A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Kitchen Cabinet Redo

Oh my gosh can I just say how much I HATE the plain stock, oak cabinets that builders put in houses!!! I mean I get it, they are trying to make the house for as cheap as possible so they can make as much profit as possible. I’m married to a man that used to build houses, I know how it works. But COME ON! These things are hideous. Since we don’t have the budget to rip them out and get custom ones I decided when we moved in that they would just have to be painted. The hubs just rolled his eyes and said fine (I think after 15 years of marriage he has finally realized that even if something isn’t broke I’m still going to want to pretty it up :).

I knew this was going to be a huge undertaking but I also knew that I didn’t have to be on any certain time table. I could take as long as I needed. Sure our kitchen might look a little awkward half way through but it’s still livable. Plus all of our friends are just as laid back as we are and don’t really care what our house looks like.


So, I went one section at a time. Took the doors and drawers off of one section, toted those to the garage and got to work.


I first sanded the “wood” (I use the term loosely) a bit to roughen it up. On the cabinet doors and drawer fronts I used a spray paint that had a primer in it (one less step!). Several people told me I should roll the paint on but that is just too tedious for me and this was already going to take me months to finish. Once I had sprayed enough coats for an even finish I took my sand paper and roughed up the edges a bit. I was going for a worn look but didn’t want to use stain or anything else. I LOVE the way they turned out! I like that you can still see the woodgrain. I think it gives it more of a rustic look which is exactly what I was going for. Once I was done there I put 3 coats (yes 3) of polycrilic to seal everything. Knowing my kids would have their dirty hands all over these things I wanted to protect them and make them easy to wipe off.

For the base of the cabinets I took the spray paint to Home Depot and had them match it. I think they did a great job! I roughed those up with some sand paper (yes, messy in the house I know) and painted a coat of primer first since this paint didn’t have primer built in (darn it). After a few coats of paint I did the same thing and roughed up the edges a bit with sandpaper before adding several coats of polycrilic.

And voila! I love how much it brightens up the kitchen. The lighting in here is horrible (another project 😉 so it can use all the help it can get!  We also painted the walls the same beige as the others (that green was awful) and painted the island a turquoise to match the wall in our living room.

Yes, it took a awhile and they are still the same old cheap cabinets but at least they look better. Now to work on that lighting and something for above the fridge (besides my oversized platters!) Hmm, what do you think?



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