Well, I put in a good 7 days helping my parents makeover their kitchen and dining room last week.
I decided after all the big projects were finished that it was time to go home.
I drove home on Sunday with all my tools and an ugly upholstered rocker.
Yep, my parents are passing on the baby rocker from when I was little.
It’s totally beat up and has the ugliest fabric in the world (I can say that because they agree) I think one of the arms is even falling off. It’s been living in their garage for oh, a decade?
I’m not sure if it’s really been that long, but it’s been a looong time.
I’m going to strip it and get the frame in good shape and then pay someone to reupholster it and put it back together and it can join Happy Miss Hayley in our (hopefully soon) future nursery.
Because I left before everything was put back together I don’t have my own ‘finished’ photos but I do have some that Dad took after he got some little extras done.
This past week has been stressful, hard work, and good fun with my Dad.
What’s an ‘after’ post without some ‘before’ photos?
Here’s the 1979 cabinetry and counters ‘before’.
Dark mottled brown formica. Fortunately they were still in great shape and needed no major repairs.
Just add paint!
Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations to be precise!
The color is “Pure White”. It’s very ‘pure’ but it’s not stark, just a hint of warmth.
Ahhh… but it doesn’t stop there!
We couldn’t leave the counters unaddressed when the cabinets were looking oh-so-spiffy.
BAM! I call this ‘Messy Magic’. It’s a VERY messy project but the outcome by far exceeds the cleanup. By far! This is the Rustoleum Countertop Transformation kit!
The color is ‘Desert Sand’ and it takes 2 days to complete so you will need to keep that in mind if you are planning to use the kit yourself. It takes a full week to cure back to 100% normal use.
When I did my kitchen counters I timed the project to finish just before I went out of town for a week so I didn’t torture myself trying to use counters I shouldn’t. Food for thought!
Of course because this is a blue and white kitchen it was only appropriate that mom wanted cobalt blue glass knobs for the cabinetry.
Still missing a backsplash (Dad says he knows a guy) and some faceplates for the outlets but this is pretty much a done deal.
What do you think?? Worth a week of hard labor or what?!
Doesn’t it look bigger?
What we used and how we did it:
3 coats Zinsser Water Based White Primer
2 coats Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit in “Pure White”
Rustoleum Countertop Transformations kit in “Desert Sand”
1 coat of Zinsser Water Based Primer
2 coats of Behr – Interior Satin – in “Cumberland Fog”
Custom Order from Buyknobs.com
Seeing it all broken down like this makes it sound easy.
By no means was this project easy. It is tough work and a lot of it.
I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking ‘oh it’s just painting’.
Painting can, and usually is, grueling work!
On average a healthy human burns anywhere from 200-300 calories an hour painting!
Prepare to be tired, and excited, and defeated, and then triumphant.
I did this in my kitchen on my own and it’s nothing compared to doing it as a team.
Get a painting buddy! Even if they can’t help you every day, just once in a while will be more than nothing. I hear pizza and beer make good bribery tools ;)
There you have it.
The power of paint (in a box)!
To those of you considering these products for your own home… I highly recommend them.
My best word of advice is follow every instruction and pay attention to timing.
Especially with the counters, you MUST work quickly for certain steps.
Read the directions and follow all the steps in order and you won’t be sorry.
I have had my counters refinished for several months now and I have 0 regret about not purchasing new counters instead. This was a great alternative and so far I am shocked regularly by their durability.
I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you the dining room transformation too!