Olive this kitchen!

Olive this kitchen!

This old kitchen is so familiar to me.  It is basically the same kitchen in every home of every friend I ever had growing up. I can fondly recall hanging out in my one-strapped overalls (I was really, really cool) with my friends, chatting with their moms, ducking under those low-lying cabinets to eat lunch and sneak popsicles.

Well, I’m no longer wearing those overalls and neither should your kitchen. You know what I mean.   Taunnie wanted to overhaul this kitchen from the day one, so she went at it with green and cream paint as soon as she could.  That is not true.  First she painted the whole thing cream.  Then she didn’t like it.  So she painted the bottom cabinets olive.  Then she liked it ok.  Then she painted the frames around the cabinet doors olive and fell in love!  See the whole story on her blog  Mingled Elements.

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  1. March 6, 2013 / 9:53 PM

    Much better. Feels like spring!

  2. March 6, 2013 / 9:53 PM

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  3. Anonymous
    March 6, 2013 / 10:09 PM

    Love your site…it gives me lots of ideas. One of which is to re-do some of our dressers. I want them an ivory white with natural (stained) tops. What would be the best paint to use? I want a satin finish that is durable and I’d prefer not to use an oil based paint.


  4. March 6, 2013 / 10:29 PM

    Absolutely beautiful – what a difference!

  5. March 6, 2013 / 11:18 PM

    So much better!

  6. Anonymous
    March 7, 2013 / 6:24 AM

    To Anonymous (asked about the best paint for refinishing dresser):

    A lot of refinisher’s like to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint to re-do furniture. It’s super expensive, though.

    There are DIY chalk paint alternatives that you can find super simple recipes for all over the internet. Chalk paint is great because you won’t have to sand your dresser or prime it in order for the paint to stick.

    As for durability, no paint will be durable on a surface that is touched a lot. I use regular Behr paint for just about everything I paint (sometimes I make chalk paint with it) and then just seal it with a top coat. Finishing wax is great for furniture that isn’t going to have glasses and liquids/food being spilled on it.

    Hope this helps and good luck. Take before and after pictures and send them to Lindsey when you are done!

  7. March 7, 2013 / 11:24 AM

    For making a house beautiful, it
    is always important to get the bedroom’s furniture right..

  8. March 8, 2013 / 4:17 AM

    Lindsey, thank you so much for featuring my kitchen! I have dreamed of this day for a couple of years now. Thanks again for helping me make my dreams a reality 🙂

  9. March 11, 2013 / 11:35 PM

    My sister’s kitchen looks so much like the ‘before’ I sent her the ‘after’ to inspire her. Looks great!! (and I don’t even like the colour olive green)

  10. March 12, 2013 / 6:49 PM

    I am in LOVE with this. I can’t put off painting my cabinets any longer, so it is on the 2013 to do list.

  11. March 12, 2013 / 6:49 PM

    I am in LOVE with this. I can’t put off painting my cabinets any longer, so it is on the 2013 to do list.

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