Monday, October 19, 2009

The cheap kitchen makeover

Welcome all DIY'ERS
Have you been wanting to paint your kitchen cabinets? I'd been dying to do it for a few years. Yes, I'm a procrastinator, too!! I finally got up the nerve and just went for it! I lurve them!! Here's a little more info!
I've painted my kitchen cabinets....FINALLY! Do you know what it's like to walk into your kitchen everyday and loathe your kitchen cabinets. Feel like you've walked back into the eighties and wonder Why? Why? Why did someone think this was a good look?! I was being overrun by Oak. It was everywhere. Every cabinet in my house is the same cabinet. Oh, yes, you heard me right. Every. Single. Cabinet. Let's see...that would include all 3 bathrooms, the mud room and of course the kitchen.

Would you like the ugly tour?

Here you go...



Uh, forgot to take the picture until half the cabinet fronts were off. Don't judge :)

Dear Lord, please don't make me look at these cabinets another day.

Lovely shot of the drill case in the forefront. Tune in another day for photography tips.

I don't know why people are against child labor. I mean, hey it's cheap! And they are begging to do it!!

What technique!! Tune in another day for painting tips!

Here's the glazing technique. Brushed it on (door on right), waited for about 5 mins. and then wiped it off with a damp cloth (door on left). This spread it around in a really nice thin layer and then I could rub harder where I needed more white to show through.

Here's a close up of the texture I put into the paint. I added some dry joint compound mix that I've had hanging around and that made the paint really thick. I brushed it on very haphazardly and let it semi dry. Then went over it lightly with the bristles of my paintbrush. So essentially I was wrecking the paint. You know when you wanted a smooth finish, but then you try to paint over it again and it hasn't quite dried so it looks all bumpy.

I did this so the glaze would look old and worn. It really worked out well!!

The rest was just a matter of getting out the sander before glazing and going along the edges of the cabinets and the corners in a very random way.'s the reveal:

I'll just say that I'm thrilled with how it turned out!

I chose a distressed look for the obvious reason that it's kid friendly. When the cabinets get kiddie fingerprints on won't be so noticible. And because no matter how much I would've sanded and prepped those cabinets, that paint would've come off somewhere. You. Just. Know. It. Would.

Finally, I received the best compliment I could have. Finn came in after I'd rehung a few of the doors and said "Ewww...they look so old and dirty." Bingo!! My job here is done!


To see lots more transformations and ideas, head over to The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday and over to Kimba's Diy Day

24 Shout Out:

Staci said...

They look GREAT! You did a super job! There is nothing better than walking into a room that you have "redone"!! I love that look, but have been so afraid to try it myself! AWESOME job!

~~Mel~~ said...

Very cool! Glad you got the outcome you desired. Looks like it was quite the daunting task.

Macey said...

Those turned out great!!! I love em, it really makes me wanna do something to my cabinets. And you're SO right, they would've chipped somewhere, they just do that!

Brittany said...

I have white cabinets and I'm not in love with them but these looks great. I might just have to add a little more to them. Thanks for sharing.

onegirliegirl said...


Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

Wow, Lisa, those look amazing! I'm so impressed!!! You crack me up, though. Your original cabinets looked about a million times better than mine do. I'll be tuning in for upcoming photography AND painting tips. Woohoo! ;)

Jen @ said...

It looks so good Lisa!!!! I am very impressed. What a big project! Will you come over and do mine - lol. I really want to redo my island with a distressed look.



Brook said...

My sister-in-law had white cabinets and did the staining technique on her cabinets too. Both of you have great looking cupboards!

Terry said...

I didn't mind your cabinets before but the after is so much BETTER! And you had me laughing with the comment of the cabinets look old! Too funny!

cindy said...

Wooot! Looks fabulous! Thanks for the great tutorial on how you got that finish. Love the hardware too.

DeeAnna said...

Love them! That first swipe of the brush is the hardest. The look really nice.

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

oh my gosh, it looks SO amazing! way to put the kiddos to work ;)

Tamera said...

You did a great job! It's a bear having to do the whole kitchen, but they came out lovely and, you're right, you saved a ton by doing it yourself!


Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

The white cabinets make your kitchen look so much brighter! BTW, how much does your kid charge to paint? I have some kitchen cabinets myself...

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

What an incredible transformation!!!

BlueCastle said...

Your cabinets look so great! And yes, the distressed look is the best with kids around. :) My boys have certainly taught me that.

Room to Inspire said...

The kitchen looks great. You and your child labor did great!


Delightful Dwelling said...

It looks great! I love the distressing glaze, nice job.

Mandy said...

Great job! I love them :)

Jen said...

Ok I missed this when I was drowning in birthday cakes and Halloween prep - NICE JOB!!!! I'm glad you linked to it from the kitchen project or I never would have seen it! So much lighter and brighter - and you're right, no matter how much you prepped, it would eventually chip...:) Love it!

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