For an inexpensive quick fix, Atlanta interior designer Steve McKenzie used two shades of gray paint to update an ugly blond 1980s cabinet. He worked with DIY blogger Dena Stormer on the project for Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit agency that does home makeovers for families living in poverty. "Dwell with Dignity likes to reuse or refurbish anything they can, showing the families that with a little bit of work, you can transform anything," she says. "I love that idea." She removed the doors, sanded it down, taped off the inside, primed it and sprayed the doors separately from the console.
Go with your changing tastes. When DIYer and stylist Jo Torrijos renovated her Craftsman bungalow kitchen in 2009, she installed cherry cabinets. She later grew tired of the look, but didn’t want to purchase new cabinets. By repainting them in a light gray (Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl), Torrijos was able to modify her kitchen to go with her updated style.
The home's exterior now an extended front porch and freshly painted brick exterior in crisp gray and the shutters in black. A gray stone chimney adds texture to the home. Wooden flower boxes on the windows add an extra touch. A small lamp post serves as a marker near the end of the walkway.
Nothing breathes new life into a worn, outdated kitchen better than freshly painted kitchen cabinets. Once you decide on the color, finish and type of paint you want, the sky really is the limit on the look you can achieve. This distinctive kitchen gets adventurous with its use of orange and matte gray cabinets that coordinate nicely with the brown tile backsplash, hardwood floors and a daring gold pendant lamp.
In the master bedroom, designers decided to paint the walls a color that would reflect the natural light let in through the windows, but also create warmth and a masculine feel, so they settled on a soft gray color that would anchor the space and create a soothing oasis for this loft apartment's owner.
Opaque white cabinets and drawers, glass door cabinets and open shelving are built into this spacious arts and crafts room providing ample storage and organization options. Two table panels are placed together to form a large work space in addition to the available countertop space. A gray accent wall adds a nice shade to the white design.
A lampshade chandelier lights up the deep indention of the gray tray ceiling with white decorative molding. Below the chandelier, wood stairs continue up with a wood handrail and purple, black and gray runner.
An oversized abstract painting can serve as an artistic headboard. It’s a trick that is particularly effective in a room like this one, which has a detailed feature wall with trim, says Kristen Yonson, co-founder of SwatchPop.