Give me a can of paint and I am Dangerous….
My kitchen makeover is almost complete…is anything ever completely complete?
Here it the official before photo, taken on the day we moved in.
I love this kitchen!
I love it because it is really big and functions really well for us. I know lots of you are ripping out the kitchen desks (mine is located on the wall on the left), but I love a desk in the kitchen! The kitchen is the central place in a home, especially with kids. We have our computer in the kitchen. I think with kids that is a very good idea! One of the biggest reasons we bought this house was for the kitchen. I could see right past that outdated oak cabinetry because I knew that I could paint it and love it. Also, the counter tops and appliances were fairly new. Knowing I did not need to replace them right away really helped.
The first thing we did was have the popcorn ceilings scraped and the walls painted. That alone was a huge improvement! I lived with it like that for several months trying to decide how I would paint the cabinets. I LOVE white cabinets, but I did that in the last house. White cabinets are fabulous, but a pain to keep clean!
On a whim one day, I broke out the Paris Grey Chalk Paint….because I had about 20 million more pressing things to do…but oh well….
These cabinets are 21 years old, they did indeed need a super duper clean job. ALL kitchen cabinets, regardless of age, need to be THOROUGHLY cleaned an prepped….no matter what kind of paint you are using. I lightly sanded them with 150 grid sandpaper (to loosen the debris)…and used some child labor for this one. I then SCRUBBED the heck out of them with TSP cleaner and a Scotch Brite Pad, and then wiped them down with Denatured Alcohol.
I applied 2 coats of Paris Grey Chalk Paint, lightly distressed the edges, and then wiped on some clear wax.
Look, I even painted over ALL of the hinges! I did not want to invest the money and time in purchasing and installing new hinges for cabinets that I hope to replace in a few years.
I got all new brushed nickel hardware online from Cook Knobs and Pulls for $63 for the ENTIRE kitchen, and that included shipping!
I painted the inside of the shelves above the desk in Pure White Chalk Paint.
I removed the cabinet doors from this section, and painted the insides with Pure White Chalk Paint.
We also removed the wooden valance board that was over the sink. It was hiding a super ugly florescent light. We trimmed out the sides with the pieces we took off and had a pendant light ($89 from Home Depot) installed. While we were having the bathroom done, I sporadically decided to do a white subway tile backsplash…that made a huge difference as well!!
The cost of the materials for the backsplash was only $200, plus the labor to install. Very pleased with this decision!
I’m so, so, so in love with it! It feels so light and bright!
I also installed a $29 brushed nickel barn light from Home Depot to replace the oil rubbed bronze one.
I still need to do something about that ceiling fan. I will either replace it with a flush light or paint it white so it just blends into the ceiling.
If you want to read more about my fabulous kitchen table here is a post I did on that.
Basically in 6 weeks, and not a whole lot of money, I was able to completely give my kitchen a whole new look and feel!
And because many have asked, my counter tops are actually laminate, although they look like granite, and I really love them! I’m surprised at how much I love them. Many of my friends with granite have complained about the clean up of their counters. These wipe up great! And ironically….we have the same countertops in our RV….CRAZY! It was meant to be!
Now I can just kick back and enjoy the fabulous view from the kitchen window!
Here is a resource list for materials used and costs:
Paris Grey Chalk Paint® – Purchased 2 cans, used about 1 and 1/2 cans (I did not paint the inside of the cabinet doors so this saved a lot of paint and time) $83.16
Pure White Chalk Paint® – Purchased 1 can, used about 1/3, for the inside of the cabinets – $41.58
Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax – I used about 1/2 a can, but still need to finish putting on a second coat – $28.78
The kitchen back splash was tiled by Andy Beach of Champion Tile, based here in the Triad area of NC. Cost of tile $200 plus labor.
Walls are painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams
Lighting was purchased at Home Depot