So…As you can see, I have been MIA for about 3 months!
Don’t worry, I was not abducted, I just had some things that have kept me super busy. Of course baseball season was a huge one (GO TIGERS), but I have also been working on some PROJECTS!!!! Oh, and there was this slight addiction to Netflix for about 2 months!!!! But, I am back, with before and after pictures of one of the projects I completed!
This project took a little longer than I anticipated. Between working full-time, being a full-time college student and that whole Netflix thing, this took me about 2 months, and then another month to post about it. Let’s start with the before pictures…
It’s not horrible. It was homey and cute. The kitchen was actually freshly remodeled when we moved in 5 years ago. I just REALLY wanted lighter colored cabinets and a fresh look. Plus the finish was coming off the cabinets.
Though I had every intention of taking pictures of my progress, it didn’t happen so I will just have to explain what I did.
I am not really one to do a lot of prepping so I just put everything that was on my counter tops away and jumped right in.
Step 1: Sand all cabinets first thing.
I got one picture…
The first thing I did was sand the cabinets. This was the worst part. It made a huge mess and made my arm really tired. I made the mistake of sanding a little while, then painting, then sanding some more. I recommend getting all the sanding done at once so that you only have to clean it up once. I actually got so tired of sanding that I ended up using stripper…BAD IDEA! It made a bigger mess and took longer than the sanding. So my advice would be to sand the cabinets. This is the worst part – get it over with first!
Step 2: Prime and Paint
Since we had to live like this for a while, (and I didn’t want to have to label my cabinets), I only took a few doors off at a time and then put them back before removing more.
I used KILZ Premium High-Hide Stain Blocking Interior/Exterior Latex Primer/Sealer, White, 1-gallon as a primer. I painted 2 coats of KILZ, then 2 coats of Paint. I just used Glidden paint in antique white with eggshell finish. If I did it over again I would use semi-gloss just because it would be easier to clean, but I love the look of the eggshell finish.
Since I was doing this when I got off work in the evenings, I did this step in sections…I took down the first cabinet doors, primed the front, then primed the cabinet frames, then flipped the doors and primed the back and repeated. For extra smoothness, lightly sand between coats! Each coat dried very quickly. Once the final coat of paint was dry on everything except the front of the cabinet doors, I would hang them back up to paint the front.
Doing it this way kept my kitchen livable.
Step 3: Add Hardware
This was my favorite part. First of all, I got all of my hardware from Amazon for less than $75
Step 4: Lights
I have the most amazing husband in the world who just so happens to be an electrician. He helped me hang these gorgeous chandeliers that I got on sale from Pottery Barn.
We had to add the wood to cover the hole where the recessed lighting was.
Step 5: Decorate
Ok, I lied…this was actually my favorite part.
I took the old wooden blinds that had been on my window and made a Roman Shade out of it.
There are lots of tutorials on Pinterest on how to do this.
I got the fabric from Amazon.
I got an area rug from Amazon for less than $50.
I fell in love with this rolling pin from Kirkland’s and this crock from Amazon 1-Gallon Stoneware Pickling Crock
And here is the finished product…
I also painted my garage door black (with a bottle of acrylic paint I had in my craft drawer!) and don’t you love my collection of hooks and knobs!
The total cost for my kitchen remodel…
2 Gallons of KILZ Premium – $39.96
2 Gallons of Paint (I used Glidden Antique White) – $39.52 (I have done a lot of painting and I personally think the cheap stuff works just as good.
Sandpaper – $10.00
Cabinet Hardware – $73.20
Bar Stools – $159.09
Pendant Lights – $158
Rug – $48.80
Crock – $29.64
Fabric for Roman Shade $8.98
Labor – Priceless!!! LOL
Total – $567.19
Now onto to the next project!!!!
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