The day has come my friends.
LET US REJOICE!
My kitchen cabinet transformation is complete.
Before I show you the after, let’s take a look at the before.
Waa waaaaa… Gross.
The most majorest hugest worstest problem is that this corner has 0 natural lighting.
It may as well be in a basement.
This is compounded by the fact that the cabinets are the same color as the floor after we got our hardwoods installed. Lame-o. I felt like the boring cabinets detracted from the beauty of the flooring.
Maybe if the cabinets had been a few shades darker I could have lived with them, but the boring on boring was just BOR-ING!
My solution to the problem?
Lights, Paint, WHITE.
Let’s see how I did.
First I painted the countertops using the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit in “Desert Sand”.
Ahh… already 100x lighter and brighter!
Then, because I damaged the wall a bit, I quickly installed a beadboard backsplash using Martha Stewart Paintable Beadboard Wallpaper. I had only intended for this to be a temporary backsplash but it has held up very well perfectly for the abuse it has been surrounded by.
At the same time we also installed a rope light, which refused to stay put.
It was later replaced with Hampton Bay Xenon Under-mount Light Pucks.
I did the same countertop and backsplash treatment to the island/bar.
(This is an awesome example of what I mean about the flooring matching the cabinets.)
Then it was time to paint the cabinets.
I used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit in “Pure White”.
Day 1 was spent mostly setting up a work table for the doors and painting them and the upper base.
I hadn’t touched the bottom section at all. After I spent an entire day working on this project in January, it got sidelined and remained this way for 3 months. Yup. Just like this. Half white, no doors. Perfect.
3 months later… We’re back on track. I finished the cabinet doors (all that would fit on my work table at one time) and rehung them. I also removed all the lower doors and primed the base cabinets and painted the back of the lower cabinet doors.
Day 3 I finished painting the cabinet doors, but they still needed time to dry.
Then I had this grand plan to build out the wimpy contractors island/bar (I don’t think I’ll ever know what to call it) with some chunky moulding (1×4) to give it a board & batten appearance.
I have board & batten treatments in the dining room and entryway, which are both visible from the kitchen. Cohesiveness people!
Day 4 I completed the corner section of the kitchen. Now both upper and lower cabinets are primed, painted, sealed. Finished! Almost. I still have to finish the island/bar. Ugh!
Day 5 I installed corbels, and primed the entire island/bar with 2 coats.
I could have finished it this day, but I was being lazy ;)
Day 6 I finished painting the bar, sealed it, and cleaned up :)
And there you have it!
Total Renovations Cost Breakdown:
Small Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kit - $80
Small Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit (x2) – $131/ea – $262
Lumber for bar moulding – $47
Corbels (x5) – $7/ea – $35
1 roll Paintable Beadboard Wallpaper – $22
Xenon Undermount Lighting System – $30
1 can Zinsser Oil Based Primer (on hand) – FREE
Total Cost of Kitchen Renovations = ~ $476
There you have it.
For less than $500 I transformed my “cave” kitchen into my dream kitchen.
This is the cave corner. Not so cave-y anymore!
So fresh and clean!
The barstools really pop from the white, but I still might paint them a satin brown instead of black.
Nice and bright :)
You can see here the end of the cabinets with the new moulding (1×4).
This corner used to creep me out. It would get so dark that at night I would have to put a nightlight under there because it would look like a black vortex.
Now it’s all bright and pretty and it makes me smile :)
Before & Afters
What do you think?
Do you like the changes to the bar?
How about my round rug?
I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
I’m diggin’ the white.
Like, I just sit in the living room and stare with this big cheesy grin.
I’m in love with my kitchen… what a hottie.
Now, because I have spent literally all day every day for the last 7 days working on painting the kitchen… my house is disgusting. Laundry is piled high. Groceries are non-existent.
Yes, I must check back into reality today.
I hope you all have a very merry Monday!
Check out where I’m partying this week! (Link Parties)
Kitchen Makeover Bucket List:
Add decorative moulding to ends of cabinets
Add decorative moulding to bar
Find a large round rug
Create Kitchen Art
Make a menu board
Tile Backsplash (to ceiling?)
New Kitchen Towels/Apron
Paint the Kitchen walls (?)
Install Undermount lighting
Install Abovemount (?) lighting
New Soap Dispenser (Organizer)
Freshen up the barstools (new color?)
Get rid of THE CLOUD (chandelier?)
Install recessed lighting
Add another pendant light over the sink
Redo shelving in pantry
Corbels under upper cabinets
Small pillows for barstools