I’ve got a bone to pick with HGTV. They make all of this home remodeling look so easy, tidy, and fast. I mean, they’re half hour shows, how long could a kitchen remodel really take, am I right? Wrong. And making design decisions based off of those hundreds of tiny little samples? That’s a nightmare to this anxious second-guesser.
Somehow, however, we managed to put together a decent looking kitchen and learned a few new skills along the way! (plus we did most of the work while we were engaged, and didn’t even call off the wedding or anything as a result of the home renovation stress… I’m joking, mostly)
We went from this bachelor pad with 70’s pink countertops, dark cupboards, and icky linoleum floors:
To this! Our sweet little kitchen. It’s bright, fresh, and inviting:
I’ll do a comprehensive list at the end and link all the products and details. If I missed something, just leave me a comment and I’ll add it if possible!
It all started with the cabinets… When I proposed the idea of painting them to Ryan, he naively thought we could finish it all in an extended weekend. I naively thought we could finish it in a week. Again, we were wrong. It probably took us 2+months from start to finish. Some of that was more to do with the fact that we were both working a lot, and planning a wedding in the middle of all of it so we devoted time to it when we could in the evenings and weekends. But we also made some mistakes and had to start over once or twice. I won’t give you a full tutorial- we pretty much (attempted) to follow this one–
but here are two tips:
- Don’t skimp or skip on the sanding. We didn’t do a great job the first time and that’s where we had to start over. The paint looked awful and it was so disheartening to have to sand the coats of primer and paint off to redo it, but there was just no salvaging it. Sand all the way down past the varnish. Then lightly sand between layers.
- Take your time. The 24 hours or longer that you take in between coats are really important!
Someone told me that the more you put into a project, the more you’ll appreciate it and the end result… Perhaps this is true. We love the look of them, but NEVER AGAIN will we paint cabinets. Ryan and I have agreed that saving a few extra dollars is not worth it for us if we ever need to remodel another kitchen someday.
Don’t let my horror story of how long it took deter you too much. I have a friend that painted her cabinets and it didn’t take near as long and she had no big issue with the process. Maybe the process just wasn’t for us- or maybe it was poor timing for us to attempt it. At any rate, if you want a dramatic change for cheap and willing to put in the patient effort, go for it! We used Behr Premium Plus Ultra glossy paint on the outside of the cabinets and Valspar Ultra 2000 satin finish on the inside of the cabinets. Color details listed at the bottom.
We moved the placement of the cabinet hardware from the center of the door and spray painted our existing cabinet hardware. For the most part, the spray paint job has held up well. A year later, there are one or two handles that we frequently use that have started to wear a bit though.
I try to reassure myself that the little imperfections here and there just adds character to the kitchen
In the midst of all this, Ryan tore out the dated looking linoleum tile floors and put in some new laminate flooring and trim. It didn’t take him long at all to do, and it was quite simple (at least it seemed so to me)!
He also ripped out our terrible pink counter tops and back splash, and managed to coat the entire house with dust from sanding, but again, it saved us money! (tip: cover anything and everything you can with tarp, drop cloths, and garbage bags. I’m talking light fixtures, doorways, etc.) While we were off on our honeymoon, a family friend installed these laminate counter top sheets for us as a wedding gift! So sweet.
I reupholstered and painted our kitchen bar stools and Ryan installed the subway tile back splash. Then finally, we gave the walls a fresh coat of paint.
Nothing like a nice white paint to brighten everything up.
Sure we have a few little finishes and touch ups that need to happen (do they ever really end?), but I can easily say the kitchen is my favorite room in the house.
So without further ado, here are all the details!
Curtains | Dinnerware Set | Serving Cart (no longer available in grey) | Wall Shelves | Tea bag Holder | Hanging Planter | Artificial plants | Salt and Pepper Shakers & Caddy | Taste & See sign- made the frame, bought the print from The Found Cottage | Tea Towel |
Countertops |Backsplash |Cabinet Paint Color | Cabinet Hardware Spray Paint Color | Wall Paint Color-I took the back splash tile in to Lowes and they mixed the paint to match |Flooring – we got ours from Carpet Bonanza