Kitchen IN PROGRESS

Normally I wouldn't take pictures of a project that wasn't complete. I hate "in progress" because I LOVE the reaction of a big before/after change. BUT, a few of you have asked about my kitchen cabinets so I will give a sneak peak.

Let me tell you a few things first though. When we moved to our new home, we knew it was going to be a work in progress. However, when I tell you that the yard is SPECTACULAR, I am not lying. Of course, it needs some major LOVE but it feels like I live in the state park. The house itself is small, as I have mentioned many times...but it has a ton of potential. We knew, right away, that we wanted to convert and add on to the original house. One of the things we want to add is more space in the kitchen/dining area. We want BIG family get togethers here as our kids get older so we know that the current setup will not always work. So, the plan is to possibly add on to the kitchen and rip out the current one. HUGE project and definitely in the future, but something to dream about on pinterest in the meantime!!!

SO....with that in mind, we decided to just live with the current kitchen cabinets because they are well made and in great shape. BUT...I CAN'T just live with that kitchen! I had to change some things.

So here goes, this is the LOVELY 1980's kitchen when we moved in!






 WOW!!! You must LOVE the scalloped thingy over the sink, the cafeteria counters, the orange floor, the OLD white appliances, hmmm.....what else?? Oh yeah, the HUGE bulkhead above the 36" cabinets. It was a nightmare! Jimmy kept telling me that it was fine, but I just had to do some changes. So on the  day before THANKSGIVING, I pulled out my paintbrush and got to work. I am not kidding, I thought Jimmy was going to leave me when he walked in to me painting the cabinets! :) :)

I am definitely impatient! I want to do a whole project and get it done at once so this kitchen is something different for me. Probably a way for God to tell me that it is okay to take life slower. We decided that we didn't want to put a ton of money into the kitchen knowing that we would be ripping it out eventually. So the cabinets are first to be painted, and everything else will come as we have extra money.

I REALLY wanted to get rid of the bulkhead. (for those of you that don't know what that is, it is the big "block" area of drywall right above the cabinets. It was popular when the house was built to fill in the area above the cabinets.) In order to do that though, we would have had to take the cabinets down, demo'd the bulkhead and then put the cabinets back. I decided to live with the bulkhead but I did something different to make it fit in better! Check it out below!

So to start the kitchen project, I removed all of the cabinet doors. I wanted to paint the inside of the cabinets also. This step is not necessary if you don't want to have them match. I primed the inside and painted them with the same color that I used on the cabinet doors.











Our kitchen window looks out at the backyard. We have HUGE trees in the yard so we don't get a ton of sunlight. I knew that I wanted to make a valance for above the kitchen window but I didn't want to block any sunlight. So, I brought Jimmy in and told him my plan! He LOVES ME and my plans! See this picture-



I wanted to get rid of just the bulkhead above the window to make room for the valance. It also had electrical access to that LOVELY light there, so I wanted to use that for a pendant type light from the ceiling! Without any questions, Jimmy grabbed his hammer and got to work! :)




And then we covered it with a plastic bag! LOL! We had to call Jimmy's dad to help us figure out what to do with the big hole! :)



Meanwhile, we kept painting and painting. The biggest step to do before painting your cabinets, is to clean them. You can't even imagine the amount of grease and grime that needs to come off. If you are using latex paint, you also need to sand them down to barewood. I used my favorite, ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT to avoid the sanding step. After cleaning them good, we were able to go right to painting. Here's Jimmy! SEE!!! eventually he wasn't mad at me for starting the project! :)


The cabinet doors took 2 or 3 coats to cover because they were pretty dark wood. While they were drying, we finished working on the bases of the cabinets.



Jimmy's Dad came to the rescue and was able to close off our big hole above the sink. I made a valance (post coming soon) and it turned out exactly how I planned. I found a pendant light on amazon too! And...you can see below what we did with the bulkhead. Jimmy cut crown and other molding to dress it up! :)


And I ordered new hardware from Ebay! So here it is when the painting was all completed and the doors rehung! Remember, this is a MAJOR work in progress! The orangish tile floor, the coutertop, and the white ceiling fan will not be around for long!!!! Oh yeah, someone happened to blow up our old microwave (okay maybe it was me!!!!!) so we got a new one in the process. We went with stainless knowing that it wouldn't match, but we also knew that was what we were going to change all of the appliances to eventually. Probably pretty silly looking but it works with the counters and tile! :)





And a few more changes along the way. I LOVE black and white kitchens! And although this one is far from my dreams, I had another idea. We applied wainscotting to the "peninsula" area and painted it black!


MY BEST ASSISTANT!!! :)





AND DID YOU NOTICE ONE MORE THING???? I decided to leave the three cabinet doors on the right side of the kitchen OFF! I wanted the openness and cottagy feel! I LOVE this part! I love just reaching up and grabbing a glass or plate. It certainly isn't "styled" the way I want, but it works for now! :)

 Here is a better look!


So what do you think??? Ever thought of painting your kitchen! I know it is scary but it was fun and changed the entire look! I can't wait to share the changes as we get rid of the rest of the 80's personality! :) INCLUDING THOSE BAR STOOLS that the previous owners left behind!




Here are some close ups of the cabinets! Ya'll know I LOVE LOVE LOVE the distressed look so I used it here as well!


Counters next followed shortly by the FLOOR! Ugh....they drive me crazy!!!

If you have ANY questions about painting or anything else, email me! I would love to help!!!!

Heather

22 comments:

  1. Looks great! I have a perfectly good 3-year old stove top (electric) if you would like to have it. I am converting to natural gas in the kitchen, so I ordered a new Viking stove top. You are welcome to the electric stove top if it will help you.

    Aunt Shirl

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    1. Thanks Aunt Shirl! Wow...I wonder how I could get the stove top to fit in...so we would have to get a lower cabinet there, right? because it is just the cook top?? or is it the whole stove??

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  2. wow. That is amazing. I HATE my 1962 kitchen and thought it would be SO hard to update without costing $10k. I now have some inspiration!! I can start with the ugly cabinets. Thank you! I love your posts :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! The cabinets only cost about 100 to paint and redo....the money we spent was on the molding. You should give it a try!!! :)

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  3. I want those beautiful stools.

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    1. I think I could take a wild guess about who this is :)

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  4. Wow Heather! You are amazing!!! You give me lots of ideas!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! :) Are you coming to the Fick Dinner?? Hope to see you there!

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  5. Very nice work crafty mama ~ I really want to do a lot of the same to my office. You did a great job!

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    1. Thanks Tracy! Loving your blog! :)

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  6. Heather you have no idea how close this is to my own kitchen is!! I have been trying to find a picture of what I have envisioned for my "gotta see it to like it" Hubby. Thank you so much!! Because of this blog we are starting the cabinet work in a week!
    Dawn in Omaha

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    1. So? How is it going? I would love to know!! :)

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  7. Of course it looks absolutely beautiful Heather! I would not have considered doing the inside, but I think that was a great idea because the open cabinets really add a lot! You truly are quite artistic!

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  8. Hi Heather,

    This is Kasey's mom.... we saw you in Chili's about a year ago. You did an awesome job on the kitchen. Did you major in design or does it just come naturally? You definitely have the ability to turn a house into a home. I really enjoy your postings.

    Deb Thomas

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    1. Hi deb!!!! :) so glad you are checking out the blog too! Just a fun little way to share my crazy projects! :)

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  9. I just love it! I painted mine years ago and love it still to this day! I noticed that our handles and pulls are so similar. I love them on the white background. What a lovely way to do your upper cabinets and that bar, so very nice!

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  10. Fantastic! Could you tell me what paint and color you used? Also, how did you do the distressing?
    It looks amazing!

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    1. Hi! :)
      I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in "old white". It is so easy to distress before you seal it with wax. You simply rub the areas that you want to distress with sandpaper or a sanding block. It distresses easily and comes off as a fine powder in those areas! Hope that helps! :)

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    2. Thanks Heather! I found a store not too far from my home that carries Annie Sloan, I am going to shop this weekend! I hope I can make my kitchen look as great as you did! Where did you get the roman shade?

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  11. Looks incredible! Did you use the chalk paint inside the cabinets? If so, I assume you used wax inside the cabinets as well?

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  13. Kitchen showrooms are emporiums of grand illusion. The floors always glisten, countertops are uncluttered by coffemakers and the cabinets — wow! unfinished kitchen cabinets

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