Light­hearted kitchens

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - MY HOME - Deb­bie Travis - Writ­ten by Deb­bie Travis and Bar­bara Din­gle. Please email dec­o­rat­ing ques­tions to house­[email protected]­bi­etravis.

Dear Deb­bie;

Our kitchen is des­per­ate for a reno, but our bud­get is lim­ited. Lots of ac­tion with a young fam­ily. We re­placed the fridge and stove with white ones. I want a bright happy space. Where would you start? - Eva Dear Eva;

As is my mantra, paint is the most eco­nom­i­cal ren­o­va­tion tool there is. You can take your kitchen any­where with colour and done care­fully it will have a pro­fes­sional look that you will be proud of. Kids and colour are a nat­u­ral fit, so take ad­van­tage of these years with your young fam­ily and have some fun. The big­gest job will be re­fresh­ing the cab­i­netry. Why not add colour to the lower cab­i­nets and keep the up­pers white, or a very pale yel­low? Re­move the doors and draw­ers and the hard­ware so that you have un­ob­structed sur­faces. I chose a milky shade of tan­ger­ine to liven a bud­get kitchen do-over and the re­sults were cheer­ful and charm­ing. Pre­pare your sur­face and ap­ply a high ad­he­sive primer, then two coats of acrylic paint. Choose paint with some sheen as they’ll be more durable and eas­ier to clean. Re­place dated or worn hard­ware with new han­dles and you will be amazed at the in­stant trans­for­ma­tion.

Else­where in the kitchen, the back­splash is a good place to change it up. Tiles are avail­able in many colours and pat­terns, and you can cre­ate a de­sign that in­cor­po­rates a few high end tiles with stan­dard ones. Plain white would be fine with an orange grout to con­nect with the cab­i­nets.

Kitchen stools and chairs can be painted and will brighten up any space. There are spe­cialty paints that are de­signed to cover plas­tic, me­lamine, and other shiny sur­faces. And you can add seat cush­ions in funky de­signs to fit your new mood. Dear Deb­bie;

We re­cently painted our kitchen walls a warm white. Un­usual to com­mence improvements with wall colour but I seem to be work­ing back­wards. I am now think­ing of paint­ing the cab­i­nets in a dark colour. Have you any sug­ges­tions? - Jo­ce­lyn Dear Jo­ce­lyn;

The pho­tos you at­tached with your email show that the cab­i­nets are now a caramel shade with the groove around the in­set pan­els high­lighted in a light beige. Your ap­pli­ances are steel. The cab­i­net colour you are think­ing of mov­ing to is a dark gray. This will make a dra­matic change, but an ex­cit­ing one if you are look­ing to up­date. Paint the cab­i­netry all one colour, don’t high­light the pan­els. This will af­ford a very clean, con­tem­po­rary line. Then add a few colour pops to en­er­gize what will es­sen­tially be a black and white space. Orange, red or turquoise mix­ing bowls or a brightly hued mixer, mul­ti­coloured mea­sur­ing cups, or art on the wall is all you need. Tip: If you are paint­ing the cab­i­nets your­self, re­move the doors and draw­ers first so that your work will have a pro­fes­sional fin­ish.

A youth­ful com­bi­na­tion of seat­ing colours adds zing to this up­dated kitchen.

Some care­ful prep work and colour give old cab­i­nets a fresh new face.

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