When I mentioned to my husband a few months ago that I wanted to strip my green cabinet down to raw, natural wood, he thought I was crazy! "That color is what makes that cabinet worth so much!"..."That's why you bought that cabinet." He was right. I loved that cabinet for it's color and chippiness and unique look. And I STILL love that cabinet!
Click here to see the BEFORE.
I had dreamed up a new look for the kitchen, a much cleaner, natural, less cluttered and almost modern look. When I was ready to get to it, it was hard to pull the trigger. I knew just what this cabinet meant to so many. I knew what it meant to me. I was deciding between a kitchen I loved and a kitchen I would love even more. Hubby refused to sand the cabinet for me...at first. He didn't "believe in it". Ha! But eventually, he said he'd do it for me if I bought him a jacket he liked. DEAL! I think this hard-working, self-sacrificing, clever handy-man deserves a new jacket.
The day after the cabinet was stripped of it's paint, even though the kitchen was such a mess, I noticed as I cooked that it just felt like a clean kitchen. Many people talk about the feelings they get from their own home design, however I've never really gotten the "feelings". Either I liked how it looked or I didn't. But this was a feeling I got without even looking at my kitchen...just working in it. It felt so good!
The hardest part was taking down my cubby shelf that my husband build and I painted. I LOVED that thing! I mean...who has one of those? But I wanted my marble shelves. The cubbies were part of what made my kitchen look cluttered and so they had to go. My husband quickly cut and put up the marble shelves. I was waiting for this "aahhh" moment...where you hear angels singing you know? Well, it was a bit disappointing. My husband said "you had an EPIC kitchen..." and he was right about that, it was pretty "epic". But what I want now is CLEAN...SLEEK...MINIMAL. So after thinking about whether or not I should put the "epic" shelf back up or keep going with the "sleek" marble shelves, I decided to go with what I really wanted, even though it's not a show-stopper.
The only treatment we used on the wood cabinet was Briwax (Original) in light brown. I didn't want to change the tone or color much and wanted it to keep the "old" look. The Briwax was AMAZING! You can find it on Amazon.
I searched for marble for a long time. What I REALLY wanted was old marble with stains and chips, but yeah right! Where would I find that?! Well when we went to Denver to put on our Vintage Whites Market in January, Jana (Vintage Whites partner) found some for me. (Leave it to Jana). She finds EVERYTHING! She took us to Uncle Benny's Building Supplies and there we found 3 large pieces of antique marble. I was giggly and giddy! Next I just needed to know how to cut the marble. The man helping us says, "oh, that's easy..." I couldn't believe it! Now I've got marble AND know what to do to cut it. That saves me HUNDREDS!
Now, in my "DREAM" kitchen the marble shelves have this tiny brass railing and somehow Jana knew I wanted that and told me to ask the man about it. Like he'd know what I was talking about. Jana pulls up the picture and asks him. "Oh yeah, that's called galley rail. You can find it hear in this catalogue." My jaw dropped and my heart pounded...NO! WAY! This is the most amazing place EVER!! So I had everything I needed for my "dream kitchen".
I wanted floating marble shelves but I don't even think that is possible since they needed to be wide enough to hold all my dishes. So I searched for very minimal brackets. I fell in love with Anthropologie's wishbone brackets. I ordered them in white because I wanted them to be almost invisible so that my shelves look like they're floating.
We repainted the walls in Benjamin Moore Regal Select, Color: #OC-37 "Glacier White" in Pearl finish. I LOVE IT! It's not too yellowy or pinky. It's perfect! The trim and built-in cabinet I painted with Benjamin Moore's Regal Select "Snowfall White" (#OC-118) in Pearl finish.
I'm so obsessed with black and white right now and it all started with this ironstone bowl and lid I found. I still can't find anything like it.
But I found these adorable canisters on Etsy and I LOVE the design on them. I'm hoping for just one or two more pieces with a black stripe or design.
I know the stripped cabinet will break so many hearts, but I hope it will also inspire a few. I feel so good in my kitchen now and even though I did so love the "before", I'm glad I took a leap of faith!