Monday, October 24, 2016

{The Abode} Painting the Family Room Built-Ins White


I'm excited to share this update with you today.  It's been a long time coming and now I wonder why we waited so long to do it!
Here are our family room built in cabinets before. They've been that light honey oak since we moved in eleven years ago.  We're thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets white and decided to try our hand at the (slightly) less intimidating built ins.
The first step was clearing them out.  I moved some of the items to the bottom of the cabinets to get them out of the way.
 Did you know I had this wall paper behind the shelves? I don't think many people noticed it but I was ready for a change.
 We started our project with an oil-based primer.  We painted right over the wall paper.
I only had a few minutes to make up my mind about the behind the shelf wall color so I went with Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore.  I knew I loved their Newburyport Blue from our master bedroom and den so staying on the same color card felt safe while also a little bold since we were going darker.
While Mr. Click did the inside work, I painted the doors.  First they are getting the primer on each side (allowing dry time before flipping them over).
This Handy Paint Cup from Lowe's is genius.  It's got an ergonomic grip for holding it and there's a magnetic spot near the lip to hold your paintbrush up and out of the paint when you're not painting. I highly recommend buying the liners for the cups too because they make clean up a breeze!
 It's so exciting when you see it all starting to come together!
We used a product called Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations in Pure White.  The kit comes with everything you need(minus the primer) to paint a 100 square foot kitchen and you pick either the dark kit or the light kit. The store tints the color for you and there are a lot to choose from.
And ta-da..the finished room! 
I'm so glad we chose a bold color for the back of the shelves.  The navy really sets off all of our objects.
 It was fun to style the shelves.  There's that wooden tray I recently got while thrifting. I knew I'd use it somewhere!
 Most of the items are thrifted or from other rooms in the house.   I continue to edit them and enjoy seeing them evolve.
I decided to move all of the scrapbooks to the cabinets below for a neater look.  I also purged those lower cabinets so this turned into another organizing project! They were driving me crazy.
The mantel got a makeover too and I love how fresh and clean it looks now.  Still no change in the creep cherubs under the mantel. We're afraid to remove them.
I can't change where the tv goes in this room so I styled the two upper shelves around the cable box, speakers and other tv related black boxes.
One final "after" shot.  What do you think?
Let's keep in touch!



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11 comments:

Tamar SB said...

LOVE it!! What a great update. The white and navy compliment the brick fireplace so nicely!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Wow! What a difference! It is beautiful and o adore the navy! I bet you love it in there!!! Oh and how I love that pic on your shelves of your sweet girls - made me smile!!!!

Love Of Quilts said...

I just love white any way's, it really makes a different. Your cabinets looks great. You will love it in the kitchen too. I painted my kitchen in white once and loved it, now our cabinet are white in this house too. White is and has always been my favorite color.

Clairejustine oxox said...

Oh wow, this looks great Heather, love your makeover :) I have been painting some kitchen shelve, a simerla makeover! will post soon.. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

Jessica Pelasky said...

Turned out so great! :)

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Carla from The River said...

I love it!! Well done my friend.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

The shelves came out so nice Heather. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Heather, you did a great job with the paint job. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.

Bliss said...

I think I like it that's what I think! But what do YOU think!

Ida said...

You did a fantastic job and it looks great. We've been watching a lot of DIY shows lately and the white color seems to be "in" right now.

Morgan said...

Wow, it makes a huge difference! The room is so much brighter! :-O
I love the navy you chose for the backs too - it looks great!

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