Anyway, the other part of our renovation happened in our kitchen. We love our new home, but it is definitely the "left in the 80s" house on the block. In an attempt to get out of debt faster, we are trying to complete labor-intensive and inexpensive projects to get the biggest bang for our buck out of this place.
So after lots of elbow grease, we finally got these results
Our kitchen wasn't THAT BAD when we bought it. But it was definitely not very awe-inspiring either. The oak cabinets were not only dated, but they were age-stained and the microwave hung too low, meaning we knew we had to replace the cabinets above it.
-Sealing, priming, sanding, and painting cabinets -- $300
-Replacing the cabinet above the microwave with a shorter cabinet, as the microwave was hanging too low over the stove -- $60
-Putting hardware on all the doors and drawers -- $70
-Purchasing tools including a paint sprayer, special drill bits, caulk, and other hardware -- $350
-Custom blinds ($250 for 8 blinds in entire house) -- $30 for 1 blind in the kitchen
-Painted walls Sherwin Williams Sea Salt -- $50
It's a big chunk of change, but it is so much cheaper than new cabinets, and it really changed the look of our kitchen
Let me take some time, though, to warn you: THIS WAS A VERY LABOR INTENSIVE PROJECT.
Pinterest makes it look so easy and cheap, but honestly I think if I had to do it all over again we may have hired a professional to do the painting. It is such labor intensive and tedious work, mostly because oak is an open-grain wood. That means it soaks up paint and the grain of the wood shows through very strongly. In order to achieve even somewhat of a smooth finish we had to do 7 coats with sanding between every coat (and wiped down with tack cloth between every coat):
- 1 coat liquid deglosser applied with scotch pads
- 2 coats of Minawax sanding sealer to help seal the wood
- 2 coats paint in Sherwin Williams Alabaster
We attempted to finish the project before moving in, but that totally didn't happen with our 12 month old newly-walking little girl running around. So when we moved in, the kitchen looked like this
Living without a kitchen for nearly a lmonth was so difficult and stressful. It made me thankful we attempted to finish as much as we coud before moving in.
Finally we got the kitchen looking like this
I am so happy we did this project, but I am even happier that it is over!
The powder room between our newly renovated living room and kitchen needed a bit of a facelift as well, and it ended up being a rather simple project.
-Painted the walls Sherwin Williams Drizzle -- $25
-Replaced the mirror with one found at World Marker -- $100
You may notice that this room isn't finished yet. The vanity needs some love (yes, that is an accidental swipe of wall paint on the front of it... oops).
Do you think we should:
A) Paint it white to match the kitchen cabinets
B) Stain it a darker brown
C) Replace it altogether
Let me know what you think in the comments!