Monday, January 23, 2012

Kitchen Renovation

Over Thanksgiving break Spencer and I took on a huge project that we will never regret! I've always loved the size of our kitchen, but the honey oak kitchen cabinets were never my favorite. We had revisited the thought of painting them often, but every time got discouraged by the amount of time the project would take.

While I was in Oregon, Lindsay (my SIL) introduced me to a product called "Cabinet Transformations" which is basically a do it yourself painting kit made by the ever popular company Rustoleum. I really wanted to paint them a creamy white color with an antique finish, but after looking over the color choices many times, we decided on a darker espresso finish since the rest of our house was pretty light in color (tan walls, white crown molding, tan carpets, etc). We realized that once we move all of our things out of the house in hopes to sell, the white cabinets would pretty much wash out the rest of the house and would make it look much less appealing.

We painted/glazed for 5 full days... basically from sun up to sun down. Talk about a loooong project! The only things that kept me going were:

1. Knowing that I've already started painting and I can't really go back to what it looked like before ha
2. Picturing what our kitchen might look like when it would be complete!

Before
Oh man... looking at this picture makes me even more glad that we decided to paint!

First, we took off all the doors and labeled them accordingly. We also put the hardware for each door in a coordinating numbered plastic cup so it would be easy to match the door to the hardware when the project was complete.


Colby spent some time watching Little Einstein's... a little more than I would have liked to be honest. :/ He was really such a good boy the entire week. He would just play with his toys and talk to us while we painted in the garage. Such a sweetheart.




We let the paint dry on these pieces of wood.



After

Ahhhh. So much better. Everything looks better in our kitchen now and I absolutely love it!

Still to complete

1. add crown molding to the top of the cabinets
2. add hardware to the cabinets and drawers

We were a little tired during the process... so tired that we fell asleep in strange places. :)


3 comments:

Rachel said...

it looks great!

Sarah Goodman said...

WOW, it is amazing to see the pictures back to back like that.

David and Jessica Olsen said...

holy cow that looks so awesome!