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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Kitchen Project

     We've lived in our house for 11 years and I've always hated the builder grade cabinets that were installed. I don't mind the design of them, they are very simple, but I really dislike the oak. Sorry to all you oak fans out there. So, I have finally convinced my husband to dislike them enough that he is willing to paint them. This will be a very long project but we got started this last week! I am so excited, I'm practically giddy! We haven't figured out what our process is going to be yet, but we did complete one whole cabinet. I have one set that the doors were taken off of some time ago and it houses all of my day to day dishes (plus the Wii games in the basket). We wanted to complete this one first from start to finish so that we didn't have to live with our regular dishes out on the counter during this process. Here is the before, our kitchen in its current state:

      Not horrible but a little dark and a little dated. This past spring I took the doors off of one of our cabinets and love how it already makes the kitchen look a little bigger.

      This is the section that we started with. We painted it the same off white of our trim that is in the rest of the house. Its a Sherwin Williams paint. For the base coat we used a bonding primer. The type of paint used for the top coat is specifically for doors and trim. I know that they make paint especially for cabinets but I was so impressed by the durability of this type that we chose to stick with it. Here's how it turned out:

     On the back of the cupboard I used contact paper to provide some interest. The background color happens to be the same color as the oatmeal on my walls. This is a lot cheaper than purchasing wallpaper and a lot easier than a stencil. I did have to add a little glue to the corners because after the first week it started drooping. I love how it turned out and can't wait to tackle the rest of the kitchen. Now, if only I can motivate my hubby!


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  1. Hey Jody! Well at least you have wood! My cabinet doors are plastic! HA HA HA! And that's not the worst, they were a very dark color. I painted the plastic doors w/ white trim paint & put nicer handles on them. The doors have an indented trim on them that I painted a soft sunny yellow color, the same as the rest of the kitchen. The kitchen beams with sunshine now, even on a cloudy day, I love it! I noticed your doors look like you could also add a soft complimentary color on the inside of the trim,If you wanted! You kitchen will be beautiful when you are done! I love oak too, but I love a bright kitchen better! Good Luck =)
    PS. don't forget to paint the back of the cabinet doors! Mine are still a dark ugly plastic when I open them Ha, Ha, Ha!

  2. Jody, your kitchen is just beautiful! I am in the middle of a complete kitchen makeover much like yours and I know how much work they are! All of your details are just lovely, and you did a fabulous job! So glad you found us over At The Picket Fence!


  3. Your kitchen is darling~ I love how the open cupboard came out! :)

  4. Love this! That's a amazing transformation. I have some open cabinets in my kitchen too and love the look! I don't think I'll ever tire of it. You did a very good job on your kitchen. You should be proud.

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  6. ohhh how lovely...just classic and fresh and clean - perfect!

  7. Very pretty! I just did the same thing in our kitchen (taking off the doors and painting it white!) It really does make the room seem bigger and brighter.

    Good luck on the Not Just a Housewife DIY Contest!

    Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

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