Since a real kitchen update costs way more than I can afford at the moment, I decided small affordable, victories would have to do. Earlier, I'd added a couple of critical electrical circuits, an electric garbage disposal and a new ceiling light fixture.
A logical next? A fresh coat of paint to eliminate the horrid beige. Fall 2010, I started by buying lots of primer and ooops paint and removing all 40+ drawers pulls, but then I paused.
I really wanted to gut the space, or at least get the cabinets refaced. Then I stalled with indecision. This December (2011) my sister revitalized the painting option.
before shot - prepping surfaces
I discovered there were four layers of paint as I scrubbed and scraped to prep all the drawer surfaces. One hidden layer struck me as being quite odd for a kitchen color - black. It was under the beige and yellow layers. Ooooh, if only paint could talk...
My energizer bunny sister painted the drawers with primer and then created a beautiful and very fitting color from my collection of 'ooops paint'. I call it Fresh Butter.