Saturday, February 6, 2016

My best friends Purdy and RePurpose before and afters

Purdy and RePurpose are my favorite paint brush and paint.  Have felt like this brush was surgically attached to my hand this past week.  But for good reason!

When we moved into the house, I told myself I would live with the oak cabinets in the kitchen for a few months...I made it to the 3 month mark.

Before-Before (before we moved in):

New Before (old after):

New After:

Here is how this project started...I walked into the Oak Cave (its nickname I gave it) on January 27th and couldn't take it anymore.  Now, I've had comments about how could I paint over those beautiful cabinets, but they weren't really that beautiful up close.  They are in fantastic shape BUT the finish was worn on just about every door AND it was just too much for me with the oak flooring AND oak trim throughout the house, with the exception of the sunroom and its white trim.

So I found the cabinet door I had taken off previously next to the range, got out my sampler of RePurpose Chroma Color Paint in Crisp Linen White, and painted it up.

Stared at the painted door for a while, working up my courage to take on this huge project.  34 doors/drawer fronts plus the boxes and peninsula. That's a lot of Purdy strokes.

I bit that bullet the next morning, opened up a new quart of Crisp Linen White and began.  I took one bank of cabinets a day, since I was using the peninsula counter top for my door painting station.  I didn't take the drawer fronts off, just opened the drawers slightly and painted the faces.  I also only painted the face of the cabinets except for the one door-less cabinet (that I painted the inside of); the insides are basically only seen when opened and even new white cabinets tend to be wood tone on the inside.  Plus I did NOT want to put myself Purdy through all of that extra work...painting the inside of that one small cabinet was a feat in itself.

Looks like Michigan

The peninsula backside was a big question mark of what to do with it. Originally I wanted to put some of the old barn wood off of my BIL's farm on it, but then thought of all of the knee skin that would be left behind by those that chose to sit on the stools.  I am still playing with the idea of cladding it in corrugated metal.  But for now I opened up a can of Cast Iron Kettle Black and painted 1 coat.  You can see a bit of the oak peeking through in some spots and I may distress it even further with a wash of Flannel Grey.

This morning as the sun was rising and the boys were still sleeping, I got out the camera to take some shots of the finished kitchen...before it got messy again.  Forgive the lighting...the sun was just coming up after all.

Love the sun reflecting off of the white!

I used 2.5 quarts total of the white and barely any of the kettle black quart.  As for paint prep, I basically just washed the cabinets down good to remove any stuck on food or grease.  These cabinets did not have a glossy finish at all or I may have roughed them up a bit with some sandpaper.  I did not prime...not necessary with this paint.  I don't mind the grain of the oak showing through....if you do, then you need to prime.  This paint has a matte finish so the way it took on the oak reminds me of an opaque stain.  And I love it!  I also did not add a sealer...I may in the future, will see how it goes.  This paint dries like an acrylic, very hard, but I also have 2 lazy susan doors without handles that I can see getting distressed pretty quickly if SOME PEOPLE in this house do not use the pads of their fingers instead of their FINGERNAILS to open them (cough-cough).

If you are interested in finding out more about the RePurpose Paint line sold in Cari's shop RePurpose in Holly, MI (and online), visit her website at  Her shop is super cute too, so visit if you are out that way!

This room is so bright and fresh now, now more Oak Cave.  Now, if I can just convince Hubs to change out all of the fugly cream colored electrical outlets.

Thank you Purdy, my BBF!

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