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“Love the lake house. Love the cabinets and all the black items but you taught everyone to paint with chalk paint and now you are saying that to make it look professional don’t use the chalk paint. I have done a lot of my furniture in chalk paint and I don’t know weather to change it now. I can’t afford to buy new stuff. Any ideas to help with that?” – Reader

Dear Reader,

Do not worry or change a thing! Like in art there is style and context to everything. Shabby and rustic have their place and clean with satin sheen has another place. Neither is right, but rather right for the context of your project. For me personally, the pleasure of working on a new interior is that I get to do and try things differently. I want this lake kitchen to have a slight sheen instead of a rubbed look, therefore, we decided to spray. I will show you that there are many pieces at the lake that I have rubbed and painted with my beloved Old White and I won’t stop.

I think this is a great time to talk about how a creative person needs to stretch and look around and if confined to a certain look is to, well, clip her wings in a way. For me, inspiration comes from exploring and looking at new things. I think about the artists and musicians that I love and they have each redefined themselves as their lives evolves. I think it’s safe to say that we are different today than we were 10 years ago. This is what keeps life exciting!

But not to worry, like I said before, I love the Sweetish, shabby look and will continue to use it, but I also think trying out new techniques is to grow and expand, which keeps me feeling excited. This is the point that you decide, with your knowledge, what look you are going for. I am just presenting the projects and looks that I’ve come to love. I am not taking anything away from my style. I am adding to it…and playing 🙂

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…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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