Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Painted Cabinets

What do you do when you’ve got UGLY cabinets, don’t have the funds for a total kitchen remodel and really get sick of looking at those ugly cabinets?

Paint those babies!

I have to warn you the following pictures are not pretty!

IMG_0244sigDon’t ask me why I feel compelled to tell you that I don’t normally have pots and dishes on my counters but I do.

IMG_0245sigThe tools were out during the molding portion of this project.IMG_1535sigWho in their right minds ever thought a big block shape of faux wood looked good enough to commit this crime. Yes I just called this a crime!

We removed all the cabinet doors and made sure to use numbered post-it notes to keep the placement right after painting.

IMG_0279sigThe hard part of this whole project was finding areas in the condo to place drying cabinet doors! Well and the tears that almost flowed after the primer was applied and I was positive it was going to look that uneven in the end.

IMG_0283sig    The look of primer is NOT a first time cabinet painters friend.

We didn’t want to have to sand at all (we won’t go into how I hate it with a passion!) so we started with an oil based primer only to discover it wasn’t adhering well and cleanup was horrible. We took the paint back to the store and after grilling the paint guy for an alternative discovered the 123 primer, it worked wonderfully, clean up was so easy and it didn’t have the intense smell the oil based had.

Even though the look of the primer finish freaked me out, it was too late to turn back now so we grabbed our kitchen bath and cabinet paint and pushed onward.

I’m happy we did because I love the change it made.

IMG_2055sigIt’s so much brighter now, I just love it!

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IMG_0299sig  IMG_2042sigI LUH-VE my chalkboard menu on the end of the cabinet!IMG_1535sigIMG_2049sigNow for an inexpensive new counter top, an beautiful backsplash and a project for the blank space above the cabinets and I’ll be finished in the kitchen…….for now.

I’m linking to Met Monday, TDC before and after, Room a month, Do it yourself day, Trash to Treasure Tuesday, Get your craft on!, Toot your horn Tuesday, Penny Pinching Party, Show and Tell, Power of Paint Party, Make it Yours Day, It’s so very Creative, Timeless Tuesday, Transformation ThursdayThrifty Thursday,Show off your Stuff Party, Show and Tell Friday, Frugalicious Friday, Funky Junk, I made it without my hubby party

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45 comments:

Michele said...

AMAZING!!!! :)

Kimba said...

Great job! Your newly painted cabinets make a tremendous difference! Awesome!

Wendy said...

Looks so much better painted and with hardware! Nice job!

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

I am so glad you guys like it! I so appreciate the comments!!!!!!

The DIY Show Off said...

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Delightful Dwelling said...

It looks amazing, I love the white cabinets.

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

fabulous! it looks so good!
gail

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

It turned out great! So clean and pretty. You did a great job!

I'm hosting a link party and would love to have you come on over and link this up.

http://mybackyardeden.blogspot.com/2010/02/make-it-yours-day.html

Paula Grace Designs said...

What a difference! Great transformation. Great color choices.

Thanks for joining Timeless Tuesday!

Paula Grace ~

Destination Seaborn said...

Oh yeah! Those cabinets look much better! Nice work! I love your wall colors too! Lisa

Leah said...

I painted my cabinets a few years ago. Talk about time consuming! But the end result was worth it!!

Sheri said...

Looks great!!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They turned out great! I want to paint mine and I'm liking white more and more.

Kim said...

Very nice! I don't like sanding either - everything looks so fresh and bright.

The Hughes Family said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Im so gald I found you! I have been searching on what to do with my FAUX WOOD BLOCK! NOT JOKING we have pretty much idenical kitchens! The only difference was that your bar has an actual bar...mines just my kitchen sink and counters and the wall you have your floating shelves on is a door in mine to my laundry/pantry. Yes i said laundy/pantry...who does that?! So pretty much I will be copying you!! Thanx so much!

Laceybug23at gmail.com

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Yow-za! The difference! Its shashingly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing today. Thank you also for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
~Hugs~
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

Amazing! (Found you at Bloggeritaville today. :)

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

First I have to say I am SO SO SO thankful you all left comments. I’ll admit it, my heart kind of flutters when I see new comments! Even more when I see new followers (hate that term so we'll say friends). No pressure :)

@Lacey- OMGoodness yes the faux wood block, it’s just so OOGLY I knew from the start I hated it and just wasn’t sure how to make it better. Oh and idk if you want a bar but they have those pretty risers now that you could add your own bar without having to do drywall or anything.

@ Kathy- I think white is where it’s at! I had planned on black to start with but the design of my small kitchen would have left it looking more like a tunnel I think, but the white just makes it so bright and open.

Lee Laurie said...

Your cabinets turned out beautiful! I love the color. I'm in the process of painting mine now too. I chose a color called "Heirloom Lace". I've only gotten 4 done so far! I work full time so I have to do a little at a time. Your kitchen looks so much bigger now. I love it.

Miss Obara said...

Wow! Those turned out amazing! What a great improvment!

fawnda said...

WOW! great job! I love painted cabinets!

Sandy said...

Just found your blog! VERY nice, I want to paint my cabinets as well.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Wow! They look fantastic. I love the chalkboards!

~ Tracy

Debbie said...

Amazing what a little paint and a lot of hard work can achieve!!~ You certainly did a fantastic job!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

It really changes the whole room... so much brighter... I adore white cabinets. Thanks for sharing at the Power of Paint Party.

Its So Very Cheri said...

It looks so much better. You know what I would do on that big block of faux wood. I wouldget some tin ceiling squares and some molding. I would use the molding to make it look like a frame and use the tin inside for some dimension.

Cheri

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

So pretty! I love the white--so clean and classic!

Thanks so much for linking up to Make it Yours day! I'm looking forward to seeing more great projects!

Emily said...

I love how it turned out! So bright and pretty.

Its So Very Cheri said...

I know I love them too. I always try to deal with vendors that will allow me to hand pick all of the items that go into the give-a-way.

Cheri

Its So Very Cheri said...

Thanks for letting me know about your button, I came and grabbed it,

Cheri

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow!! What a difference! That is really amazing, it looks so much better! I had the same reaction the first time used primer too...I thought there was something wrong with mine.

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

Oh goodness yes, primer can freak a girl out I'll tell ya! Not that I freak out easy or anything.....

Jane said...

Wow...your newly painted kitchen cabs look fabulous! Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up!

Frugal Home Design said...

Great Job! I can't wait to start on mine. Thanks for making it look possible :)

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Andrea said...

What a wonderful change! Great job, you have inspired me to do my kitchen cabinets next!

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

That is what I love to hear! Don't forget to come back and share pictures.
Thank you all for the sweet comments.

Crawford said...

Your cabinets turned out beautiful! I love the color. I'm in the process of painting mine now too. I chose a color called "Heirloom Lace". I've only gotten 4 done so far! I work full time so I have to do a little at a time. Your kitchen looks so much bigger now. I love it.

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