…what color did I use for my lake cabinets?

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Of course I’ll tell you! (Check out yesterday’s post about painting cabinets)

I wanted a white similar to what I have in my kitchen at home. We debated between three Benjamin Moore interior paints: Dove White, Simply White or Chantily Lace. I have used Dove White many, many times for rooms, including my master. This color is my favorite white, but it does off a bit of a subtle hue when next to trim. I wanted more of a white-white.

After looking up pictures and doing my resesarch, I chose the 2016 Color of the year, Simply White.

There are many sheens to choose from as well. We went with “Satin” and it is the perfect look of custom cabinets.

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If you are thinking about doing your cabinets in a professional manner, I would highly recommend this color.

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…spray painting lake cabinets

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When we bought our little lake house last year we knew there were a few cosmetic things that we wanted to work on. We had some painting, reorganization of furniture and rooms, more painting, cleaning out, more painting and a little building. DH and I do not shy away from a home project. In fact, we secretly love it. However, I have to admit, I had to ride DH to get him to agree to paint the kitchen cabinets. I think he was a bit nervous to change anything for resale, but we are not selling any time in the next 20 years and this mama wanted white cabinets!

Here is a look at the process. The before:

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It wasn’t bad. It was fine. But, I wanted white to lighten up the great room. We talked about Chalk painting the cabinets, but Brent wanted them to look professional, not shabby. Since he was up for it, I agreed. So, he collected his materials, including a paint sprayer, and set to work.

This project is not for the faint of heart. It requires very ambitious painting, the right materials, time and patience. The good thing is is that when Brent gets to work on a project, he does not cut corners. He took this one on himself while I wrangled children and cheered him on. Oh, I am also the clean-up crew.

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He took off all the cabinet doors, taped everything and painted the framing by hand. The doors were another story. This picture makes me think of Walter White and Breaking Bad! I had no idea he was decked out until I peaked in the garage. OMG.

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He sprayed all the cabinets with Benjamin Moore Simply White (the 2016 Color of the Year). We chose the a satin finish because it has a slight sheen to it like you want in the kitchen. The color was perfect.

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What a trooper! Again, if you want a professional look like we chose, you will need to really plan. That paper on the floor is pretty darn important to.

Here is the after:

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We are going to be working on the countertops next and I think we settled on doing concrete to keep costs down. You may have notice that the Gaines from Fixer Upper like this look too.

I am so pleased with the result of the kitchen and the lightness it brings. We are working on creating a light, airy space to mirror the lake. Here’s a peek.

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DH definitely deserved a nap and a few days off. Not sure when that will happen though

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…california style

Is everywhere! I am loving this look. Let me first say, though, that this style does not give up on our love for woods, chalkboards, farm house lighting and seagrass rugs. It incorporates these in a new way by adding another kind of neutral – black. What I see is a bit of a sleeker look (that is definitely trending), but with a relaxed feel.

I’ve been seeing this look on design magazines (House Beautiful, Elle Decor, etc.) and sites like One Kings Lane, Target, William Sonoma Home and our beloved Fixer Upper on HGTV! Yup, Joanna Gaines uses black more than you realize. I’ve seen the look labeled as a relaxed California style and Global Style. Like any look, this one is layered with textures like relaxed linen with velvet pillows, black rattan with shiny wood and white faux fur and brass.

Take a look:

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I think it’s really inspiring and I definitely plan to incorporate a few of these ideas in my family room. I think I’ll start with one of these from Serena & Lily. La Jolla Basket.

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PS – I was literally shopping in Target before posting this and snapped a pick of guess what? hahaha. Love when that happens.

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