My kitchen is a work in progress, but I finally have the biggest project complete! I started painting my kitchen cabinets back in September. I would work on them in my spare time. I don’t have enough space to take all of the cabinet doors down at once, so I divided them up into three sections. I felt that would be more feasible for me. After finishing one section, I would take a break for a couple of weeks. But the goal was to have them all finished by Thanksgiving, and I made it! I used the Rust-Oleum cabinet transformations kit to paint my cabinet. You can read more about this kit here. The kit comes in different sizes, depending on how many cabinets you have. My kit cost $75. The color I chose was called buttercup. You just choose a color, and the people at the store mix it for you just like when you are buying paint. There is enough in the kit to do two coats. We chose this kit because it advertised no stripping, no sanding, and no priming. I did not want to sand down all of those cabinets. I was a little leery about how durable the finish would be, but I am very happy with the results. I will give an update after some time passes, but trust me, this finish feels very strong and durable.
The kit comes with a deglosser,(which is what you use to skip the sanding and priming), a bond coat, which is the color), a decorative glaze which is optional, and a top coat. The process was not difficult, but it was tedious and time consuming. After I applied 2 coats of the bond coat, I realized I felt that it needed three coats. It said on the package that there was only enough in the kit for 2 coats, so I just took a can of the bond coat with me to Lowes and they mixed me up another quart of paint and color matched it. I used that quart as my third coat for all of the cabinets, just in case the color match was not perfect. As it turned out, I think I would have had just barely enough without having bought that extra quart. Oh well! I opted to glaze my cabinets, and I am so glad that I did! It made all of the difference! It brought out the natural wood grain in the cabinets, so you can tell they are solid wood. I am very happy with the results. I will warn you though that I literally did not have a drop of the decorative glaze left when I finished, and I did not glaze the inside of the cabinet doors. So be careful with the glaze because it is not plentiful. I only glazed the outsides of the doors, the base of the cabinets hanging on the wall, and the outsides of the drawers. I was really sweating it on that last batch of cabinets that I was going to run out. I thought the glaze should have been more plentiful in the kit. What if I would have opted to glaze the insides of the doors? I would have ran out. After the glaze dries, you apply the top coat, which gives it that shiny, durable feel. It is smooth as butter when it dries. I would caution you to let each step of these cabinets dry completely before you rehang them. I have a friend who used this kit and rehung them too soon, and it peeled off the paint in places where the doors and the base touch. I already knew that ahead of time, so I gave them a good 24 hours between each step to dry thoroughly.
My husband did help me with this project. He took down all of the cabinets, put the hardware for each cabinet in individual baggies, carried them down the stairs for me, deglossed the doors and drawers, and after they were finished, he installed new hardware and rehung them for me. I bought the hardware at Target. I didn’t even know Target sold hardware until I happened upon it one day. The prices are great! Way better than I have seen other places. And what I liked about them is that they came in packages 6. I chose a brushed nickel finish to match the appliances and top of the island. The original hardware on the cabinets was oak just like the cabinets. I hated them and some of them were missing. I really like these, they are simple and understated. You can find cabinet hardware at Target here. I bought mine in the store. I paid $19.99 for a pack of 6.
I also have started on painting the walls. You can see that the nook where the windows and door are is the part of the walls that I have finished so far. So enough typing words, and more of showing you the pictures! I am including some before pictures too so you will see the transformation. Some of these before pictures were taken when we were looking at the house before we closed on it, and some were taken after I first got it cleaned and the cabinets put away at 3:00 a.m. Remember, this was phase one of my kitchen progress. There is still much to be done! At the end of this post I will include a list.
Update 11/01/14: See our painted subway tile backsplash here.
To the left is another Longaberger basket. These canisters I bought at the Cracker Barrel store, and I loved them at the time, but I am sick of them now. The butter dish is Fiesta Ware. I am trying to start a collection.
Here is a list of what we have done already and what we need to do in this room, and what I am dreaming of doing, if budget permits eventually.
Paint kitchen cabinets
replace cabinet hardware
Add lighting over sink
Make and hang cafe curtains
Re-accessorize above cabinets
Change lamp shade- I stencilled it!
Paint back splash to mimic subway tile- 1/4 finished with this!
Repair or replace faucet
Purchase something to hold microwave
Purchase three rugs– Purchased 2!
Replace island (dreaming)
Paint current island
Refinish counters, or replace (I am dreaming of granite)
Possibly replace light fixture
Purchase new trash can
Replace all dishes with Fiesta Ware
Add molding to top of cabinets
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my kitchen so far! All of the hours of work on these cabinets were so totally worth it. But I don’t want to do it again for a very long time! I would love to read comments about my kitchen and any ideas you might have for me to improve it!