Thursday, December 12, 2013

1990 Called, They Wanted Their Kitchen Back.

Excuse me while I sit here this evening and take a load off without a paintbrush in my hand.  For the past 3 weeks I've been painting our kitchen cabinets every night after the boys went to bed, and occasionally during their naps.  And I'm happy to say that after 180 coats (I did the math, it was 180 coats total...!), the kitchen is finished.  A little bit of touching up and some caulking to do but the painting part is complete.  Deep breath in, deep breath out...and a pat on my back.

While the painting of the cabinets is not the only update we've made to the kitchen, it was the one that packed the most punch.  And it was the cheapest change of all. 

Here's the evolution of the kitchen, beginning in 2011 when we bought it.

These are from before we bought the house:

  Nick and I thought the oak had a nice and warm feeling to it, it was still a bit overwhelming.  A whole lot of oak covered the kitchen.  However, it wasn't something we initially planned on changing.

 So we started slowly and first purchased new appliances right after we moved in. We sold all the white ones from the previous owners, which helped foot the bill a tiny bit.

After we moved in:  (2011)

 A few months later we made another change that isn't terribly noticeable from the photos.  We had the formica taken out and replaced with Corian and the backsplash swapped out with classic white subway tiles.  We removed the cabinet hardware which was a little country and opted for oil rubbed ones a little more our style. The faucet was replaced too. Oh yeah, and the light fixture above the sink, we've changed that thing TWICE.  Because...we like changing out light fixtures.  I don't think I'm leaving anything out, or am I?

During (2011):

 After: (up until a few weeks ago)

While not a huge change, it was enough to satisfy us for a couple years.  Everything was a tad more updated and not so 90's builder grade.

A few months ago we painted the kitchen gray, changing from the greenish/beige color it was.

Then...the Fireplace Project of 2013 came along, which led to the Kitchen Cabinet Project of 2013. But I assure you, I'm done painting for awhile.  

Horrible after shot, but it's all I've got.
The kitchen looks atrocious for 3 weeks straight.  But, here it is, in all its glory during the process:

Nick primed ONE cabinet door and failed.  I'm 99.9% sure he failed on purpose. He was nothing except my cheerleader during this undertaking. 

Our basement was my workroom.  I could only do 1/3 of the cabinets at a time due to space. Boo! Hiss!

Primer coat of it. 

Unlike his cheer leading dad, Ethan wanted nothing more than to help. Sweet isn't he?

He sanded the primer right off this cabinet. Whoops!

After 180 coats, finished!!

(We're having the window replaced next month, so it'll match then too. Hooray!)

And just for fun, let's look at one final before, during and after, shall we?




P.S. The painting project cost less than $100.  I charged Nick $1,000.  He paid me back in a set of new tires for my car.  I have $22 left.  Grrrrr!

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