Sunday, July 14, 2013

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Part 1

I bet you thought we'd never get around to showing you our "new" kitchen cabinets did you? Well, here's where we are today.  Not finished, but getting there!
This is the primed state they live in today.  There is still a long way to go to completion.  We still have more cabinets to hang and trim and prime and so on!
This is what our kitchen looked like when we toured our home before buying. Would it have scared you away? Not us, we knew we could make it pretty one day.
We started by removing the faux soffit and nasty popcorn ceilings.  This made the room look so much bigger.  Of course its been over 2 years since the beginning and we've done this and that along the way.  See the floor tiling HERE and how we built a corner cabinet HERE.
For the cabinet makeover we decided to take down one cabinet at a time, finish it and then re-hang it.  We only work on the remodel on the weekends so we still have to have a functional kitchen along the way.  The first cabinet took the least amount of time to makeover.  Why?  No door to build!  Either dinner plates were not as big back in the early 80's or our dinner plates are huge because they did not fit in the cabinet with the doors closing all the way.  This cabinet will not have a new door, it will remain open.
First we had to remove the dorky looking vampire teeth design from the lower cabinet.  This meant a total dis-assembly, trimming them down and reassembling them.
Tah-dah! Much better now!  It made the cabinets look instantly more modern with clean lines.  No more dorkiness either! Ha!
Since we were leaving this cabinet open, my honey added a little strip of wood to each shelf to make it level from top to bottom for a smooth, clean look.
Next I puckied all the holes and gaps with Elmer's wood putty, let that dry really good and then sanded it smooth for a nice new start for paint.
Here it is all primed and ready for paint.  Since these cabinets were originally stained, I used Zinsser's stain blocking primer.  It's good stuff!  I will be painting the cabinets the same color we used on the laundry room cabinets.  You can see that HERE.
We are still working on the cabinets today, but we are a lot closer to completing them so I can start painting soon! YAY!  Join us next week for more cabinet makeovers!

Would you like to see more about our kitchen remodel?
Tiling Our Kitchen Floor
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 2
Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 3
Building a Corner Cabinet
Building a Drop in Kitchen Cabinet
Installing a Farmhouse Sink
Pantry Remodel
DIY Mosaic Tile Backsplash

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. My favorite is the Saltines canister! I love those...and old milk bottles. :)

  2. You have some real guts! lol We were going to remodel our kitchen but my fiance had a massive stroke. I keep looking at everyone elses. I will live through all of your talented and creative people. Great post. I am a new follower. Have a great evening.

  3. You guys are troopers because it takes a lot of time and hard work to finish cabinets. Keep up the good work!

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Sharon and Denise ♥
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  4. Great job! One day I might tackle to kitchen. After all of the work we put into our new office I'm beat!

    Thank for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Hope to see you again this week.

  5. It probably would have scared me off, but then again we did completely remodel our kitchen a few years ago! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

  6. I love the makeover you gave the cabinet! Looks great!! I love that you took on making over the kitchen. What a big task. You have given me some motivation!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation. Your post got the most views so I will be featuring it at tonights link party!

  7. I initially came to your blog to read about your bathroom wood vanity top. It is exactly what I had in mind. It's uncanny because I'm using actual barn boards from my barn and that is the look I hoe to achieve. Even more exciting is while looking for part 1 of the vanity top (my link took me to art 3)I stumbled on your kitchen makeover and WOW! It is the exact look I'm going for. I removed some bead board from the laundry room to use on my cabinets with shaker style trim and planned for the exact same finish. If that wasn't enough I purchased linoleum exactly like your tile and my walls were already painted the same shade of yellow. What a bonus to be able to see my ideas in progress as completed in your blog. Thank you for sharing.

    1. You're very welcome and yes, that is so awesome! We are currently still working on our home, it seems to be a never ending project! lol! Good luck with your home projects and I hope we've given you some good ideas! :)


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