My new favorite kitchen

Donna’s Kitchen, meet everyone. Everyone, meet Donna’s Kitchen.

This is my new favorite kitchen for a few reasons. First, Donna was really fun to work with. Second, this job was a seven minute commute. Perfect. Third, this kitchen is a really great example of how you do not have to completely gut your kitchen to make a dramatic change.

Don’t get me wrong - I love a long afternoon of HGTV as much as the next person. However, after a good binge I’m always left with the question of “Where does all that money come from?” Most of us cannot just gut a kitchen and pick all new everything in one fell swoop. Though, as Donna and I discussed this afternoon, who among us hasn’t dreamed of setting up a “Go Fund My New Appliances” account?

As I wander around Central Florida talking to people about their kitchens, bathrooms, front doors and furniture there seem to be three types of people. The first group is the group that waits until they can do everything they want in a room at once. The second group is the group that decides they can’t afford to do anything and don’t do anything. The third group is game for working in steps to get the change they want. Third group? This kitchen is for you!

The entire kitchen is circa 1980 - think set of Stranger Things. Everything works fine and it’s a great size. The cabinets are laminate and just tired looking. After scrubbing, sanding, priming, sanding, priming, sanding, painting, sanding, and painting - these cabinets have taken on a new life. And, yes, you really can paint laminate and have it last. The final touch was saving the old hardware. Elbow grease, Bar Keepers Friend and an old toothbrush!

I love the blue/gray Donna chose. The color is called Night Sky Gray from Sherwin Williams. I used Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Enamel Trim paint on the cabinets. This combined with the cream colored walls give the kitchen a cozy French Country feel.