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The Joys of Fake Wood Cabinets…

Remember when I told you that we were working on a couple of projects?
We cleaned out our closets last week, and we painted the bathroom and kitchen cabinets in our rental.
Here are a few shots of the kitchen….
The walls were bright yellow, and we went with a very neutral benjamin moore color.
*manchester tan*
The cabinets were awful.
The fronts of them were oak, and the rest of them were FAKE WOOD.
I know that we’ll be in this house for at least two years, so we asked the owners if we could paint them.
Thankfully, they said we could!
We went with a creamy white because this room needed some light!!!
We used some bronze spray paint on all of the hardware, so it’s still dated, but it looks better.
Over all, I’m glad we did it…it’ll make these next two years that we’re in this house pass by sweeter.

Pine Tree Home - fresh and clean and very sweet.

Morning T - It looks great Tara, definitely bright and cheery.

Farmgirl Paints - your landlord was probably squealing with delight. looks awesome. is it wrong that i covet that orange owl with everything in me?? HA! - Your cabinets look amazing. Such inspiration, btw very cute owl!

Cheryl - Wow, they look terrific! The hardware actually looks very current, and VERY attractive! Great job!

Brooke - Your cabinets are lovely! I am in LOVE with all the neutrals!! xoxo Brooke

Elizabeth - The people you are renting from are so lucky to have you for tenants. The cabinets look terrific and so does the hardware. It is nice to see the owl again.

Blondie's Journal - Very nice…you did a great job! Can't wait to see some more of your projects this year! :-)


Michele - Actually it looks so much better than what I was picturing from your description, really not bad at all!! It looks cozy and makes me want some of that coffee!!

Jodi - Beautiful, isn't it amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do?! I painted our cabinets a cream color, very similar to yours; in fact they look almost identical! I also love your wall color, I am thinking of changing mine to more of a "tan" color.


Janie Fox - Your landlords got a sweet deal. I wish I had tenants who cleaned not to mention painted! Love the after. I covet the old box with the coffee in it. You know my address…Just sayin'.

Tiffini Kilgore - Just beeUTFull…makes your heart happier I can tell
those of us with grossness really get it!
we have mice in common after all;)
can't wait to see it all…makes me wish I had time to tackle mine. Love ya…
oh..and I always love seeing the orange owl

Tricia - Oh, they look so good! I bet your landlords were thrilled that you offered. I want to see the before ;)

Megan - LOVE it! Good for you guys! Painting cabinets is no small task, but so worth it! I think that is awesome the owners are letting you make it your own!

Barbara - They look so fresh great job and I love that box with your coffee supplies.

black tag diaries - i love this! we are in a rental and i've been dying to paint our oak kitchen cabinets… maybe this is just what i needed to get the courage to ask my landlord:) they look great!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - totally loving this! Amazing what a little paint can do!! Way to go chica!

Michelle Stone - i think a k-cup coffee maker would look so good on your counter, love mine :)

Cat - They look beautiful! Love the color. It looks sort-of like our cabinets! And, I actually love the hardware. That style is coming back…or at least I want it to. :)

Alene - Your fake wood is gorgeous! And I sure could use a cup of your coffee right about now. :)

Little Beluga - oh my gosh, they turned out so great! we had the same nasty cabinets. thank goodness for paint! :)

Lulu and Co. - Looks absolutely wonderful and fresh! Sweet for sure!!! What a wonderful way to start the new year!!!! Wishing you all the best

GLENDA CHILDERS - Strong work!


Beth - i love the cabinets Tara! They look great!

Erin - Girl, you are amazing! Painting cabinets is HARD WORK!! I'm in the middle of the same project at our beach cottage. So glad your landlord let you paint!! Saved you from having to go my white shelf paper route :)

We found a new rental house that we are going to move into in NC (first of Feb I think), can't wait to share it with you. Let's put our heads together and come up with great rental house decorating ideas!

special 'k' - Whoo Hoo! they turned out beautiful. I can only imagine the work involved. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope twenty twelve is everything you wish for and more. I will follow on my way out so I can revisit. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging throughout the year. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Rach@In His Hands - The cabinets are lovely and I'm swooning over that little orange owl!

Jessica Washburn - Good for you. I'm in a rental too and dying to do something like that. We'll be here at least until June of 2013, so…mabye I should do some painting. I would LOVE to see my cabinets painted, but I'm probably too lazy to tackle the cabinets. :) I'll have to think it over, yours look so good.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days - LOVE that little tray and that adorable orange owl! SO cute!!

Cassie - What a great feeling to freshen up your space! We want to do the same here! We live in a home with pine ceilings and pine kitchen cabinets. Ugh. Help!

Have a great weekend!

hometown girl - wow you have been a busy girl! they look great! you're a roll, i need some of that energy!! susan

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