Well, it isn't quite finished, but I'm going to 'reveal' the kitchen makeover anyway. I'm even going to take this blog to a whole new level and show you, step by step, how I painted the cabinets. Even though there are plenty of other people out there who are far more qualified than I, to show you how to do this. Just Google "painting kitchen cabinets" and you will have all the info you'll ever want or need.
The only "before" picture I can put my hands on right now, is from before we bought our house. But it gives you an idea of what the cabinets looked like -- medium colored oak. They weren't in bad shape, in fact they were in fairly good shape, but just not my style; Dan's style, but I prefer painted cabinets, so how we got here is a whole 'nother story.
Here's the elusive valence:)
I started by sanding the doors and cabinets . . .
Then, because oak is such a grainy wood, I used some textured wallpaper that is suitable for painting in the center of each door and on the sides of the cabinets. The texture looks like bead board. It gave the doors a much smoother finish than if I had just painted the wood. The paper was soooo easy to apply.
I caulked around the edges to give it a smooth finish and to reinforce the edges of the paper so it wouldn't come off.
Here are several of the doors. . .
You can see the bead board pattern . . .
It was finally time to paint. Each door got a coat of primer and two coats of glossy latex.
Dan helped me put the crown molding up (as in, he cut all the angles and pieces and held them in place while I used the nail gun to attach them:) It gives such a nice, finished look.
For fun, I lined the inside of one door with cork board. . .
. . .and painted the outside with chalkboard paint.
And that's it! I love my "new" kitchen and how much brighter it is.