Jul 22, 2015

Home: Kitchen Updates

Do you guys remember all of my moaning and groaning about our kitchen cabinet project a couple of months ago?  I feel like I talked about it way more than I should have, but it definitely took over my life for a couple of weeks (and killed my back!)  

However, they are done (praise hands emoji!) and I am so thrilled with how they turned out.  Granted, a large part of my thrill may be the fact that we did them ourselves, but I still think they totally changed the look of our kitchen.  When we moved in, we liked the kitchen, but it was starting to show signs of age and wear and tear, plus it wasn't our style.   


There was a whole lot of brown.  I don't dislike brown, but for me this just wasn't my vision and idea for a kitchen space.  I prefer bright, white and light.  

We replaced the countertops with granite, added oil rubbed bronze hardware and (duh) repainted the cabinets.   We weren't able to do this all at once and spread it out over a solid nine month period due to time and budget.  We still need to tackle the backsplash - I'm thinking a glass beige subway tile with white grout - but for now, it's pretty complete.

Everything flows color-wise, and the whole space feels lighter and happier.  It is my favorite room in our house right now and I love cooking in it and spend way too much time trying to keep it overly clean (thanks OCD.)

Now that you have seen the before let's get to the after...


And because I love a Before/After shot...

It's nothing too crazy and we did it ourselves, but I am pretty happy with the results and loving our bright, light kitchen!

We used the Rust-Oleum Pure White Cabinet Small Kit and spent a lot of time researching it and watching videos and tutorials on it before actually starting.  I highly recommend doing a lot of tutorials before hand.  I don't think it would have come out usable at all if we didn't.  

If you plan on tackling this project yourself, make sure you have time to do it.  An entire weekend may not be enough depending on the amount of cabinets you have.  Follow the instructions exactly and don't worry about adding an extra coat of base or doing some paper sanding (it is liquid only.)  From our experience, these things helped a lot.

Now that this project is (mostly) tackled, I feel ready to take on some other rooms that I have been holding off on... aka letting things pile up in and keeping the doors closed in shame.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!


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  1. I wondered if you'd used the Rustoleum kit as it looked like the one with the antiqueing oil. We repainted our kitchen cabinets last year from an oak to a white, and basically used the same techniques that Rustoleum used but without buying their kit. Yours turned out great!!

  2. Love it!!! It makes things so much lighter and makes the whole room look bigger!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. You guys did so good! I love how bright it is

  4. Your kitchen looks amazing! You guys did such a great job! I love the cabinets, it's so different but still so timeless! Love that granite too!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. LOVE it!!! It looks so awesome and I'm impressed that you guys did this yourself! Light & bright kitchens are where it's at!

  6. That looks amazing, lady! I love the beautiful distressed look :)!

  7. it looks great! i feel the same way - love a bright white/clean looking kitchen! amazing work :)

  8. Absolutely GORGEOUS girl! I'm in love with the new finish and fixtures on the cabinets - so pretty <3

  9. It looks soooo good! We desperately need to do this to our kitchen, I'm just afraid to tackle it haha. You have any specific tutorials you'd recommend?

  10. Your reno turned out amazing! Liquid sander is where it's at, right? Such a time saver.

  11. Wow! I am impressed! They turned out so good! Idesparately want a lighter kitchen with white cabinets and counters... sigh... someday!!

  12. It looks amazing!! Great job!!

  13. Your kitchen looks amazing! I'm sure you're glad it's all done.

  14. LOL. I posted about my kitchen today too. I love yours!

  15. NICE, girl! The cabinets look so, so good!!! #futureinspiration

  16. Wow you guys did such a great job! I'm impressed!!

  17. Love it!! It looks awesome! I am so impressed you all did it yourselves. I re-painted our townhouse kitchen cabinets and it was a b*tch and I'm thinking about doing it in the new house but I'm so nervous I will lose steam half way through because there is a lot of cabinets. You're totally inspiring me now :)

  18. What a huge difference a new coat of paint can do for the look and feel of a room, I love it! I'm so impressed! Xo, Stephanie


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