Mar 8, 2012

Paint transformation

Hello to all.  Between the boxes and my fumbling with needles because of my tingling arms, I haven't done much stitching. 

The BOAF Black Santa that I'm working on has been started over on another piece of linen.  That creep's head was a constant pain.  I have no idea what my problem was but there was error after error, even though I double checked my stitches, which threw everything else off.  It's just a freaking round face - what the heck was the problem???  So I grabbed another piece of linen and started over.  This time I made another face error but I just made the other cheek the same and it's good enough!  I decided to do all the buttons and extras so I can just speed along with the black coat.  I know.  Not a good idea.  

 And I finally snagged this chart - The Plantation Sampler!  It's one of the many that I sold years ago for 99¢, along with Hannah Lancaster and all of her friends.  I love it but just couldn't get past the pink flowers.  Easily remedied.  I'm changing them to a dark shade, something like 632 with the lighter parts a dusty shade of rust.  You can see Tanya's magnificent finish here.  I kept missing it on EBay and finally called The Attic in AZ and they came through for me once again!  It's mine!!   I will be listing And They Sinned along with Mary Slatter on EBay soon.  I know I will never do them - of course I said that about all the others I regret selling - but this time I'm sure - like I was then - when I was younger and knew it all - but I didn't realize how much more I would know as I aged grew older obtained my honorary degree as hormonal weisenheimer.

On to the paint.  A few shots of the little kitchen, but first the difference paint can make.  This is the original oak cabinet and the same cabinet with filler and paint.  I use Benjamin Moore's oil base because it is the best for self-leveling.  I had too much trouble with brush and roller strokes with acrylic.  These same cabinets were used throughout the bathrooms and here is one unfinished - and one painted.


I also like to finish off the bottoms.  Instead of the standard recessed toe kick, we cut 3/4" boards for a leg effect, attached to the outside of the cabinet, and added quarter round moulding to the top of the board for a finished appearance.  I plan on doing this to the kitchen cabinets once there are in place.  It's a small kitchen open to the family room with two walls having door openings so there isn't much I can do with it.   The room beyond used to be our garage but was turned into a little apartment for mom.  The cabinet alcove was for her dishes, coffee, and snacks.  Beyond that was her TV room and the bedroom/bath to the right which will stay as is, but the TV room wall and alcove will come down making the dining area much larger. 


The cooking area is changing.  It will either be floor to ceiling pantry storage, with the door opening and stove switched, or the stove area against the fridge wall, and just the cabinets and countertop moved up to the other side.  Either way, the door will be moved and the fridge wall will be flush with that opening.  Here's a few pics of kitchens that motivate me.
These two are from David T Smith. 




These are from Sunderland.

This last one is Kennebec.  I have been collecting kitchen and bath photos for several years and it's a good thing I don't have the room for some of these kitchens!  I really prefer the painted finishes and as much closed cabinetry as possible.  Behind most of these doors are refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers.
I'll probably be flooding posts with some of the pictures I've collected as I move along with redecorating.  I would love to list them all on Pinterest but I'm not sure of their origin and really don't understand all this copyright stuff.  How can all these copyrighted photos appear on Pinterest as long as credit is given?  I'm also afraid to go there for fear I will never return. 
I'm done.  I want to thank everyone for purchasing the boxes.  I sure hope you will like them.   I'll be showing off a win from Faye soon.  I can't believe it but I won one of her bags.  YAY!!  Until then, stay safe, be good, and thank you for visiting!!

22 comments:

Elizabeth Ann said...

I love your paint color choice. I have been wanting to paint all the cabinets in my living room and I think this might work for them. Also how much will you be selling And They Sinned for? Thanks, Liz

Jeanne said...

Wow! Those cabinets look awesome...love your paint color. I want to paint our cabinets, but the husband won't let me. :(

carol fun said...

Great kitchen ideas - I'd love to do something like this at my house but someone else who lives here refuses to let me paint the oak - arghhh!! I love the Plantation Sampler. I did that one about 20 years ago when I lived in Modesto,CA. It is such a pretty piece - good luck will the stitching and the painting!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Your oak cabinets look just like mine.....hmmmm...I would love to paint mine.Black would ne nice. Love all your kitchen photos...keep them coming. --Jan

Bertie said...

Your new Santa is lovely so far! Oh Marly you are a painter too lol. Love the grey color, it's a transformation! My doors were a bit like that, they were brown and had to get rid of that so I painted till I got tendonitis! But I am at it again and it's my workroom this time. Now you watch your arms!
The kitchens are fantastic!

samplerlover said...

Love your kitchen ideas and your kitchen doors look so much better than the wood. It is always exciting when we redecorate. Your new Santa is lovely and I love the Plantation Sampler. It is on my "to do" list. Congratulations on winning one of Faye's bags. They are lovely. - Sandra.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

I'm so glad you snagged the Plantation sampler. Oh, the difference the paint makes is true.
I love oil base paints better, too.
Thank you for sharing your re-do and ideas, and your inspiration photos.
We're in the process of renovating and I'm driving Mr. Glen Oaks crazy with the pictures I've collected. I like yours so I'll show him those and stop pestering him!
Thanks again.
Hugs,
Susan

Joy said...

I love that sampler...even though it is in the original colors, on dark linen, it's a favorite. Wish I knew you were looking for it, I would share. Love David T.Smith. I don't understand the copyright thing...once you put it on the internet, isn't for everyone to see? And yes, you will get lost in Pinterest.

Ann said...

Marly, I'm loving your paint color. Wish my cranberry cupboards were your color. Oh well. The toe kick boards add a nice touch.

I'm feeling your pain of giving/selling away charts. I gave away all my old Cross Stitch Magazines and am now regretting that decision. ~Ann

Margaret said...

Love all those kitchens. Sigh.... Oh my. Your paint jobs look really really good. Sorry you've been having trouble with Santa's head. Silly Santa. I stitched the Plantation Sampler too, after seeing Tanya's. I have yet to frame it, but I love it!

The Evening Stitcher said...

Love, love ,love that paint, Marly! I am so in need of paint my kitchen cupboards. I really like your bathroom vanity. I have never tried the Benjamin Moore paint...sounds like it should be very durable. Lovely pictures of those kitchens!

Shirlee said...

I absolutely love what you are doing with your cabinets Marly! Are you painting the insides as well? Perhaps if we find ourselves stuck here in the land of liars & cheats I will attempt something like this with our cabinets after they take me off suicide watch. Your homes looks beautiful ... at least the little bit of it I'm seeing in your photos : )

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

honorary degree as hormonal weisenheimer - I love this statement!!

Chris said...

I hope the stitching settles down and stops giving you trouble. I am glad that you were able to find the chart for that beautiful sampler.
The kitchen plans sound great!

Vickie said...

The cabinets look great Marly. Can't wait to see more.

Deb said...

OMG, it looks like you have the same cabinets in your kitchen as I do and I hate them. Well, I don't hate them, but they make the kitchen so dark considering that I have a northern facing kitchen. I am going to have to remember the Benjamin Moore paint. I've held off because oak surface is not flat and feared I'd end up without a smooth finish. Yours looked great and I may have to pick your brain as to how you did it.

Loraine said...

Oh my goodness you have been busy! I love the kitchen redo. The pictures you have are very inspiring and I can't wait to see what your finish product looks like.
I have to laugh at your obsession with The Plantation sampler. I acquired a copy of that one a few months ago after seeing Tanya's version. It is definitely in my "To Do" pile. Are you interested in a SAL later in the year?
Hope your arm tingling gets better real soon. Such a pain not to be able to stitch.
Have a great weekend!

Lanie said...

Marly, you made me smile with your collection of kitchen photos...I thought I was the only crazy who did that! In my next life I will have a "real" period kitchen preferably by David T Smith! In the meantime, I am also painting my kitchen cabinets. I'm using the Caromal Colours Distressed Paint Kit that James Creek Galleries sells. I'm loving the results, but it's a process! Good luck with your painting...your cabinets look great...I love the color. Post more pictures!

Isobel -Argante- said...

Well, I'm building my new house and I think I have too many choises to do... I love yours :-)
Have a lovely week end Marly

Isobel -Argante- said...

Well, I'm building my new house and I think I have too many choises to do... I love yours :-)
Have a lovely week end Marly

Carol said...

Sorry that Santa is giving you a rough time, Marly--hope you've finally won the battle with his head!

Wow--where do you find the time to do all you do?? Painting all of your kitchen cabinets?? They do look fabulous and thanks for the tip on the Benjamin Moore paint... I have so many painting projects that need to be done around here, but I keep procrastinating. Maybe seeing your progress will inspire me a bit :)

Suzanne said...

Your santa is looking good. I love the plantation sampler, it will be such a pretty piece.

I am happy to buy ATS and Mary Slatter if you are willing to sell privately.

Love the new look to your kitchen cabinets. Even a simple makeover, can feel like a new kitchen

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