Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kitchen Redo

Mike and I have been in our house for almost 5 years. We liked the kitchen when we moved in but it was starting to get tired. The paint on the cabinets was chipping, the counter tops were cracking and the white floor always looked dirty.

We were ready to remodel and we took a week off of work to get it done ourselves.

Kitchen remodel, painted cabinets, Olympic phantom mist, corian counter top, 18 x 18 peel and stick tile

Kitchen remodel, painted cabinets, Olympic phantom mist, corian counter top, 18 x 18 peel and stick tile

Kitchen remodel, painted cabinets, Olympic phantom mist, corian counter top, 18 x 18 peel and stick tile

The biggest expense with new solid surface counter tops. Mike ripped the old ones out and we had them installed by Lowes. They threw in a free deep stainless steel sink and we used our existing faucet. Mike did the plumbing.
The cabinets got a fresh coat of paint. We used Olympic phantom mist in semi gloss. This was a huge job. We primed first with a tinted primer and then put several light coats of paint on them.

The walls and the woodwork also were painted. The woodwork was natural wood before but in was in poor condition so we decided to freshen it up.

Mike ripped out our existing peel n stick floor and we laid a new one down with 18 x 18 inch tiles.
We had an unused nook that we hung shelves in. We got a board cut down in Lowes and painted it to match the cabinets. We hung them with shelf brackets we picked up in the shelving organization section. It makes the area so much more functional. The mini fridge was an awesome Craigslist find!

For our eating area we bought the bar table on Amazon and used stools my mom gave us that were previously in our basement. We added a wine rack that was in our dining room and shelves from a garage sale we updated with a fresh coat of paint. Then accessorized with pictures and plants.


Here are the before pics.







I may be linking up to one of these fabulous parties.

20 comments:

  1. i like the end result but i like the before too! my cabinets are also black and i have similar walls...i need new counter tops though...its pretty!

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  2. Thanks Ashley! We liked the kitchen at first too but it was starting to get tired. The paint was chipping on the cabinets and the countertop was cracking. New countertops makes such a big difference!

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  3. How nice--I like the cabs in both the before and after! Your floors look so much better. You and your husband did some very nice work. Enjoy those countertops, too!

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  4. Thanks Kim! We are very pleased with the floor came out.

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  5. How awesome.. I love it...I'm following ya officially from Motivate Me Monday At Keeping It Simple.. Lovely blog you have here.Can't wait to read more.. Hope you can stop by & visit me sometime / follow back.. TY So much.. Have a great week.Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com (following ya on pinterest too ;)

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  6. Looks great, what type of paint and finish did you use for the cabinets and trim? We are wanting to do ours and could use some tips. Also did you paint the inside of the cabinets?

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  7. @Marilyn- Thanks! I am following you too now.

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  8. @ReadTibits- We used latex semi gloss paint. We like the Olympic brand from Lowes. We sanded the cabinets with an orbital sander first and then put on really thin coats with a combination of a cut up sponge, foam roller and paint brush. We didn't paint the inside because they were in pretty good shape and we didn't want the extra work. We are planning on putting shelf paper down (eventually :P)

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  9. Oh and we primed the cabinets first before putting on the final color. That is a really important step in painting. It makes the color go on easier and stick better.

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  10. Turned out lovely. If you get a chance I would love you to link your kitchen up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  11. Love your new kitchen! Exactly what is the name of the color you used on your cabinets? Love them and want to do the same! Is is semi gloss? Congrats on your new kitchen!

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  12. Thank you! The color is phantom mist in semi gloss. It's Olympic paint from Lowes

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  13. Our kitchens could be cousins! Your counter is much nicer than mine but the color of the cabinets, the wall color, the 18" tile floor, and stainless steel appliances are all so similar. We painted the cabinets about 6 years ago and now they are a little chippy around the handles so we need to paint them again. Congrats for being chosen by "Under the Table and Dreaming" as one of the best posts of the week.

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  14. Thanks Miss Kitty! I'm so excited about being featured. How funny our kitchens are similar. We must have the same style :)

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  15. that looks great! i love the bistro table, too. what a cute little set up with that!

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  16. Thank you! We love eating dinner there :)

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