Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Show of hands…who among you actually thought that I was going to be satisfied with the finish I showed you yesterday on the cabinets? And who among you actually thought that I was going to leave it alone? And who among you actually believed that I really and truly thought that “good enough is good enough”?
I honest to goodness believed that I was done with those cabinets. I really did believe that I was satisfied with the finish. So yesterday morning, I wrote my post sharing with all of you that it was finished, and I was satisfied, and I was giving up my pursuit of the perfect (for me) finish.
Then after I wrote that post, Matt and I sat down for breakfast. And as I was sitting at the dining table (in the music room, as I showed you on Friday), I kept staring at those cabinets and seeing all of the shine with the sunlight bouncing off of them. The lights in the kitchen were off, so it wasn’t the bright recessed lights above causing all of that shine.
I became so frustrated all over again. I hated it. I’m not going to all of this trouble, spending all of this time, and spending all of this money, to end up with a kitchen with awful shiny cabinets that I hate. Knowing that’s what I would end up with destroyed every ounce of motivation I had to work on my kitchen yesterday.
So once again, I knew I had to come up with a solution. And I did!!! And it turned out just like I wanted. Just like I had envisioned. And now my kitchen cabinets have the most gorgeous velvety satin finish I’ve ever seen. I mean seriously, I love the finish. I couldn’t want or ask for anything more.
The key was topcoating everything with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in a matte finish. I sprayed it on, and oh my gosh, it’s gorgeous. I wish I could invite every single one of you over to my house so that you could stand in my kitchen and see it in person for yourself. It’s absolutely, 100%, exactly what I wanted.
Just to compare, here’s a close up picture that I showed you yesterday of the sconce.
See the shine on that cabinet? Everything is shiny, from the top crown moulding to the trim on the bottom and everything in between. Just…no.
And now? Gorgeous, velvety satin finish.
And now I’m excited again about my kitchen. I was getting so discouraged, and so frustrated, that I really just wanted to throw in the towel. I thought if I can’t have the finish I want, then I’d rather just live with bare wood in my kitchen and the dream of what it could be in my mind. But I did not want to live with those shiny cabinets in my kitchen. But now, finally, after a week-and-a-half, I’m not only satisfied, but I’m thrilled with the outcome and excited to do the rest of my cabinets now.
So having to respray everything really put me behind schedule yesterday. When I got up yesterday morning, the only thing I had planned for that day was to get the other five cabinets doors gold leafed. But after deciding that I still wasn’t satisfied with the finish, the new plan was to devise a new plan, redo everything, and then finish the gold leafing.
I didn’t even start the gold leafing until 7:15 last night, and I redid two of the doors that had already been gold leafed. So I didn’t finish the gold leafing until 1:20am. Totally worth it, though.
And then I got up early this morning to install the doors and take pictures. So needless to say, the doors might not be installed perfectly right now. They’ll probably need some adjustments so that they’re all hanging evenly with each other.
Anyway, it’s done. Finally. And I’m satisfied. Finally.
The good thing is that now that I’ve finally found the magical combination (Benjamin Moore Advance paint topcoated with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in a matte finish), the rest of the cabinets should go so much faster.
And now, one more thing…
I had someone ask me to take different pictures with the different lighting that I have in my kitchen just so that y’all can see the options and how everything works together. More than likely I’ll never have a need to turn on all of the lights at once. That gets very bright when I do that, and I still don’t even have my undercabinet lighting installed! 🙂
Anyway, here are the different lighting options that I have. This is with the recessed lights on, plus the center main light. (All of my recessed lights are in dimmer switches.)
And next, center main light, plus the sconces and inside cabinet lights. (The inside cabinet lights were an afterthought, and they’re on the same plug as the sconces. Both are controlled with a switch on the left wall.)
And here’s my favorite, especially at night when I’m not really needing task lighting, but just needing a little light — sconces and inside cabinet lights only.
And finally, this is just with the center main light on…
I can’t even tell you how much I love having these different options, especially since this room started out with one single light bulb lighting the entire room. What a difference!
Today I’m starting on those lower cabinets. And who know…now that I know what the heck I’m doing, I just might be able to finish those in about two days rather than ten! 😀
Oh, and I still have to find cabinet hardware. Unfortunately, I know pretty much exactly what I want, even though I’ve never seen it before. That’s always a challenge because who knows if it even exists, or if I’ll be able to find it, or if I’ll be able to afford it if I do ever find it. It’s always so much easier when you start a search with an open mind and not really a clear idea of what you want, right?
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
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