Home Stylin': Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

July 2, 2014

Sharon here! And happy birthday present to me! For a long time, my husband and I had discussed painting our kitchen cabinets. We have very different opinions when it comes to home decorating. I love everything BRIGHT WHITE. While he loves everything natural, the way it came. So it took a lot of convincing to get him on board to painting our cabinets, but when I mentioned it last December that it could be a birthday present (my birthday is in June), I think it gave him enough time and guilt to think it might be an okay idea. I was ecstatic. So for the past few months, I have been pinning different kitchen ideas and sending them his way to make sure he liked it too, and we finally came up with something we both like. Two-toned cabinets with the uppers being white and the bottom being dark blue. This way I get my white kitchen without Shane being blinded by complete brightness. These were our inspirations:
(Source: Apartment TherapyBHGUnknown)

Here is our kitchen in the before process. Shane of course loved the way they looked, and don't get me wrong, they were not bad at all. However, the kitchen tile is brown, our kitchen table is brown, and all our chairs are brown. TOO MUCH BROWN. And remember, I like things BRIGHT WHITE. Brightness is cheery. I like being cheery. This was never going to last. 

My first step was to purchase hardware. I thought this would make it easier on our budget if I purchase a few at a time so I didn't break the bank in one day. All the hardware was purchased from Home Depot. Again, Shane tells me it looks great! Now there's no need to paint! I say, don't think you're getting off that easy. It did look good though. I can't believe something as simple as cabinet hardware could make a kitchen feel so much classier! But we were just beginning..

I think it was pretty important that I gave myself six months to decide on what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. I knew it was a big project and I knew I would need some serious mental preparation. So of course the night before, I buy all my sanding supplies just to have my dad call to tell me, "Stop! Have you heard of liquid sander/deglosser??" I had, but didn't know too much about it, so when researching this project, I never even considered it. But my dad told me that it's so much faster, cheaper, and cleaner! I was sold immediately. So the next morning I bought the liquid deglosser and returned all my sanding supplies and got to work. He was right! It was so easy to work with and took me only a couple of hours. In fact, I finished so early that I was able to start priming the same day. Here's our kitchen mid-process. (What a mess!)

The next day, the real fun began and I started painting. I used foam brushes and foam rollers so the paint would look sprayed on. It took three coats to make it look solid enough. I thought it was a lot, but it was worth it in the end. It looked seamless. 
Halfway there!

The third day was my final color: blue. Here are the final results. I could not be any happier. Our kitchen looks so much more bright and cheery and surprisingly professionally done. Even Shane had to admit they looked good! I almost cried it made me so happy to hear him say that. As soon as the kitchen was cleaned up, I was so ready to start cooking and baking!
My kitchen now draws me in, and I could not be happier! It's like a brand new kitchen. Happy birthday to me!


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