I am really excited to show off Kristin's kitchen today. Her kitchen is one of my favorite kitchen transformations in all of blogdom! It is so inspiring, let's see what she did to create this:
So here is my before picture right before we moved in. Over the years I kept a binder with pictures of my dream kitchens and drooled over model homes with eat in islands and gourmet stove tops. Remember the kitchen from the movie Something's Gotta Give, talk about making my heart pitter-patter. It is renowned for its elegant simplicity:
I love white kitchens, and consider them to be a classic. In my mind, you can never go wrong with a white kitchen and there is such an elegance about them.
I also love the look of cottage kitchens; I needed to come to a happy medium.
Overall, in the end we achieved a pretty traditional kitchen yet toned down with a twinge of French and cottage:
Remove all of your doors
Prep the room covering everything you don’t want painted
Remove hardware and your hinges.
If your cabinets have gaps or dings fill them with wood filler.
Empty all your cabinets
Degrease all the doors, draws and frames. Tsp is a great degreaser as is vinegar and hot water.
Sand everything I used an electric sander with medium grit (80 or 100).
Prime with oil based primer; Foam rollers will give you the look as though your cabinets have been sprayed.
Now…I can’t lie. After I had sanded all my bottom cabinets, primed and started to paint, superman came and saved the day! You see, we were doing this all ourselves because the quotes that came in made me gasp and I said who needs a painter I’ll do it myself. Did I mention I have 37 cabinets and 20 or so drawers? Then my hero (painter) who used to work for a large builder was out of a job and needed money came by! He gave me a quote that made me gasp, this time in a good way. I hired him immediately and told him to start, before he changed his mind. I was so excited and he probably thought I was a little crazy getting so giddy about paint. He finished sanding, priming and then sprayed our cabinets; he was done in 2 days. It most likely would have taken me at least 6 more weeks. We were left to reinstall cabinet doors and drawers, replace the hinges, hardware and glaze. This alone took us about 2 months prior to working about 2 months on adding height to the cabinets and rebuilding the island. I know that sounds like a lot of time but we have 3 little ones and only one of them in school full time. So this project was really only done in our spare time without jeopardizing family time.
I really love the look of Staggered cabinets, I just didn't care for the price tag.
Build a box using pine plywood in a smooth finish.
Anchor the box to the top of your existing cabinets.
Apply new crown and nail to the top of your boxes.
*We went with a double stacked baseboard on the bottom and crown on the top of the baseboard.
for a video tutorial on how we installed double stacked crown molding
Nail small wood trim to hide the seams between the old cabinet and the new addition.
This project came with lots of trial and error. You definitely need to be on the tolerant side if you are taking this on yourself. When something did not look right we took it down and started over. This is your time to get creative. This is a big project but definitely worth all the elbow grease!
I have to admit I loved not having doors on my cabinets, I loved the open feel, I didn't like the dust. SO the glass went up. I had painted all the oak doors creamy white prior to this. They get pretty scuffed up in the process so I would have saved the painting for after the cuts were made. Remove the center panel, a router would come in handy here….on our list of things to purchase this year.
Press the pane of glass into the groove, let it dry overnight. I still need to add a simple plastic frame clip just in case but I don't think that glass is going anywhere!
The final shots:
See more after pictures here.