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Kitchen Goes from Drab to Whimsical with a Fresh Coat of Paint

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Los Angeles blogger uses Dunn-Edwards paint to infuse personality into her apartment’s kitchen.

A seemingly small change, like painting kitchen cabinets, can make a dramatic difference. When lifestyle blogger Cortney Moore and her husband moved into their apartment, they weren’t in love with the kitchen’s look, but Cortney knew they could find a way to make the space feel like their own.

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Cortney is part of blogging duo called A Whimsy Wonderland, where she and best friend Jenna Stocks share their colorful daily adventures in and around Los Angeles. A Whimsy Wonderland posts showcase the pair’s love of color, something Cortney’s kitchen was lacking. “It was dark and drab and just didn't feel like me,” Cortney explains.


The original colors were beige and gray, which Cortney says didn’t inspire her to spend time in the kitchen, a place where she normally likes to be creative. “I'd describe my personal style as bohemian and eclectic, with a touch of Mid-century Modern,” she says. “We brought that feeling and mood into the other rooms in our apartment, and even though we were intimidated by the kitchen, we wanted to reflect that style in there as well!”

Since she was working with the apartment’s open floor plan, the colors throughout the space had to coordinate. Cortney chose Dunn-Edwards Island Oasis (DE5730) in Everest semi-gloss because she says it complements the jewel tones, including a teal sofa from Joybird, in the couple’s living room.

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The bright, new color in the kitchen completely changed the way Moore feels in the space. “Now, I'm inspired every time I go in to try out a new recipe, and I enjoy actually spending a good amount of time in there again.”

Moore and her husband worked together on the remodel. She shares that it took them two days to complete the project, for which having the right tools was an important part of the process. “When painting something as tedious as cabinets, having a lot of different sizes of brushes is key. There are so many little nooks and crannies that you have to paint, and having a variety of tools really helped us.”

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Curious about other real life DIY Dunn-Edwards transformations? See how stylist and songwriter, Katie Mack creates permanent vacation vibes in her home with the help of color.

Creating a space that actually makes you want to spend time in it should be a must for every home. Dunn-Edwards Paints has endless choices of interior and exterior paints to best highlight your space. Now it’s easier than ever to realize your dream space by downloading our Dunn-Edwards InstaColor® app. Upload a photo from your personal library or choose one from ours, to give your space an instant paint job.

Photos courtesy of Cortney Moore