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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kitchen Reveal: part 2 {tips from the journey}

     I can't thank you enough for all of your kind words following our kitchen reveal! We love this space and are so glad that others of you do too!



     Today I wanted to share a few things that we learned through this process that might be helpful to you too.

     First, have a plan. This might sound simple, but know what you are getting into, how much time it will take and what you can commit to the project. For us, doing this kitchen meant giving up most of our Saturday's. Because our time was so limited we knew it would take a while to complete.


     Give your self some motivation! We all like a little instant gratification. If possible complete a small portion of the project from start to finish so you can get a glimpse of your overall goal. For our kitchen we sanded, primed, painted and styled one open cabinet that you see right when you walk in before tackling the rest. Once we could "see" where we were headed it gave us the wind in our sails to see the project through.



     This kitchen update was done on a super tight budget. Along the way a few things threatened to derail us financially from completing it (a root canal, several crowns, unexpected surgery, a water tank and pump going out, etc). In order to achieve the look we wanted we had to get creative. One trick we discovered that saved us several hundred dollars was 'Rub n Buff'. This bit of magic in a tube transformed our hinges. You can see the difference here:



     This stuff is super easy. I tried three different methods {finger, q-tip, and brush}. The brush worked the best. Once you brush it on use a rag or paper towel to wipe off the excess. It was only $3.59 at Michaels. Its not the beautiful satin nickle hinges I wanted but the savings made it so worth it!

     Another glitch we ran into was the removal of the drawer pulls. We purchased the current hardware from Pottery barn a few years ago and I still love them and wanted to keep them. Because they had been there for a while a few of the pulls wouldn't come off {the screw heads chipped when we tried to unscrew them}. In order to paint around them without messing with painters tape {which gave me issues!} I covered the handles with tin foil! This was so quick and easy and gave us a clean edge.


     In the end, the journey was ever so worthwhile.





    
     Thanks for stopping by! I hope this encourages you to tackle some of your daunting projects. Anything is possible with a good plan in place!





I'm linking up here:
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/02/06/made-by-you-monday-85/
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2012/02/10-fabulous-before-and-afters-welcome.html
http://www.northerncottage.net/2012/02/northern-cottage-party-time-linky-some.html
http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/2012/02/tuesdays-treasures.html
http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2012/02/anything-goes-55.html
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/2012/02/show-me-what-ya-got-60.html
http://www.kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2012/02/trash-2-treasure-tuesday-18.html
 http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/2012/02/french-inspired-chair.html
 http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/02/08/hookin-up-with-hoh-86/
 http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2012/02/welcome-to-inspiration-friday-no-51.html
 http://www.frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/2012/02/feathered-nest-friday_09.html
 http://twenty-eight-0-five.blogspot.com/2012/02/potpourri-friday-23.html
 http://tatertotsandjello.com/2012/02/weekend-wrap-up-party-and-100-craft-pack-from-mindys-minute-market.html
 http://too-much-time.com/2012/02/get-schooled-saturday-9.html
 http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunday-show-off-linky-party.html
 http://delectablehome.blogspot.com/2012/02/show-tell-linkup-party-3.html?showComment=1329136594239
 http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com/2012/02/manic-monday-5.html
http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2012/02/overflowing-with-creativity-9.html

47 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, Jody! You just made my day!! I REALLY wanted to get new hinges for our cabinets, but in order to do so it would cost a lot of money and use a lot of time. Our current hinges only have two screws holding them to the backside of the door and replacing them would mean drilling all new holes! I'm SO excited that you showed what you used! THANKS!!!! :)

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    1. I'm so glad this idea helps! It couldn't be easier!

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  3. Oh Jody,
    You are inspiring. Jamie just put up all new hardware in our kitchen today. We went from the old brass pulls to oil brushed bronze. He had to drill new holes 1/4 over from the old that would be invisible once the new pulls were on, but it meant more time involved. What an improvement though! I am super happy. Now dreaming about new appliances and a new countertop someday! :o) First things first.

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  4. You kitchen is beautiful. I've been working on mine, one item at a time since I couldn't afford to do the whole thing at once. My last object is the cabinets. I'm planning to paint them this spring. I got estimates for refacing that floored me. I am having a problem finding places that only sell the doors. The boxes are fine, but I don't like the door style and want to change it. I've found places on the Internet, but I can't go and "see" the product.

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    1. A few ideas, as we are in the same place: You could probably find a local cabinet shop or carpenter to custom make them for you. This can be surprisingly affordable (or not ;-p). Rockler (a woodworking/woodworkers' store w multiple locations) has a custom door and drawer program. Haven't priced it yet, but reviews are very good. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=5986
      Finally, if you have any DIY ability, check Ana White's website for some beginner friendly ideas. http://ana-white.com/
      Hope there ideas are helpful!
      Sara

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  5. I must refinish my kitchen cabinets but so scared to start. It's such a big big project. You did an awesome awesome job!

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  6. The tin foil is such a good solution! I agree, painters tape is for the birds - takes forever to put on and then doesn't even give you a clean edge. Thanks for sharing, liz

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  7. Love it! We redid ours over the summer so I remember well what a task it is to remodel a kitchen. Beautifully done! Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and your newest follower!

    Jeanine

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  8. Very pretty. I recently painted our cabinets also and I can't believe how much cleaner and bigger our kitchen feels. I bet you are feeling the same way. You should be so proud it really looks beautiful.

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  9. I just love the way your kitchen turned out! My kitchen has several similar elements, so I'm getting new inspiration here! I've been planning to buy new hinges, but maybe I'll paint them instead. I'd love it if you'd share this at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

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    1. She didn't PAINT the henges, she used Rub and Buff. If you paint them it will clog up the working part of the henge. I for one am very glad she told us about Rub and Buff. Hope this clears things up.

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  10. Great tips - love that you painted your hinges! Already a GFC follower but now Linky follower too!
    Kelly

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  11. Jody - you both did an awesome job with your kitchen. What a beautiful transformation!! Thanks for the extra tips, too. I'll definitely keep them in mind! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  12. All your hard work really paid off because you now have a fresh, new kitchen!
    Mary Alice

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  13. Your kitchen update is lovely! Really like the rub n buff idea. Hardware can really add up!
    Saw your link on BNOTP and will be pinning a couple of your ideas!
    Thanks,
    Sara

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  14. Wow! This is so bright and cheery! Dropped by from the Made by You Monday link party.

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  15. Love the tips on the hardware. This is an awesome redo-- enjoy! Visiting from BNOTP. :)

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  16. Love the renovations~hard work does pay off! Good for you! Gorgeous kitchen~Angie

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  17. Great job! That's a ton of work!

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  18. Your kitchen redo is amazing! I love the white cabs ... you've created a light and airy space, for sure. And, great tips about the hinges and using foil to cover the drawer pulls. Thanks for sharing! *Becca*

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  19. It looks amazing! Paint....the cheap transformer. :)

    I LOVE your open cabinets! I've been really considering taking the doors off two of my cabinets, but I'm afraid it will make me crazy if it isn't always perfectly stacked. I figured I'd do it temporarily to see how I feel (if/when I finally get around to painting the insides of my cabinets to match the fronts. :)

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  20. Such a cute kitchen redo. You really did a wonderful job. It has a bright new feel with a few vintage touches. Quite lovely!

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  21. LOVE IT!!! So pretty, clean, fresh. And, the beadboard adds a vintage look. I know you're enjoying it. COME VISIT ME.

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  22. It is so soft, clean and pretty. Bless you for sticking to a plan and being frugal. Rubnbuff is very cool stuff.

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  23. nice kitchen!!!

    http://lacasitadmaria.blogspot.com/

    María from spain

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  24. I love your kitchen, it looks great! Rub n' Buff is a miracle worker, isn't it?! I just found you at the Weekend Wrap-Up and I'm so glad I did :-) I am your newest too! I'd love it if you stopped by Salvage Savvy, but I promise that's not why I became a follower :-)

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  25. turned out so beautifully - will just store away your enthusiasm for tackling the problem kitchen in my future ;)

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  26. Awesome!!! It looks so great! I love the white, it is so fresh!!!

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  27. Beautiful kitchen...you must really enjoy creating in there!

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  28. Your kitchen looks great! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

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  29. I love your kitchen! Everything looks so pretty and fresh!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia;)

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  30. Love the repeat of the chevron design in the 'fence' above your top cabinets and your dish towels. Beautiful kitchen. New follower from Feathered Nest Fri.
    Audrey

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  31. wow i love you kitchen, i love the fench above the oven it would be great if you could link this up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/

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  32. You have an amazing kitchen. Love the beadboard and the chevron fence!

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  33. Where is your flooring from? How is the paint on the cabinets holding up to daily life? Thank you for your great site!

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    1. Are floors are Pergo laminate. We had them installed a few years ago and I am still in love with them today. The cabinets are holding up really well. Using an oil based paint is stinky but very durable. We used this paint in our bathroom last year and have had NO issues with it. Thanks for visiting.

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  34. Your kitchen looks amazing! We can't decide if we want to go white or dark or neither, but now I'm more encouraged to go white. Great idea with the hinges. Hardware is so spendy!
    CAS

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  35. Beautiful! Never would have thought to use Rub & Buff for the hinges- I use it mainly to make etched glass stand out- great tip! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!
    -Melissa
    http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

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  36. I LOVE this!!! My party just started...I would LOVE to have you stop by and share your projects!!! XO Aimee

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  37. I just love a good kitchen redo and your's is no different. What a wonderful makeover. I have seen so many great ways to use RubnBuff but this is the first time I have seen it on hinges. Great job. I love the beadboard too.
    Traci

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  38. Your kitchen looks beautiful! What a great makeover!

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  39. Hi Jody! We're featuring your kitchen at Inspiration Friday this week! Post will go live this afternoon. :)

    Heather

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  40. This turned out AWESOME!!!! Thanks so much for sharing at my party!!! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!!! Just in case you haven't entered, my giveaway for 1000 full color business cards ends tonight at midnight!!! Glad to be following you!! I featured your kitchen today on my blog!!! XO, Aimee

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