Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kitchen Reveal



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.

So, before:

And after:
The cabinet without a door is going to be left open, I just need to paint the inside.  And the one on the far left will have a door with glass. "We" have big plans for the island, so just ignore that for now.  And as for the lower cabinets that aren't painted, I am leaving them as they are because I like the look of mixed finishes and everything not being all "matchy-matchy" especially in the kitchen. 
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.
I really like the way everything turned out.  I don't care for the blue walls, and will probably be painting them red.  I love red and yellow accents for a kitchen. 


And that's it!  I love my "new" kitchen and how much brighter it is. 

11 comments:

Mari said...

I love it! The red and yellow will looks great! We painted our cabinets white a few years ago and our walls are kind of a terra cotta color. Here's a link if you want to see:
http://marislittlecorner.blogspot.com/2008/09/end-almost.html

Susanne said...

It's absolutely beautiful, Karen. Love the corkboard idea on the inside of the cupboard. And I think red and yellow will set off the white wonderfully! I can't wait to see your big plans for the island.

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Oh wow! What a lot of work but I love it. My favorite is the chalkboard door. I'm thinking right now where I can put one of those in my kitchen.

Marilyn said...

Fabulous job. My cupboards look like your former ones and would look so much better with some of that wallpaper and paint! Maybe that will happen next summer. I even have the wallpaper for the back of a built in bookcase and I'm sure there would be enough for a project like this.♥♫

Judy said...

Oh, Karen! I LOVE it!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Love your new kitchen! Ok, I never ever thought about using that beadboard wallpaper on my cabinet doors. Pure genius, I say! Great job... all of it. Thanks for sharing :) -Tammy

Mereknits said...

It looks gret!!!! I love what you did. I just want to sit at your table and have a cup of tea and catch up on everything. We are about to do a major kitchen renovation and while I am excited about it being finihed I am not excited to be missing a kitchen for several weeks.
Meredith

Renna said...

It's gorgeous. I'm going to try and get my hubby on board for such a project. I have never cared for my plain vanilla oak cabinets, either. I've wanted them white, to go with my red and yellow accented kitchen!. We painted over the wallpaper that's in there a few years ago with a soft yellow, and painted all the door trims white.

I love your kitchen!

Becky said...

Oh, my goodness that is lovely. I am a huge fan of yellow and red accents. Hey, you should paint your lower cabinets a buttery yellow. That would be so pretty. Maybe a little much with red walls but who knows. It is only paint.

You did an amazing job. I love the "beadboard" look to your doors. Brilliant! I know you did your research. But now you have put it all out there for everyone to follow. Three easy steps ... Well done!!

Country Dreaming said...

Looks great! Ypu guys did a wonderful job.

Enjoy!

Melinda

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
YOU DID A GREAT JOB, A LOT OF WORK, BUT WORTH IT. JACKIE WANTS TO DO HER KITCHEN, MUST TELL HER ABOUT THE WALL PAPER ON THE DOORS. YOUR KITCHEN WAS VERY NICE BEFORE, BUT THIS KITCHEN HAS YOUR MAGIC TOUCH AND SPELLS OUT K-A-R-E-N........TAKE CARE,LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ