17 June 2013

What Not to Wear: Kitchen Edition

I’d like to think that I’m a fan of “it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” but sometimes correcting ugly trumps functionality.  Christie can vouch for it – my kitchen, with its 1970’s appliances (it was built in 84’) and super dark cabinets, was a cave.  It was functional, but an eyesore. Saying that I hated it is the largest understatement of all time.  It needed to be updated, and a lot of TLC.  I think anyone would agree – when you spend a great deal of time in a particular room, you want it to be comfortable.

Cavewoman Kitchen

I always plan bigger projects when Nick is out of town – he can’t say “no” if he isn't there!  I decided that it would be the perfect time to paint the cabinets; basically our kitchen went to rehab.  Our house is a colonial-craftsman style, and I wanted to stay true to that while bringing it into the 21st century.

For starters I took all of the cabinet door fronts off and removed the hinges.  The hinges soaked for a good 24 hours before I even attempted to clean them (gross doesn't even come close).  Then the existing hardware came off – I wasn't planning on reusing it so I opted to donate them to our local ReStore.  A power drill comes in very handy, otherwise I would probably still be removing doors.  An important note: label your cabinet doors so that you know where they should be returned to.  This will make your life a LOT easier.

Cabinet Doors Removed

Just to clarify; no -- I don't have enough wine glasses.

Old Hardware

After sanding the doors where the previous hardware was I scrubbed them with murphy’s oil soap and set them out to dry.  The cabinet bases were scrubbed down too.  Make sure to clean anything that you plan on painting.  It’s such a waste of good paint and precious time to end up with a shoddy finish just because you didn’t feel like cleaning them.

My workspace is a little  all over the place

I used bonding primer to paint the cabinet bases and doors with – I chose not to sand all of the cabinet surfaces.  After cleaning them they were smooth.  Bonding primer allows you to paint over glossy surfaces without having to sand; it’s a lifesaver.

The bottom cabinets are “Eclipse” (Valspar) and the upper cabinets are “Asiago,” also by Valspar.  Both are semi-gloss finishes.  I opted for semi-gloss because it’s durable and can withstand OCD level cleaning. Two coats did the trick for everything.  It’s a matter of personal preference whether to hand brush the door fronts or to roll them.  I hand brushed the lower cabinets and rolled the top and didn’t see a difference in finish quality.

Updated Kitchen

New Hardware

After painting the cabinets our kitchen feels completely different – less cave and more open sky.  It never ceases to amaze me just how drastic of a change paint can make.  While the cabinets looked beautiful – our appliances looked sick, and very sad.  Nick and I have been scheming about new appliances for awhile, but it’s just not in the cards right now.  Since they’re in working order, I thought “why not paint them too?” We now have “stainless” appliances to complete the kitchen transformation.  I’ll do a step by step post on how to do that after I finish the sealing coat!

Painted Kitchen Appliances

As always, if you have any questions or want to share ideas with us, pretty please do!

Happy Monday!

Xoxo, Kate

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