Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knotty Pine to White Kitchen

There's too much orange here!
My client was updating her 1970's kitchen 
by painting the cabinets white and adding a stylish backsplash.  
She asked me to help with choosing a color for her cabinets as well as her walls.
It's not enough simply to choose a color for my clients, 
I want them to understand why the color was selected,
so I keep large samples of various whites for my clients to compare.
We spend time studying the various undertones of each color,
until the right one is found.

It was apparent that some whites were too yellow, others a bit to greenish,

while others were too stark in her room. 

And that's the key phrase --'in her room."

The same white color that you love in your friends home, will look different in yours.
The color you choose will be effected by the natural light in your room,
and it will depend on the hard surfaces like flooring and countertops that will remain in the room.

 We settled on Sherwin Williams AESTHETIC WHITE #7035 

because it's a cool, off-white with subtle grey-green undertones.
It's a good choice for this room because of the green/black granite countertops
and the new glass and metal backsplash.

Benjamin Moore's REVERE PEWTER (HC #172) 
was the perfect choice for the kitchen walls.
Because the hallways and family room open into the kitchen, 
I recommended these areas be painted with Revere Pewter, too.

Often I'm just one small part of a larger project and I don't have the chance to see how things turn out.
That's what happened here.  
How I wish I could see the finished rooms because this transformation was huge!

The freshly painted cabinets would be fitted with new hardware, 
but the screws were too long and fit poorly.
They needed to be trimmed.

If you've had the same problem, read on, for how to fix it.

  1.  You will need:  pliers, a nut to fit the screw, a screwdriver and small crescent-wrench
2.  Attach the nut onto the screw to the depth of what needs to be taken off.

3.  Place the edge of the pliers against the nut and crunch off the excess.
4.  Wind off the nut.  Use the screwdriver for leverage 
and grasp the nut with the wrench.
5. Rotate it back and forth until the nut moves freely.  
(it will be difficult at first)
       This re-aligns the threads of the screw.
 6. And it's ready to be used!


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