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Making Ikea cabinets look custom

I have always loved the look of crown moulding around kitchen cabinetry, especially when you’re using “Big Box Store” cabinets. I think it’s one of the key elements in making something out of a flat packed box look custom. (See Carol Reed’s blog for inspiration on ways to make Ikea kitchens look custom) Early in the design process we accounted for having crown moulding above the cabinets.

First thing – we went with the tallest Ikea cabinets possible. After accounting for the space between the counter and bottom of the cabinets (18″) we were left with enough for a 2″ crown moulding. Prior to installing the crown moulding, I painted it in Benjamin Moore’s Paper Mache. Because we’re working with a lot of whites, it was important to match the Ikea doors.

If you’re going to do the same – make a note of the fact that Benjamin Moore’s Paper Mache is a perfect match for Ikea’s Adel Doors. Ikea Adel doors are not white – they are a creamy tone. I fretted about this originally, but I’ll tell you now that the cabinets are gorgeous and I love the tone. I think if they were any whiter they would look too white. You can see in the photos above the crown moulding against the ceiling colour (bright white). The cabinets are definitely cream. By painting the crown moulding the same colour as the doors it makes the entire upper cabinetry look built in. Best decision.

Almost there! We really have only one thing left to do….. Ps., Thanks to Leigh-Ann for helping me figure out the paint colour for the doors! If you don’t have a friend that is a part of the Benjamin Moore Design Team then do what I also did and bring an Ikea door with you to your paint store and start pulling out paint swatches to try to match. (I did this to double check that we were going with the right tone)

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White Oil Paint Yellows.

For my family members that have heard me griping about this for the past few months, here is a picture to prove that I’m not going nuts.

spare room yellowing of trim

You know what they don’t tell you when you buy white oil paint? White Oil paint yellows. REALLY. Look at this picture above. The white in the forefront is a new coat of primer on the trim. In the background you will see that the trim is yellow. That, my dear readers, USED to be a high gloss beautiful white. And now, it is that wonderfully weird shade of yellow.

Ughhh. I’m avoiding white oil paint for the rest of my life. I was so irritated when I started noticing that our beautiful trim yellowed slightly. So sad!

Apparently oil paint (white) starts to yellow after about a year. And I think I’ve noticed it in my house because my walls are also white – so the difference between the two shades is sad. 🙁 I’m now boycotting white oil paint. Why spend the time doing a great job on trim to only have it turn yucky. I’m just sayin’…They should probably tell you this when you’re buying lots + lots of super white oil paint.

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Painting done!

Last night I spent three hours painting the basement (over again) in the whitest white possible. Thanks to my awesome Benjamin Moore store, they let me exchange the wrong colour, for a newer version. Oxford white would have looked awesome upstairs, but it wasn’t working down here. I pretty much matched the walls to the ceiling. It’s pretty white…but art and bookshelves are going to start bringing in awesome pops of colour.


Some areas need a 2nd coat of paint, which I’ll do over the weekend. I took the oppertunity, while the floor is concrete still, to do some painting projects – painting some shelves white, which will either go in the basement, or up in the 2nd bedroom (when I move my office out).