Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tips for...Sprucing up your Kitchen this Summer

Painting your existing kitchen cabinets and swapping out the old hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen. IF...you take some time to do some prep work first.

No, this is not an article about how to clean the cabinets, sand the cabinets, applying primer and then one coat of semi-gloss paint before sanding ever so lightly again and then applying the final coat.

What this article asks you to think about is how you use your kitchen before you go out and select that paint for the cabinets.

Do you have children? Then do yourself a favor and consider choosing a dual color pallet for your kitchen cabinets where the upper cabinets are a light color and the lower cabinets are in a dark color. Trust me, as a mom of five; I know what I am talking about.

Ever see a kid crack an egg for the first time? What about Kool-Aid? I swear if they ever made a paint that held up like a Kool-Aid stain you would never have to paint again. I’d like to tell you that as the children get older the fingerprints, spaghetti sauce, jelly, and other assorted food based stains start to reduce…but alas and alack… even teenagers still manage to make some stupendous spills on the cabinetry and they never seem to wipe up every last drop. Ponder this suggestion…if you paint your lower cabinets a darker color, you will not only hide some of the hardest to get out stains but you will also provide a focal point and just a bit of drama to your kitchen without overpowering, especially with smaller kitchens.

Here are some intriguing ideas to get your creative juices going. A deep hunter green works particularly well with a beige toned or wood butcher block style counter and will lend a “Country Kitchen” feel to your cabinetry. I have personally used this color scheme in a home with great success. Black or cobalt blue works particularly well with concrete or stainless steel counters and screams “Modern Progressive”. A deep brick red color nestled under a dark granite counter can invoke impressions romantic evenings nestled in some quaint café far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The point is to think creatively and gain a practical benefit. Create your space and live in it fearlessly.

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