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Forum topic by wooleywoodsmith posted 04-03-2009 03:07 PM 908 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2009 03:07 PM

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as some of you might know I am in the process of moving. Having said that in our new place we have very very dark kitchen cabinets. They are the cheap kind in almost walnut color. The doors are raised panels. I would like to lighten them up some how with out having to paint them completely. I don’t have an issue painting them but I don’t want them to wash out. What I am looking for is a cheap cheap way of giving myself more light in the kitchen. Any ideas, thanks wooley

-- wooley

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 03:18 PM

Lime wash?

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 08:12 PM

adding can lights around prim. washing down face of cabs will add light if you have space above .

-- Al, South E. Az., But it's a dry heat.

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 10:41 PM

You might try flourscent lights with DAYLIGHT color lamps.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 04-04-2009 02:46 AM

This is a 1970’s solution. Paint only part of the doors a bright color. Start with the part between the stiles and the flat of the raised panel. If that’s not enough, paint the whole raised panel. Probably too funky for this century.
Another option is to replace the raised panel in some of the doors with glass, frosted hides contents and is bright. If you need more light, put puck lighting inside the cabinet.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#5 posted 04-04-2009 02:54 AM

thank you Gary I think that I will try that. Randy what exactly is a lime wash. After talking with me wifey I guess we are going to work on the bathroom first. We have a lovely red sink in there and she just can’t live with that. So I guess I get to build a new vanity for a new sink, good thing we are renting.

-- wooley

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#6 posted 04-04-2009 07:49 AM

Are you actually renting??? Does owner know you are planning on making these changes?
I have a house I rent out and I don’t even want the tenants to paint the walls with out getting my approval. It is just too much work to correct someone else’s badly done changes when they move.
If the owner agrees maybe he will chip in some money to help with the “improvements.” He can write the cost off on his income tax return….unless he is not reporting it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 04-04-2009 02:53 PM

yeah Les we are actually renting. The property is managed by a mgmt co that we actually work for. Me Wifey and I do all of their move in move out cleanings, (being a college town there are alot) and I am, along with one other fellow their on call after hours maintance person. so we actually can get away with it. However…. I am guessing that about 90% of everything that we do will come out of our pockets.

-- wooley

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