Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kitchen Update #3

Let's start at the very beginning.  When we first saw the kitchen at our little place, it looked like this.
 
Yeeeeeeah.  We pulled up that carpet and replaced the floors before we even moved in, and then we painted the countertops...
...and then the backsplash...
...which really only left one thing to do.  Paint those cabinets! I don't dislike wood tone cabinets, but I think we can all admit these were in need of some love.  I'm not going to do a 'how to paint cabinets' post, because really...does the internet need another one of those?  I think not.  Many many hours of painting later...here we are!
As you can see, we opened up the window by removing the gingerbread trim, which made a huge difference to me.  Probably because I spend a lot of time right there doing the dishes!
For reference, the owl painting you can see on the far left of this picture is "the wall".

We still need to update the fluorescent lighting in there, and paint the ceiling, but man, what a difference it makes just to have it so much brighter.   We both really wanted to replace the hardware, but the bottom line is that this is a temporary update.  Eventually these cabinets need to be replaced altogether, so there is really no point spending the money on new hardware right now. 
It funny how quickly I have already forgotten how this kitchen used to look.  As I am writing this post I keep finding myself a bit surprised by how PINK it used to be, carpet and all!

Phew!

16 comments:

  1. HOLY COW! Completely different, in a good way :]

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    1. Thanks!! I am sure you can remember just how pink it was on move-in day!

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  2. Wow!!! I love seeing your transformations :) What a huge difference! ... and I LOVE your chalkpaint

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  3. Wow!!! I love seeing your transformations :) What a huge difference! ... and I LOVE your chalkpaint

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  4. I am so in love with that door color.
    The kitchen is looking amazing though!
    Such a dramatic difference from move in day & I can't wait to see how you guys overhaul it one day! Did jack approve of the cabinet color? ;)

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    1. Haha he did! Thank goodness, right?

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  5. Oh, what a kitchen! I seriously LOVE the hardware, it looks like you painted it black, and it really is stunning!!!

    I purchased some of that counter-top paint as I am going to paint a coffee table that has a laminate top. Do you think that paint would work for the wood legs too? my daughter wants it all one color and I know the directions say to roll on with a roller and I thought I might have to use a brush for the legs.

    Love your kitchen Bekah! Love!

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    1. Thanks!

      Hmmm...I am really not sure how that would work. I definitely used a brush to get into corners and such, the problem would be more to do with the paint itself. It is a super thick paint, so on the vertical surfaces I noticed that if I put it on too thick it sagged as it dried and left some drippy looking spots. I sanded them down and re-did that and it was fine, so maybe if you did VERY thin coats on the legs and let them dry thoroughly? I really dont know!

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  6. Oh my goodness! It looks amazing! I can't even believe that's the same kitchen! WOW!

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  7. Look absolutely amazing! What a transformation!

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  8. Seriously, this is awesome. It is amazing what a few coats of paint can do! I love the way the white cabinets and black back splash make the blue door pop! :)

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  9. Wow! Great job. What a huge difference.

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  10. I was thinking about your blog the other day... I love reading it b/c it's projects that I want to get done!! Were your cabinets wood or the laminate stuff? I have the laminate stuff at the lake and I'm trying to get the courage to at least TRY and paint them!

    What happened with your house that you guys found mold in? Did everything get settled with that or are you guys still tangled in legal stuff?

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    1. Hey! These cabinets with wood with a thick coat of varnish. I used my electric sander to get that off. I am sure there are ways to paint laminate, pinterest to the rescue!

      Oh the mold house. MAN. What a crapshoot that has been. Looooong story short - we are still tangled up in it. (Silver lining - it doesnt benefit us, but the scumbag property group that we bought it from is being sued by the county)

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