My apologies for reposting, a few posts did not make it over from the word press transfer.
There was nothing wrong with our kitchen when we first purchased our home 8 years ago. The layout was very functional, the cabinets were sturdy, the tile and appliances did their job but it was so not me. Builder grade oak cabinets, white 4×4 tiles with white grout you couldn’t get clean.
I spend the most amount of time in our kitchen, I wanted it to be a place that made me happy.
Fortunately for me I have a super handy husband that gets just as excited over a can of paint as I do. I was a little worried though, kitchens can become so dated, whatever we did I needed it to be as close to timeless as possible and done cheap. Sounds impossible but it wasn’t. One day we would achieve the look that we wanted it just wasn’t going to happen
overnight, how about 5 years to be exact.
So here is my before picture right before we moved in. Over the years I kept a binder with pictures of my dream kitchens and drooled over model homes with eat in islands and gourmet stove tops. Remember the kitchen from the movie Something’s Gotta Give, talk about making my heart pitter-patter. It is renowned for its elegant simplicity.
I love white kitchens, and consider them to be a classic. I also love the look of cottage kitchens; I needed to come to a happy medium. Overall, in the end we achieved a pretty traditional kitchen with a twinge of French and cottage.
We began replacing our white appliances with stainless steel appliances. Did I mention not one of our appliances was purchased new. They were all found on Craigslist by my fabulous hubby saving us thousands of dollars!
Year 4 we replaced the floor with natural stone. When Home Expo went out of business I scored the chandi and pendant lights for 75% off. I had been hovering over them for 2 years but wouldn’t spend the money on them.
Year 5 we had the most exciting part of our kitchen renovation take place, the painting of the kitchen cabinets!!!
So here it is step by step.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about how my hubby transformed our cabinets from builder grade to custom made.
Remove all of your doors
Prep the room covering everything you don’t want painted
Remove hardware and your hinges.
If your cabinets have gaps or dings fill them with wood filler.
Empty all your cabinets
Degrease all the doors, draws and frames. Tsp is a great degreaser as is vinegar and hot water.
Sand everything I used an electric sander with medium grit (80 or 100).
Prime with oil based primer; Foam rollers will give you the look as though your cabinets have been sprayed.
Caulk away. Caulk can be your best friend; hiding all imperfections and watching them magically disappear once the paint is applied.
Here is the exciting part, Paint your desired color using a foam roller or having them sprayed!!!
NOTE: Latex paint will adhere perfectly to oil based primer. Latex primer over oil paint will not work at all.
Let it dry, buff out any drips and give it another coat.
Reinstall cabinet doors and drawers, replace the hinges, hardware.
Kitchen cabinets: Sherwin Williams Summer White
Glaze: Ralph Lauren faux technique glaze in smoke
Kitchen island: Glidden, onyx black
Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!