First .....MC and I wish to thank Pam, the Author of Simple Details HERE
for introducing us to Annie Sloan's Chalk Paints. This product has proven to be a Miracle Worker!
I have been dreaming of painted cabinetry for almost two years. Never felt the "standard" contractor cabinets were what I wanted. There was nothing, and I mean nothing wrong with them!.....Perfectly good, acceptable wood cabinetry.....Just not what I wanted. With the open floor plans we love and live in today, the kitchen becomes a main focal point in the house! The cabinets just didn't "fit" with all our furnishings. I felt it was insane to have them removed...they are new-well almost-two years old! And, most sane people don't touch wood ----with Paint of all things!!! I am sure every dyed in the wool wood fan is screaming at me! But, remember these cabinets are not 100 year old oak antiques!
As per the "Work Order", the cabinetry in the Bucket List House is "Landen Maple Fawn". We were restricted to one cabinet choice for the entire home.
MC was very clear, on many occasions, he was NOT REFINISHING them. We looked into all the products and I agreed, the work involved was overwhelming and way more than I would ask MC to take on.
Then, one morning I was reading all the morning Posts from my wonderful world of new Blog Friends and there.......it was! Pam had just put up a post about refinishing a hutch with chalk paint. It didn't require STRIPPING, SANDING, OR ANY PREP, before application of the product. It required two coats of paint, with a quick drying time of 20 minutes. The second step was the application of a wax. The wax, after many research links, proved to be flexible in it's application. Each "tip" I checked out was different. I came to the conclusion that no matter how it was applied, it would work! Now you know by this time I was jumping up and down and ranting about this miracle stuff to MC.!
He didn't believe me!
After much persuasion, he gave in and read the link I sent to his lap top!! He read it and ANNOUNCED,
"WE CAN DO THIS"
I had already checked where it was sold and as I wrote about before (when we practiced with our Master Bath Vanity), all we had to do was drive to Senoia to a lovely shop, Twist on Main....love that place! WHO NEEDS ATLANTA?
I believe we were there the next day and practiced on our Master Bath HERE. That was all we needed! We were believers! This stuff does what it claims!
After the bath successfully was finished we immediately attacked the kitchen.
We developed a WORK PLAN!
A FULLY JOINT EFFORT!!!
We had to take two breaks in the process. The first was to tend to the 2012 Holiday Tour of Homes and the second was when our Daughter, Son in Law and Granddaughter came for a visit. There was a "slow up" when I was hit with a nasty sinus infection.
Tuesday we were back to work!!!!
Last night the finishing touches were added......a few pictures of wonderful buildings in Germany were attached to the back splash.
I chose French Linen for the color. It pairs perfectly with everything we have!! I also chose not to do an "Antique" finish. I wanted a clean look. The counter top, a Gallo Victoria granite and the tile of the back splash have lots of "movement". In my eye, I didn't want to add more, and doing an antique finish would have added a great amount of movement! I'm also thrilled with the color against the stainless appliances!
I guess we're ready
My Goldilocks Chair has a "new" side table!!! Added "Dolly"! Right at home...........
and.....last night was the first night in almost a year that I didn't experience upper arm pain!! Definitely a smart move on our part!
A Painless Patty is
WE KEEP SAYING, "WHAT MORE CAN WE DO HERE?"
THE GUEST BATH!