Mom’s Blue & White Kitchen Makeover {Finale} -

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.

To see the day by day transformations go here:
Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4 - Day 5

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”
Cabinet Hardware:
Custom Order from
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.
From ‘before’…
To ‘after’…
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!
Stay tuned!

P.S. If you love this, would you pretty please pin it? I’ll love you forever!


  1. Well done,it’s wonderful,and I have enjoyed the process from my armchair,while you have done all the work:) Now have a good rest knowing you did an exceptional job. xx

  2. Okay, question: How many cabinet transformations kits did you use for this kitchen?

  3. It turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing. I’m wanting to do my counters so badly, but am apprehensive about taking the leap for some reason. I’ve got a lot of counterspace… I guess it seems overwhelming to me. I can offer you pizza and beer if you want to come to CA and help!

  4. Love the transformation. It really does look so much bigger.

  5. LOVE!!! I can’t wait to see the backsplash and everything done! Your dad cracks me up!!


  6. That is an absolutely fantastic transformation. I love it!

  7. You did such a great job! I love the countertops and will have to remember that method for the next time (like recently) someone asked for advice on their ugly countertops! Is it durable? I bet your Mom just loves it!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a GREAT transformation!! Blue and white combos are my favorite too!! Can you post pics of kitchen “after” with Mom’s blue and white accessories? And the dining room?
    Jo Ann

  9. Rachel's Mom says:

    Ii’ve been way overdue in posting here to try to say thank you to
    my wonderful daughter for my beautiful kitchen. I have despised those
    cabinets since we moved in over 20,years ago, but a pro remodel
    was too much, and refinishing Formica was too scary. Rachel
    did her kitchen, her dad did our bathroom & they hatched a plan, all
    In a few weeks’ time. Rachel arrived, her vehicle loaded with
    ( tools & plans. The 2 of them worked all day all week long.
    What better gift than your child’s time out of her own full life?
    Her dad was thrilled to do this last big project in the house. Everyone who sees it raves about it.
    Everyday, I am still surprised. It feels like a hug from my girl. Rachel, thank you so much. I love your
    passion & determination, your indomitable spirit & your strength. You have a curiosity about
    life that is contagious &you are funny & fun. You have a heart that is true. I think that I
    can’t love you more or be more proud of you and then I am. Thank you (& Dad) for my blue and white kitchen-dream-come-true. And when people ask you for a reference now, you can
    tell them they can ask your mom.

  10. It came out beautifully! You are truly a special person to do that for your Mom and Dad. God bless you!

  11. Rachel…I’m just about to do my kitchen with the Pure White Cabinet Transformations kit and the Charcoal Countertop Transformations kit.

    I’m doing the white on those old almond melamine cabinets with the oak trim from the 80′s. Did you really need 3 coats of primer before using the bonding paint on your mom’s cabinets? How long between coats?

  12. Did you you have to remove the sink or did you work around ir?

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