We started with this: (no the racing stripe floor was there when we moved in)
The first step in THE GREAT KITCHEN RENOVATION OF 2011-2012 was to work on leveling those cabinets and readying them for the counter.
Here is the 1st step completed with new sink, faucet and counters.
The 2nd step was to work on those blonde cabinets! We purchased Rustoleum's Cabinet Refinishing Kit but we didn't love the colors so I had it custom color matched at my favorite Lowe's. We chose Comet Dust the lighter of the color swatch.
Valspar 5006-1A Comet Dust at MyPerfectColor
I love it! It isn't quite a gray but it isn't white either. It took 3 weeks to do our whole kitchen! We have a huge kitchen. I have 18 top cabinets alone! We purchased the large kitchen kit.
First you must take down all doors and use plastic gloves to degloss every surface. You can see here the the cabinet face is not shiny at all. That is a good thing!
After spraying, I sanded the edges to give them some character. Then we waited 24 hours before sealing them with the poly coat from the kit. This also went in the sprayer with 10% water added.
Then we rehung!
We painted the walls in the entire, kitchen, dining room and living room area the same gray since it is all one open space. We used the 2nd gray on the color sample. It is called Valspar's Notre Dame
Valspar 5006-1B Notre Dame at MyPerfectColor
Valspar 5006-1C Granite Dust at MyPerfectColor
The floor is still racing stripe green and will be until next summer when we can afford to put down hardwood in the whole area.
We now have picture boxes in the entire area with white below the picture rail and the Notre Dame color above with white accents.
Next up, making curtains, finishing the back splash and then painting the island.