Makeover of a vintage, hospital green kitchen that was completely transformed into a sunshine filled, happy, cooking area. Spicy Yellow kitchen – part two! Transforming a room only with color. (Read the challenges, why we did not gut everything in the first place (plus many more details & photos of the makeover), in Part 1 of the spicy yellow kitchen.)
After the owner of this kitchen (hi mom!) agreed reluctantly (very reluctantly) on the most minimal change, the old green kitchen was about to be get a new life.
With a lot of elbow grease (and decluttering), the tired vintage kitchen,
looked happier and much younger.
Besides prepping all areas with primer, two different tones of yellow were used – both in high gloss for easy washing – the stronger went on the cabinet doors and we used a softer shade for the walls. The cabinet boxes, faces and the doors, were painted an old time classic white gloss. Finally, the gypsum trims and the upper part of the walls, received two fresh coats of flat white.
Even after I had painted the yellow parts of the walls, mom came in and said “all this white is blinding me!” Which tells a lot about how dark the kitchen felt before and how bright it had become with just a bit of paint. Truth be told, yellow seems to intensify the contrast and everything that is white
All the excuses
Door hinges: Swollen from the years, some cabinet doors refused to come apart from the cabinets for me to paint them. The hinges were an old – and obsolete – style, that actually goes inside the wood like flat dowels (a part in the frame, the other part in the door), then they are screwed/nailed in place and painted.
Orange pulls: Most of the pulls did the same thing and refused to co-operate. Being double pin ones, I couldn’t just twist them around to enlarge the holes and get them out. In addition, they could not be re-adjusted to be straight (exactly because they had 2 screw pins).
They were easy to clean though. Some warm water and scraping off the paint was piece of cake:
How many of you noticed how lopsided some pulls are? Raise hands. How many would be super irked if that was in your kitchen? Let me raise my hand first! On the other hand, any paint that fell on them was a breeze to clean and I have to admit they do add a happy punch of color.
Brushes: And so, I had to paint around all the obstacles. Without a roller (because even the smallest roller couldn’t fit under the pulls). Also, without my trusty crafts brush that created this smooth finish. I didn’t have a paint sprayer. The end result, with the pretty pitiful brushes I bought, was all streaks. My manual – I had no power sanders there – sanding didn’t work. Perhaps I didn’t sand viciously enough. (Naturally, after I had given up, and after I had painter 356 coats on the doors, I found not one but three friends that had sanders to loan me. Figures.)
As for my trusty primer that had worked so magnificently on 3 different surfaces? It did not manage to hide the old green paint. And neither did another primer I used, or the white pre-coat, or the 5 coats of the yellow paint that followed (creating more paint brush streaks as I went). If you go near the cabinet doors, you can still see a strange transparency (hiding the ghost of the old green behind it). I didn’t get the fully saturated yellow I wanted.
The walls though, turned just fine (and so did the cart):
Super pinnable image (complete with painter’s tape):
Next time I travel over, I will buy oil based paint, will grab a mechanical sander from a friend and will try again.
Just for the heck of it!
For now, mom seems satisfied with her sunshine filled kitchen and she says it makes her smile.
And that “it’s too bright”.
All is good. 🙂
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