Wow, what a difference a little paint can make! As mentioned earlier, my parents hired someone to paint the kitchen cabinets at their beach condo white. This past weekend, Brian and I went down to the beach to attach the hardware and address the backsplash. I was blown away with how much brighter and cleaner the once dark wood cabinets now look! It really looks like a completely new kitchen! Here is a little before and after (apologies for the phone pic).
Nice, right? It is hard to tell, but the backsplash (if you can call it that) was a grasscloth wallpaper in an ivory color. Here is a better photo of it a bit more close up. I had found this gorgeous tile backsplash that would have been PERFECT, but after measuring, I realized it would be about $300 in supplies. We are attempting to get the condo ready for prime rental season quickly and cheaply, so I tried to get creative on how to spruce up the walls without spending that much money.
The texture of the wallpaper was good, but the color was washed out looking and made the countertops and appliances look dingy. We recently refinished some Craigslist chairs in a pretty sea foam green color: Valspar Mellow Spring. To tie the chairs into the rest of the kitchen, we decided to paint the wallpaper the same color. It turned out pretty great! The painted wallpaper is subtle, but has a nice sheen and texture to complement the cabinets. It looks so fresh and bright in there now. Even with the older appliances and countertops, I think the overall look is still beachy.
I can't wait to get back down there and finish up the rest of the kitchen/living room. What do you think - do you like the look of painted cabinets? I know some people are very opposed; I would love to hear your thoughts!