Home Sweat Home: Kitchen Cabinets

Hello! I’m still here! I’m sorry I’ve been delinquent. Now that Cade is awake more in the afternoons and evenings, it’s becoming difficult to find time for computer-y things. Buuut, I have a *big* update for you!

Before we get right into it, let’s take a look back on this started-off-as-an-exciting-DIY-but-turned-into-let’s-pay-someone-to-do-it-for-us journey.

It all began with a beigey-butterscotchy cocktail of yuck:

And even though I kept referring to it as an “island”, it’s actually not an island at all since IT’S CONNECTED TO THE WALL. Anyway, the bar got a pretty makeover:

Then the trim and doors got transformed:

Although I neglected to do behind the fridge so it still looked  junky.

Thanks to a good friend and some serious effort, the wall paper border got scraped off:

And the walls were painted a delicious Gray Owl, which clashed angrily with our cabinets:

Then later, I painted ONE cabinet but left the door off for many many months…as well as many visitors:

By this point, I had lost all of my kitchen DIY mojo. So we hired painters to paint the rest of the cabinets! TA DA:

Whoa! Pretty pretty cabinets!

The photos are dark because I don’t have the patience (and neither does my toddler) to take them in afternoon light:

This project took two painters EIGHT days and cost us almost $2000. I know. Our wallets are a a stingin’. Like I mentioned earlier, they used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation System from Home Depot so it’s not just regular old paint. It comes with a sealant and everything. Obviously this was a very labor intensive/costly job. After watching them work for over a week, I felt relieved knowing there was absolutely no way I could have done this job myself during nap time. Pieter The Painter even painted the trim behind the fridge for me. What a sweetie!

We really debated whether we should lay down the cash or wait to do a full kitchen reno later on. Eventually, I’d love a new kitchen. But with two littles, I can’t see us tackling that kind of a project for quite a few years. I don’t have the brain cells to even plan a new kitchen, much less live in the chaos of an actual renovation. So this is a great interim project until we save up more money and spend the time now growing our littles into kind Bigger People.

As for the remaining To Dos…there are still quite a few projects that need attention:

  • possibly paint the maroon grout – it looks very maroon-y now that everything is white
  • paint the wood trim on the countertops white to match the cabinets
  • paint the grungy ceiling
  • install toe kicks
  • replace the outlets themselves since they are still almond colored
  • address lighting someday
  • replace cracked kitchen window
  • address grubby window coverings
  • redo pantry
  • refinish wood floors in a dark walnut to color match the laminate in the rest of the house

Yeah, the kitchen is far from “done” but at least it’s not a total embarrassment anymore. Hip, hip, hooray!

11 thoughts on “Home Sweat Home: Kitchen Cabinets

  1. Wow, what a transformation! Jolly good work. I do love the white cupboards. If it took them 8 days, it would have taken you 54 years. Better to hug littles. Good work, thecandace. lv mamap

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  3. I am SO SO glad that after initially wanting to hold off and save the money for a full kitchen reno, thecandace talked me into this intermediate step of painting the existing cupboards. It made so much more of an impact than I could even imagine!

  4. Whoa! Like seriously – it looks like a WHOLE NEW KITCHEN!! Wow!! $2K totally worth EVERY PENNY! Can you imagine the stress and stress, and oh yeah – STRESS that DIY-ing this would have been? I can’t even wrap my brain around it.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cabinets!
    Given time, I’m sure I can find a way to black-out any memory of the caramel colored cabinets! 😉

    • You might need therapy! Have you been able to let go of the kitchen wallpaper yet or are you still having dreams of peeling it off, bit by difficult bit?

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