My first preference would have been to relocate the uppers to the opposite wall, where there were no cabinets at all and put the fridge in the left corner to the left of the sink and change the range to a gas drop in on an island in the centre with seating on the side where the fridge and stove are now located. There was just enough room to do that renovation in this kitchen and I had planned it carefully, but it was too expensive. So, the next best was to give the kitchen a facelift. I had considered painting the oak cabinets green, but decided to go ahead and antique them instead. It is a long and paintstaking process to do that.
The doors had to be removed, cleaned, lightly sanded and undercoated with white first. They got two coats of white latex. Then they were stained with an oil stain. Now, oil stain over latex does odd things , and unless one is familiar with the process, it is best left alone. I have done that before on several occasions. One of my careers, my favourite one, was an interior designer, and although I did not do this type of faux painting for clients, I learned how to so I could give them advice or instruct the painters properly. So, the oil stain was applied and then in spots, a second coat was applied. Then there is a very long wait for the doors and cupboards to dry, especially right then, since our weather was wet and rainy, wouldn't you know it.
The walls were a beautiful red before, which complemented the oak that had quite an orange tinge to it. Now they are a light celery green, painted with Bioshield organic clay paint. The double sink is new as is the faucet and the rest is as it was, except for the two windows, which were replaced due to condensation warping the wood when the house flooded last February. The blinds are also new and are the type that have no cords and are simply pulled down or gently pushed up. I will be making some rustic burlap and fabric curtains too.
The kitchen features a hand wash station and three sinks, all required for a commercial license. Now, I can bake and cook and package goods for sale there, as well as run the bed and breakfast, now Moose Hills Inn, a full facility little establishment. I hope you like the kitchen results! Come and stay a while next time you are in town. Love to have you!