We JUST put the finishing touches on our cabinet painting project! When we moved into our house in Waco two years ago the one thing I knew I HAD to change was the cabinets. They were an awful cherry stain that clashed horribly with the backsplash and floor tile. Ready for the before pic?
See?! The bizarre combination of kitchen components made me wonder if the people who flipped the house just went to Lowe’s and said, “what’s on sale today?” and just threw the kitchen together not considering how the combination would fail. And the baseboards were never finished at all.
So of course I planned to fix up the kitchen IMMEDIATELY. Before we even moved in. But that didn’t happen. I finally got the project going this summer knowing that if we waited until after the baby arrived it would take another two years. Here’s an in progress photo so you can see the contrast!
These cabinets are not super high quality, but now that they’re painted a color I love that goes with the rest of the kitchen, I think I can be happy as a clam with them for several years. And the entire project cost me just a couple of cans of chalk paint and some polyurethane and was completed to the tune of about $125.
(The halfway done pic)
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Here’s what I learned:
–Cabinets are a BEAST to paint. Everyone told me and I kind of believed them, but whoa. Lots of man hours.
–Chalk paint is magic. I’m so glad we opted for chalk paint instead of sanding everything (oh my gosh, can you even imagine) and going with regular paint. I used Annie Sloan’s Chateau Grey.
–Greys are weird! I knew I wanted greyish/green cabinets to go with the backsplash tiles but it took me four tries to find the right color that didn’t look lavender or robin’s egg blue once I tried it on the cabinets in our kitchen’s light. Tricky! But I used the samples to paint this little dresser to put Baby Hildie’s things in so win-win.
–Having a kitchen at sixes and sevens is stressful. I mostly painted in small sections so that everything wasn’t pulled apart at once and the kitchen was still usable but by the end of the project things were OUT OF HAND and I dreaded figuring out how to do meal times with drying cabinet doors covering the dining room table!
We did a lot of meals outside in the heat or when it was just unbearable, as living room picnics like so.
I’m pretty sure this will be my last house project for a good long while, but I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
At this point, I’m just trying to get my house clean and organized before the baby arrives. The nesting instinct is HERE but I’m also anemic and exhausted so not much is happening. Luckily, today some goodies from Grove Collaborative arrived to get me motivated (why is cleaning so much easier when you have good smelling products you love?).
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Woohoo! Here’s to kitchen cabinet renos and good smelling freebies!