  Our plan is to add a microwave when we replace the oven.  The oven will be moved down were the large drawn below the oven, then put a microwave above the oven.

And we have to figure out what to do with the counter tops.

We would love granite but that is probably out of our price range.

We are still working on the island, but it was good enough for this post.

I’m not sure why there is such a huge contrast in the lighting.

Maybe the photos were taken at different times of day.

I know it’s natural to assume that dark cabinets would make the room darker, but this isn’t happening here.

We have a nice big skylight and can lighting, so it is really bright in this room.

So that’s were we are now…

Painting the walls is next, YAY!  You might notice that I’ve started sampling.  Can you see it?
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12 thoughts on “Painted Kitchen Cabinets

  1. You’re going to put the oven that low?? Is that safe…yeah yeah I know my bottom one is that low but I never use it because it freaks me out with kids around.

    And just because I am feeling ornery, why a microwave?? 🙂

    Love the seeded glass!

    1. Thank you Alison, So far I’m loving them too. Hope my love affair lasts awhile, I have a reputation for changing my mind and I’m also known for my ability to sit on the fence forever. This creates a lot of angst and half done projects in my world 🙂

  2. Cindi it looks great! I’m about to paint a section of cabinets in my kitchen with Annie Sloan chalk paint… how’d it go? Are you happy painting with it? was it easier than regular paint?

    1. I have to say that this was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Time consuming, yes..but considering the fact that we didn’t have to sand anything, just paint a couple of coats, distress a little then wax and buff. The buffing was the most laborious part of the whole project. So yes, for me it was much easier to work with than regular paint. ASCP is very forgiving. I can’t wait to see what you paint! What color are you using?

  3. I love the cabinets dark like this. In fact I’ve pinned some pictures of black/distressed cabinets. I may pin yours too. I am personally thinking two toned for us. White up top and black on the bottom.
    I think the paint sample on the wall will look great with the floor tile.
    Also, does that phone work? Is it a reproduction or a “real” old phone? It is nicely suited for you phone niche. I remember those. My grandmothers both had a phone niche and one house that I remember had one when I was a child. We lived in a house with a phone niche after I married…and I SOOOOO wanted to rip it out and take with; when we moved! LOL…but no. We didn’t.
    I would love a phone niche now in fact, with an electrical plug so I can charge my cell. Since we don’t have a house phone any longer.
    I know this post was about cabinets and not phone niches… what can I say. I’m a tad A.D.D. and it caught my eye!

    Take care, Pat

  4. Your kitchen is looking great. You should get an estimate for the granite. You may be surprised. We did granite in our kitchen remodel and the one good thing about not having a huge kitchen is it is cheaper to remodel. lol We even ended up with an exotic granite and it was way less expensive than we had thought it would be. Needless to say I was thrilled.

  5. Those dark cabinets are just beautiful. As you mention, getting the right hardware will make them amazing. And the checker floor goes really well with that. I wouldn’t have expected it.

    Thanks for sharing the photos,

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