A Whiter Shade Of Pale

A Whiter Shade Of Pale

A Wright Design had the opportunity to write for Canadian Living…

All it took was a fresh coat of paint and some simple renovations to give a dark, dated kitchen a new lease on life.

Doreen Morrison Smith had lived with the gloomy kitchen in her cottage in Gravenhurst, Ontario, for years.

By Alice Wright – September 2000

One day, tired of bumping her head on the cupboards above the pass-through, she decided it was time for a kitchen makeover.

Marrying function, personal style and a modest budget, Doreen refaced some cupboards and painted others, replaced the counter top and floor and lightened up the whole are with a fresh coat of paint. Small changes – big, bright payoff.


Dark wood cabinetry and heavy cupboards hanging over the pass-through made this small kitchen feel cramped.Upper cabinets were refaced, several with glass fronts, to open up the small space.



The lower cabinets were painted with melamine paint, which is formulated with a durable urethane base. The laminate counter was replaced with limestone tile and edged with laminate.



An extended bar counter made of laminate, with edging that matches the cabinets, invites guests to sit and chat while the cooking is in progress.

The vinyl flooring was replaced with inexpensive, easy to clean 12-inch by 12-inch ceramic tiles.