Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dreamy, Creamy, White kitchen makeover- Stage one

 Please bear with me as I'm still trying to figure out how to properly photograph a bright white kitchen!  Painting our "honey oak" spec. house cabinets has been on my to do list for nearly the entire eight years we've lived here. (though nothing was wrong with what we had... it just wasn't what I'd have chosen if I could have been the one to pick it out.)  I am blissfully happy with the results, but it was a huge effort, no question. 
 We aren't finished yet, as we have new counter tops on order, and a flooring update about two weeks away, along with a bead board front to our dishwasher in progress as we speak.  I debated on if I should even show this stage but I know there are many of you who would have thrown a tantrum if I didn't.  We want to avoid tantrums at all cost here on the Lemonade Makin' Mama blog.  (grin) We'll call this post "Stage one" and as the other things progress, I'll update y'all.   
The logistics:  The first thing I did, was draw a schematic diagram of my kitchen, and assigned each door/drawer a number. (Hint- write the number in a place that won't be painted such as the door socket the hardware came out of.)  I then removed all the hardware (knobs, and hanging hardware) and put each door's hardware into a numbered baggie that matched the number I assigned each door and drawer.  After that was cleared away, I emptied my cabinets and boxed up things so when I sanded, I'd have minimal cleanup.  Then I sanded all the wood surfaces of my cabinet frame (except the wood edge of my Formica counter top and that wood strip of "back splash," since that will be getting replaced shortly.)  It made a huge mess, so be warned.  (I'm a clean-as-I-go girl, so this is a scenario that makes me a little bit nuts.)

Adrain and I cut and hung bead board on all the smooth outside surfaces of my old cabinets, and we used a combination of liquid nails and nail brads.  I actually did lots of the bead board cutting and all of the hanging part, all by my onesie!  It was terrific fun, I'm not gonna lie.  Then we caulked the gaps (of which there were many) and primed over it all.  Let me just pause here and say that Adrain and I are NOT handy.  If you don't believe me, let me just say that we learned how to use a new saw together (literally reading manuals) over this project and I'm not kidding.  Before this project, I'd never used liquid nails in my life!  Let me also just say that caulk and primer cover a multitude of sins, so if you're doing this project, do not freak out if you cut a board crooked.  When you're done, it will blend right in.

Anyway, once everything was primed, we painted!  I used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Waterborne Alkyd in a semi-gloss finish (for kitchen durability) in the color "Creamy."  This paint is amazing because it's a self-leveling paint that smoothes out nicely and is actually an oil-based paint that cleans up with water.  I used a tiny roller and it was like paint magic.  (And contrary to popular belief I abhor painting.  I just love the end result.)  Here you can see the foam core board that I covered in fabric and stuck against the backside of my newly opened cabinet. 
 One fun thing we did, was cut the inside chunks of wood out of two cupboard doors, and have glass inserts installed in them. (We got horrible customer service and bad information from the original place I contacted and ended up having to take them to a millworker's shop to get the job done.) When it was all said and done however, I loved the way they turned out and it was worth the extra cost in my opinion!
 Once dry, cupboards were systematically matched back up with their baggies of hardware, hung in their little mapped out place (so thankful I took the time to organize everything first!) and admired.  I decided not to distress and polyurethane them until after floors and countertops are installed, because they are going to need about a week to cure before I can do that, and they are probably going to undergo some natural distressing along the way as people (aka JJ and Ava) bang in to them.

Before and Afters! (Just for Carmen)

 
 
 We also plan to trim out the bottom of our cabinets with bead board, but are waiting for flooring first. 
And now for some random kitchen photos.  Because I love kitchens.
 


Do you think my kiddos will mind if I go take a nap now?  Ha!

42 comments:

  1. Ohhh LMM it is AWESOME! We are about to remodel our kitchen...finally!! It will be the last update in our home. So exciting. Yours looks incredible...love the wallpaper inside the cabinet!

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  2. SWEET!!!! It is beautiful. Love the addition of the light over the sink!! You have great taste.

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  3. love it!!!!!
    love everything about your dreamy creamy white kitchen

    ps--did you explain before...did you do your own barstools? if so, would you redirect me to that link?

    xo

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  4. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! So pretty and bright! You did a great great great job!!! :)

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  5. Hi there, I'm not sure how I found you--just kept clicking, you know how it goes :o)--but I wanted to say hi (it's always nice to say, "hi", right?), and let you know I LOVE your kitchen!

    I'm struggling with mine right now--I think my walls are the same color as yours, lol--and would dearly love to paint my cabinets, but my hubby is all about leaving wood unpainted...:sigh: So, I'm going to keep looking at yours and pretend. :o)

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  6. in LOVE!!!! you are a total rock star, woman! i'm so glad my current house had white cupboards already, but i painted the cupboards in my previous house and you're right...it's not a ton of fun! love it! can't wait to see the new floor and counters :) you'll be so happy when it's done!

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  7. Well I love you to pieces! The "befores" make the "afters" look even more special! You are doing a great job!!! LOVE IT!! Can't wait to see the final product...with before and after pics, of course. ; )

    It looks so fresh and clean! Love it! (Did I say that already?) LOL!

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  8. yahoo!! looks SO stink'n awesome! I painted the cabinets white in our last rental (got permission from our landlords, of course)and LOVED every remaining day i spent in there knowing full well we'd be moving once hubby finishd his PhD work in that city.

    so proud of you for embracing the season you're in and going for it!

    enjoy!

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  9. You have totally sealed the deal for me and convinced me to paint my cabinets (i was too chicken before and mine aren't anything special). Our kitchen layout is pretty similar (you maybe have a few extra cabinets). Can you give a few more details-like how much you sanded (just sorta rubbed sand paper over it, or used an electric hand sander?) And how many gallons of paint did it take...oh and one coat or more? Your kitchen looks awesome! Enjoy it!!!

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  10. Shannon G-

    I used about a fourth of a gallon of paint. I did one coat of primer, two coats of paint on the front sides of cabinet doors and drawers, and I used an electric sander to take it down the the bare wood.

    Hope that helps!

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  11. ummmmmm SERIOUSLY !!! LOVE IT!!!! You guys are doing an awesome job!!!!

    Nancy

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  12. I'm so jealous! I want white cabinets..it looks so great!

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  13. It looks great! I'm with you, I would have wanted to paint them too! You lasted longer than I would have! I can't to follow the stages!
    Debbie @refreshrestyle.com

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  14. It looks fantastic! You've given me an idea about the beadboard, which I love, love, love! Can't wait to see the rest.

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  15. Looks fabulous! You inspire me every day to work on something. Enjoy all the lovely creaminess!

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  16. This makeover is beyond awesome! Your kitchen was really cute before, but the white and the beadboard takes it up to drool-wrothy-see-it-in-a-magazine level. Can't wait to see the new counters and floors!!! And even though you've had to put your move on hold, I bet you feel almost like you're in a new house:)

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  17. OMG!!! I LOVE IT!!! You are so amazing!

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  18. Oh,how pretty! You did a terrific job on it all. I love the light over the sink, too. Whay to go!

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  19. Beautiful new kitchen Sasha!

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  20. it's like one of those puzzle games...i keep going back and forth to spot all the differences. LOVE the light over the sink!!! you have done such an amazing job girlie:) can't believe how much lighter and brigher it is. i love white cabinets...waaaaaa!

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  21. I absolutely love your new kitchen! You guys did such a great job! Can you come do mine now? :)

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  22. I Love it... it is awesome... LOVE the wallpaper and the MENU Chalk board!

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  23. I love the new look in the kitchen. We did the same thing to our brown cabinets and it made a world of difference. I still would like to have the glass insert, but then I would have to get new dishes, and then put pretty paper or fabric behind, and then new handles.....it never stops. You did a really good job. Enjoy it!

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  24. Love seeing the transformation as it happens! Your kitchen looked great before, but I'm a white cabinet chick too and love the results already. Will be fun to see the end product!

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  25. Tantrum averted.... now there is some slight jealously to be dealt with ;)
    It looks SO great! And it's got me thinking.... hmmm. And.... we have the same fisherman lantern except mine is cream. LOVE it!!!
    Good job!

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  26. I love it, and I love your amazingly upbeat and positive outlook on the future of this home and kitchen. You are so creative, and I know you are going to love using this new kitchen for as long as you might have left in that house!!! Love the new dishwasher too...
    The whole room loks clean, fresh, and so comfortable! : )

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  27. Question for you - (sorry if you've already said this!!) were your cabinets those lovely laminated-type cabinets? I really want to paint my kitchen cabinets but have laminated doors/cabinet faces so I'm nervous about any sanding that would need to take place...

    thanks!!

    Rachel

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  28. I want to come over right now and have some ice tea right in your kitchen. I love the light over the sink which I know you've talk about before (I have to research). I want to paint our cabinets. They are already creamy but they are chipped and just need to be freshened up. I wrote down what paint you used...thanks.

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  29. Wow - what a fabulous makeover!

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  30. Holy Cow!!! Your kitchen was adorable before, but it is just over the top cute now!!! I feel like it looks so much bigger without the wood color breaking it up. Never thought of that until you changed it.
    WAY TO GO!!! Wow, you are just so amazing to do all of this work. BUMMER..I live in DE. We would like to move next year. :o)
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! I am left crying tears of joy more days than I can count. :o) thanks for sharing your life with us!!!! We love you so!!!

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  32. An alkyd paint that cleans up with water?! WOW--gotta check that out for sure. What a beautiful job you did!

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  33. Thanks for posting this. I want to paint our cabinets, but have no experience whatsoever with any home improvement. I hope to refer to this post someday soon.

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  34. Question--can you tell me the process of painting yoru cabinets? I have a ginormous very 90's oak kitchen. I soooo want to redo but everything is in great shape so I just want to repaint. Im afraid of it looking totally "homemade" and want it to look professional. I would love your tips

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  35. Love it Girl! Awesome job ! now I have white beadboard kitchen envy...:)

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  36. OMG - I love it. You've inspired me to take on the same task. It's been on the to do list for the winter - but I may not be able to wait after seeing how easy you made it all sound. Of course, you didn't tell us how many hundreds of hours you spent - lol.

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  37. Your kitchen looks fantastic. Can you see the oak grain through the paint? If so, what do you think about that?

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  38. I love it, but for my personal taster i would put white marble floor.
    Marble | Travertine

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