Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets At The Cabin: Guest Remodel

Melissa at Veranda Interiors has been busy refinishing kitchen cabinets at her cabin and creating a nice bright look with white.

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Our cabin was built in 1977 and when we took possession of it we discovered that essentially nothing has been done to it, including cleaning. We wanted to start with a fresh slate to help with the smell and dirt, but we had to keep budget in mind. Since we are planing on introducing this cabin to a bulldozer in about 5 years we wanted it to have a WOW factor on a budget. 

Here are a couple of the ‘before’ images. Lovely oak raised panel cabinets, carpet for the flooring, Gothic styles cabinet hardware, and don’t forget the stained, burnt, and scratched laminate countertops.
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We decided to lacquer the cabinets, inside and out…after all, it really was the only way to get me to use them. I went with Pratt & Lambert Dover White 33-6 for the cabinet color, a bright white that is a great contrast to the exterior elements that we see out the windows.
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And here are the ‘afters’. I am very happy with the outcome and all of Rob’s hard work. It did take a few trips back and forth from our home in the Great White North to the cabin in the muggy humid mid-west…but if you ask me, it was well worth it!

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The tile backsplash is a simple white subway tile by Daltile, we ordered it from Lowes and paired it with a limestone looking laminate to keep it light and airy. Since the carpet was not staying we replaced it with a laminate flooring that I found on eBay, this is used throughout the home and I love the color since it is good at masking little feet marks.

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All of the cabinet hardware was ordered off of eBay as well. If you are ready for a hunt you can find some great pieces with wonderful style!

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We used a white American Standard top-mount sink with the Kohler Fairfax faucet in chrome that I featured HERE
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We didn’t go top of the line for the appliances but I did want to keep style and finish in mind. So we went with all stainless steel that will work well for our current needs. The one item that I wasn’t going to be without in a kitchen was my Bosch dishwasher, we have had it in our past 3 homes and I love it, seriously love it.

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To add a bit of color and life to the kitchen I have placed a few items around it that I have found. Including the dishes from Anthropologie that I talked about HERE and some photos that I cherish.

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Total cost of this renovation was just over $4,000, most of that being spent on the appliances. I am sure we can find a purpose for the fridge & dishwasher in the next cabin. If not, off to theHabitat for Humanity Re-store. When doing a renovation please look into this service, it will make your heart all warm & fuzzy. 
Nice job refinishing kitchen cabinets in this cabin!  White is hot don’t you think?

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  1. >Love the modern take on the classic farmhouse look! Great job! Wanna come do mine next?


  2. >Wonderful job! This kitchen looks just like how I want our kitchen to look, subway tile and all! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. >Thank you so much for featuring our reno on here! It was a lot of work but so worth it, now we look forward to heading down to the lake for some R&R.
    Melissa xo

  4. >So PRETTY! can you tell me what color floor that or the seller on ebay?? I have been debating purchasing laminate off ebay! Thanks 🙂

  5. >Wow! What a difference. Your kitchen is gorgeous and looks so much bigger! Great job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉