Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Our Inexpensive Kitchen Makeover

We bought our house in 2008 and I'm pretty sure the kitchen was in its original form with all the original appliances from 1997 when it was built. Needless to say, it has been on my list of house projects for quite some time!!!

Well.. for Christmas, my husband surprised me by saying he was going to renovate our kitchen! 
(Woo hoo!) 

So, let me start off by saying, the only "work" I did was cleaning and organizing the cabinets. All the hard work was left to my husband (who has painted with his dad for about 18+ years) with a little help from my father-in-law (who owns his own painting business) and my dad (who is a master at cutting crown molding)... But he was kind enough to walk me through the process so I could share it with you all!!! So here we go!

We went with a spray paint toner and lacquer (I was actually really surprised when my husband suggested it. I thought all spray paint was a "no no" if you wanted a nice finish).

(To get the color right, we took a piece of wood with the same finish as our cabinets and tested it. We ended up picking a couple of shades and layered them)

1. Wash all the cabinets and doors thoroughly with a wet rag and/or cleaner

2. If you did not previously have hardware and are going to add some, drill the holes now. It seems like an extra step to add it, just to take it off, but this will help reduce scratches and mess-ups to fresh stain! (We got our hardware at Ikea which was about half the price of what we wanted at Home Depot)

3. Remove all cabinet doors, hinges, hardware and drawers (Also, if the faces of the drawers can be removed easily, take those off as well. This way you can stain the faces without having to mask off the drawers themselves)

4. Mask off the insides of the cabinets (and inside drawers if you cannot take off the faces) and every wall, ceiling and/or floor within 5ft of the cabinets
(Use masking tape for small sections, paper for larger sections and plastic to wall off rooms or very large spaces)

The prepped kitchen and my awesome father-in-law
(who is going to star in DIY Networks' Bath Crashers!)

1. First time you spray, it is going to look splotchy and uneven because it is spray paint. Just try to coat as evenly as possible. You will need to do about 4-6 coats. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next
(The product we used dried very quickly... But to help speed up the process, after you do a coat on the trim of the cabinets, go spray the cabinet doors and drawers. Then do it all over again and again. By the last coat, you will be able to see the smoothness and finished look)

2. Allow everything to completely dry. Once dry, start applying the satin lacquer. This will take about 2-3 coats.
(Unlike the toner, it will take about 2 hours to completely dry in between coats)

3. Once everything is dry, put the hardware on and put your kitchen back together!!!

We wanted to add crown molding to give it more of a classy and finished look. We bought pre-cut crown molding that matched the wood of our cabinets to make sure the stain looked the same. These pieces were painted the same time as everything else, but added to the cabinets after everything else.

In the midst of doing everything else, we decided to get stainless steel appliances. I began searching online at all the stores and the different deals going on. We saved over 35% on everything! Heck yes.

We still want to do our counters out of concrete, but will have to wait on those...  (Will blog on that project of course... Stay tuned...)

So for the first time in over five years, I enjoy looking at my kitchen. I actually find myself just staring at it! It did take a few days to complete and cost about $400 for all the materials (stain, hardware, crown molding, etc.), but it was SO worth it. 

... and for dramatic effect, a side-by-side...