…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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…new interior design project

So, it’s about time that I let you in on a little secret of mine, I am designing a new home on a lake and it happens to ours. I say this with all the modesty in the world because I'm scared of all negative judgement. All I can say is that God has always taken care me. I don't know why and I don't always know how, but He continues move aside the storm clouds and shine down on our family. And what's more, I feel like He continually is proud of me for letting my own light shine and not hide it under a bushel - this means everything. No more shame, no more hiding - just living my life as bravely as I can.

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I want you to know about it because I am getting slowly emotionally invested in the home and it's occupying my headspace. This process has really made me think about where I spend my time, how I want to live the next half of my life (I'm almost 40) and on a much lighter note - design trends.

I have to say that when I set out on this Blue Egg Brown Nest journey there were, what felt like, only a handful of other painters and dealers out there that were doing what I was doing and had made a name for themselves. You can see for yourself that the painted furniture and rustic look are much more main-stream. I think it is great in one regard because it is now so accessible to people where it was not when I was starting out. I remember hunting for some tall topiaries and it was near impossible to find them. Now, I can rattle of at least four major retail shops that I could order them online today!

Again, trends shifting is not a bad thing, but just to tell you a bit more about my personality, I like to be a tad different and unexpected. I want to be a little ahead of the curve in my home and in my clothes and in my earrings and in my recipes, etc. Trends change and I think that's what keeps me excited because it is always fresh. This new project of mine is allowing me to explore some other avenues of design, while still incorporating my own taste.

I will talk more about trends this week, but I think in order for a creative person to continue to create, they have to continue to move forward. It sounds really basic, but to stay sedentary is not a good thing for this gal. I'm a very curious person and I like trying out new things.

I'm excited to have you come along with me in this next pursuit and I think you will be interested because it's very similar to where I was when we built our current home and had no budget for furniture or decor. Here I am again challenged with a clean slate and ever so excited about it.

I'd love for you to join me.