Guys, I did a thing!
I finally painted the wet bar cabinets in the basement!
And they aren’t blue!
Remember, I talked about this project waaaay back in the fall in this post here. Ok, and really I have been talking about painting them since we moved in three years ago. They were just never the right tone of blue. My big plan was to hunt down the exact right shade of blue. I had approximately one million blueish/blackish/grayish paint chips floating around my house, but I never fell in love with one.
Here’s the before again –
Last week, I got a bee in my bonnet and decided it was time to change this space. I went to the paint store with my army of blue paint chips and chose…this putty color – Langdon Dove by California Paints. I know! I surprised myself too! Putty/mushroom colored cabinets have started to pop up here and there on instagram and pinterest. They feel both fresh and modern, yet classic at the same time. I love the warmth they add, plus the contrast with the black counters is so nice. California Paints is a brand my local paint store carries, but they color matched it for me in Benjamin Moore Advance. I’ll include a shot of the top of the paint can at the bottom of the post.
That’s part of the reason the blue cabinets weren’t working down here, our couch is a warmer cream, the new rug is full of warm tones, and the leather chairs – all warm! Time to make the cabinets part of the warm and cozy vibe.
I love it! I’m so happy with the change, this space finally feels like home and we have been spending so much time down here. The warmer paint works so well with the tile and counters, and the black hardware really stands out now.
I added some warm wood, copper, and black accents to finish the space. I have always wanted to hang a piece of art in this blank space above the sink, and I finally found the perfect print from BFF Print Shop.
I’m still on the hunt for a few throw pillows to finish off this space, and then I’ll share the whole room together. I’ve had several requests to share my cabinet painting tips (and I have saved some info on my instagram highlights under painting tips), so I’ll share a few.
Cabinet Painting Tips –
- Go to your local paint store and talk to the experts! I’ve even brought a drawer front in to show them what I would be painting to make sure I have the right supplies.
- Clean your surface really, really well. I use Challenger it’s a heavy duty cleaner. I dilute it and wear rubber gloves to give everything a really good cleaning. Having a clean surface is really important for the the paint to bond.
- These cabinets were already painted and smooth, so they didn’t need to be sanded. Depending on your cabinets you may want to use a de-glosser or for wood cabinets fill in some of the grain and sand for a smoother finish. For wood cabinets you will want to prime first as well. Again ask the experts!
- I either spray cabinets with a paint sprayer or use a small roller and brush. Spraying is always going to give you the smoothest finish, but I didn’t feel like messing with setting that all up with this small of a space. Also, it’s way too cold to spray out in the garage right now, so I did the roll and brush method. I take a brush to the details or edges and then roll the rest to smooth it out.
- Use quality paint! Do not skimp and get cheap paint when you are doing your cabinets. I used Bejamain Moore Advance for these cabinets. It’s what my painter originally used on them, so I know its good. It is kind of a hybrid paint that is water based, but acts more like an oil based paint so it dries really smooth. You need to be sure to wait at least 16 hours between coats (I waited overnight) because it has a slower drying time which helps it level out and get really smooth.
- Let everything cure. We didn’t use these cabinets for several days to really let them harden up.
- If you make a mistake, don’t freak out – sand it down and put a fresh coat on. I had several drips I didn’t see until I hung the cabinets back up. I just took a sanding block to them and touched it up with a fresh coat of paint.
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Wall color – Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
Cabinet Color – Langdon Dove by California Paints
Tile – Lowes
Counters – this is a laminate that is supposed to look like soapstone, I don’t love it in person and I’m hoping to swap it out soon. I don’t have the exact brand info on it.
Vase – find it here
Wood tray – find it here
Soap dispenser – find it here
Basket – HomeGoods
Copper mugs – find it here
Black bowl – find it here
Glasses – find it here
Hardware – I bought this at a local store and I don’t have any brand info on it – sorry!
Frame – find it here
Art – BFF Print Shop
Tea towel – find it here
Here is a photo of the paint formula.