Tacoma Converted Garage // Moody Kitchen: Eeek! (ORC, Week 5)


Catch up on previous weekly updates about this moody kitchen renovation here: week 1week 2week 3, and week 4.

Eeeek! It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge and this is the point where panic sets in. Panic, excitement, relief, and everything else. Just. One. Week. Left!

Landscape (c/0), art print (free download) + vintage frame, sconce

Check out the video update below.

We’re actually on track to finish up this kitchen renovation with a couple of days to spare because we had an insanely productive week last week. The soffits got finished (with a shaker-style panel to match the cabinet doors), the island countertop was installed and sealed, we picked hardware, and the cabinets got repainted. I’ll be saving the final color selection for the reveal (I’ve got to keep something secret 😉 ), but if you follow us on Instagram than you already know it was a hard choice. I was back and forth to Lowes and a nearby hardware store multiple times, grabbing samples, trying them, and then grabbing some more. In the end, I’m confident we made the perfect moody color choice, but you can be the judge of that next week. Here are the colors we tried:

The existing cabinet color is Behr Boreal. I liked the color a lot more in the darker, moodier stormy light we had on the day I took these photos, but it still read a bit retro for what we wanted. The samples we tried (from left in the picture above) were SW rock bottom, SW retreat, and SW Jasper. And not pictured, we tried our g0-to black, BM Onyx. Can’t wait to share what we picked.

Garrett paneled the soffits to match the shaker-style cabinet doors. I love how ‘built-in’ they make this wall of cabinetry feel, or at least it will feel once it’s all painted in the cabinet color.

That’s all for this week. Check out all the featured and guest participants here.

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  1. Excited to see how this turns out; love the other spaces you’ve done!

  2. I am SOOO excited to see this! Love a tone on tone moody kitchen! I’m still in awe that your husband fabricated those counters himself – like, what?!! Also that art is so good!

  3. I like that you went with having a soffit!

    Is building the cabinet all the way up to the ceiling too expensive? Would they need to be custom cabinets at that point?

    • Hi Stevie! Pretty much yes. We’re almost always working with stock cabinets and at least where we get ours, 40″ is the tallest so that leaves a bit of extra space to deal with either above or below.

  4. I used SW Jasper in my dining room and I LOVE it! It changes colors so beautifully in different light, sometimes pulling out the blue, sometimes the green, sometimes looking black.

  5. absolutely on the soffits! what a great detail to make the kitchen looks so much more complete. Still can’t believe you guys did the countertop yourself … this is going to be a good one!

  6. Oh my goodness- that upper layer that comes flush that he trimmed out- kinda brilliant! I can’t wait to see how this makeover turns out!!!

  7. I have a couple question on the cabinets.
    1. What brand of cabinets did you use? They look to be new but wasn’t sure if they where reused since they where already paint in the lighter green.
    2. How hard was it to paint the cabinets ? and materials was the doors? Do you have any tips on painting cabinets evenly?

    I really like how your ORC turn out. The color palette/design board you created inspired me to use some elements in my kitchen with black slate floors.

  8. I really love the color your pick for the cabinets and have a couple questions about them.
    1. Since the cabinets you had before came in the light green (which I also like) where these salvaged cabinets ? What brand of cabinet are they? Also what is the material of the cabinets made out of?
    2. The dark color turned out great, how hard was it to paint the cabinets and do you have any tips when painting cabinets?

    Definitely love the color pallet and want to your it as an inspiration for our kitchen design.

    • Thanks, Liz! Cabinets are from GS in Seattle and originally white. They were previously painted the lighter green, but the prep wasn’t done correctly and the paint peeled. Check out Natasha Habermann’s recent posts for a how-to on painting cabinets!

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