As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Did You Forget About Those Kitchen Cabinets?

Perhaps you thought I did. 

You may remember that I began to plan this project in November.  After several months and a lot more planning, the project began in earnest last week

It was a l-o-n-g process that ended late this morning with the attachment of the knobs.  Woo-hoo! 

So with no further ado (as we've had far too much "ado" already!), we present the completion of Phase One.

Here are some before-and-after shots.  (I love before-and-after shots!)

 Starting at the left...

 ...on to the front view (looking from the eating/sitting area)...

...and on to the right.

Here are a few different angles.  I am amazed at how the color looks different from almost every view.  The name of the color is "Duckety Mud" and is a gray-ish green.

I am completely happy with the results of this painting project!  I think it gives the kitchen more of the colonial farmhouse feel that I want.  Everytime I walk into my kitchen, or look up from the school table (which is the kitchen table), I say, "Ooooooh...I love it!"

Thanks to all of you who have been such an encouragement along the way!  It is funny how many times I have thought of you (in Maine, in Pennsylvania, in Oregon, all over the place) as I have cleaned and sanded and painted these cabinets.  I wish I could invite you all for dinner!  (We'd eat in the kitchen, of course.)

So Phase One is completed.  Sometime soon, I plan to do a sort of "How To" post about painting the kitchen cabinets...although it will really be more of a "This Is How We Did It" post as I don't think we qualify as experts after one go at this. 

Phase Two will include installing a farmhouse sink, wood counter tops, and replacement of the track lighting over the kitchen sink.  But that will be "This Is How RON Did It" because I don't think we girls will be much help.  (UPDATE, June 6, 2012:  Phase Two is complete!  Woohoo!  You can see the "after" pictures ~here~.)


  1. That's really quite a transformation. Good for you.

    I can't wait to see it with wood counter tops and a farmhouse sink! I'll probably never paint our cupboards, but those other two are on my wish list, too!

  2. Cheryl your kitchen is Beautiful!! I love it!! When I showed the before and after picture to Aaron he said Wow!! The color is so pretty! You guys did a great job!!

  3. Oooooooh! I love it too Cheryl, and have been waiting for the reveal, this causes me to move a little bit closer to taking the jump of painting my kitchen cabinets, I will so be looking forward to you sharing tips and how you all did it. BTW a great job by all and my hat is off to all the hard work you did!! IThis will be a wonderful memory for the memory bank for sure, and one that you will be talking about in the years to come.
    Getting a farmhouse sink is tops on my wish list, and I will be looking forward to that. I love all the work space you have in your kitchen too.
    I think all of you have earned a weekend of rest and relaxation.~smile~

  4. The cabinets look great! I like the new color!

  5. OMgoodness! What a big change! They look great! You all did a good job :)

  6. I love it! The color really suits your house, and even if it takes a while for Phase 2, it's already beautiful:)

  7. I think it looks great, you definitely made it look more colonial. I can tell you did a thorough job too. A job worth doing, is worth doing right! ;D

    Pat yourself on the back!

  8. ♫ At Last! Those cabinet doors are duh-uhn. My searching days are over and life is like a song.♪ (Apologies to Etta...)

    I love them, too! They truly complement your home. They were nice before, but now they are fantastic. Can't wait to see all the other details you'll be doing. This new kitchen is going to be magazine worthy!

  9. wow!! oh, i love the cabinets.
    also, you have a super lovely kitchen :)

    happy weekend xo

  10. Wow! I love the "new" cabinets. They look absolutely beautiful. I think they go perfectly with your home and the color is really inviting.

    I'd love for you to link up to our Finished Friday blog party.

  11. It was already lovely but now... WOW! What a difference the exact right shade of mud makes!! I can't wait to see the rest... and am so glad that phase two will be called "This is how RON did it". Now I can show it to Larry. :)

    Glad to be back.. and glad I was missed. It feels good to visit you again my friend!

    Blessings, Debbie

  12. Love the new color. Your kitchen looks great. You and your family have done a super job. Wishing you many hours of enjoyment as you work/play in your "new" kitchen.
    Blessings, Sharon D.

  13. Your cabinets look so good, the color is beautiful--I love green! Wonderful job. :)

  14. Looks great! Can't wait to see it with the farmhouse sink and wood countertops. I sooooo want wood countertops, so I'm a little envious.

  15. I have been behind on my blog reading....Wow! it looks great!I can't wait to see it in person. Now you've got me thinking about my cabinets......Hmmm

  16. Allyson, the color is "Duckety Mud" which is a Better Homes and Gardens® paint at Walmart. However, we had heard that Benjamin Moore's Advance® paint had a durable, hard finish which was important for the durability of something that gets as much use as kitchen we had them match the color as closely as possible.

  17. what color did you use on wall. Looks like a shade of yellow. My living room is ducketymud trimmed wood stain have recently opened wall to dining room making a tiled bar and i have tried different colors on dining room wall that i dont like now that its up against the green.

  18. Susan, we used Lowe's brand "Antique White" flat latex paint.

    I think the name is Valspar? But it is whatever is right there on the special blend or color formula.

    Hope that helps!

    (Don't you love Duckety Mud?!) :D


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