Maria from Texas contacted me last month. She wanted to refinish her oak kitchen cabinets and the Caromal Colours products caught her interest-
…the walls in kitchen and den are a buttery yellow with a satin finish. All of the trim and doors in the house are a medium oak. The fixtures are being replaced with aged copper…same family as oil rubbed bronze…but not as dark.
I included a sample of the countertops I would like to add, I love earth tone and sea glass colors but I think I may just have to resort to painting them for now…
In the kitchen, I am leaning toward the Parchment with Toner for the cabinets-
I have no clue how to get the countertop colors I am looking for with paint-
I have an 18 month old so working time is limited to nap time and after bed time for her. Thanks so much for taking the time to steer me in the right direction. All of your help is greatly appreciated!
We chatted back and forth a bit, about her cabinets, mostly about refinishing her formica counters using the Caromal basecoats. She ordered cobblestone basecoat, pumpkin basecoat, and tea glaze for the counter top, parchment basecoat for the cabinets and a copper gilding kit for the fixtures.
Okay, did you catch that this is a mom of an 18 month old? Even better, she waited until her husband left town and the started her kitchen re-do!
She kept in touch along the way. These were some things she said while working on the cabinets-
I taped the hinges, but not the trim. Have been working about 3 hours during the day and 3 or 4 at night. Can only work when babe is sleeping. Hubby is out of town and wont be back until next week…
…Will see what I can do with them when munchkin takes her nap today.
Ok. It has been long time since I have used poly….all of the windows and doors are open..and I am still high as a kite!
What a difference, don’t you think? She actually used a small brush and brushed Pumpkin in the grooves of the doors, then did the rest of the door in Parchment, and then toned everything with the Toner –
She said this about refinishing the counters-
Cabinets are done….now time for countertop…
Base coat….thought about leaving it like that. Pounced the whole thing…had better texture than rolling. It thinned in places and you could see lighter tone underneath from old laminate…actually looks like stone. Waiting for practice board to dry and munchkin to go to bed…
… Countertops….turned out great…or maybe I am just tired…hope they look this good in the morning.
… I am really tired and am beginning to hate sandwiches. (I had to laugh at this)
I liked her sensibility – she was working up a practice board first, to get an idea of exactly what type of look she was after – that is the formula for big smiles and happy dances after the job is done 🙂
A close up of the refinished counters-
I LOVE my “new” kitchen!!! Now, if I can just get rid of the neck ache.
She didn’t expect her husband to like the transformation – their tastes are different, his favoring contemporary. I was anxious to hear what her husband’s reaction was on his return home. Her reply?
He got back yesterday….said it was “his” idea and “he” did a good job.
What a MAN 🙂
Thanks so much, Maria, for letting me share your story – I know this post will be helpful to many other readers! How many months, before you’re out doing kitchen refinishes?
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