Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Kitchen Redo: COMPLETE

Last we talked I was slowly but surely self mutilating my wrists painting my kitchen cabinets. Well, lo and behold, I'm finally finished!

Lets revisit my kitchen...

Before:




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Horrible builder grade cheapy cabinets.







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As I expressed before, this was HARD. But in the end, it is completely worth it. Take a look!


After:








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These are the cabinets that were routed and glass was installed. I'll teach you how to do that soon.






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Overall, this was the biggest project I've tackled and it was time consuming. I used the same technique as my craft room table. But I am a million times more happy about my kitchen that I ever was before. I'd love to install crown molding and replace the back splash at some point. But I sort of want a break from mini-renovations for a bit.

However, I've got some tips and tricks to share with you!

Stick around for:

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How to light the TOPS of your cabinets

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Tips and tricks for hardware installation


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How you (yes, you!) can have glass fronted cabinet doors too!
 


I'm going to be linking up to:


P.S.-Thanks for sticking with me even though I've been sporadic. Just know I try to post only useful or interesting information and try to keep the clutter out. In other words, I don't talk to fill the silence. I want your stay here to be as helpful as possible, so please let me know if you ever have any questions. I love emails!!

35 comments:

Averill said...

Holy moly Kristina -- this is great! It seriously looks like you have a brand new kitchen. I kept asking myself, "did she replace the floor too? the wall paint?" It all looks a million times better and I love that you replaced some of the fronts with glass.

Brava!!!!!!!!!

::standing ovation::

Liz said...

Dang girl! You are my new hero! Seriously, I can't imagine all the time and effort and blood, sweat and tears that must have gone into that AMAZING transformation. And I'm with Averill, the glass-fronted cabinets are my favorite - amazing!

~ Liz
www.itsgreattobehome.net

P.S. Glad you survived the kitchen overhaul. :)

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!! I have been dying to see how it turned out and WOW, WOW, WOW, you certainly know how to knock our socks off. I LOVE IT!!!!! You really do deserve a standing ovation on this one (and kudos to you for taking your time and doing it right). I can't stop looking at the photos.

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

ha ha, I just noticed the 'PATIENCE' sign on top of one of the cabinets. I bet you developed some of that through doing this! (see, I am still here, I told you I couldn't stop looking at the photos - I am just about to email this link to my hubby to show him EXACTLY what sort of kitchen I am looking for...).

Desiree said...

DAMN GIRL!!! This was worth the wait! The kitchen looks amazing!! You should totally submit it to YHL or Better After - it's awesome!!

modern eve said...

this amazing -- i can not believe you did this yourself! looks so great!

rene said...

Wow that looks awesome!!!! We painted, or should I say my husband painted our doors white when we first moved in our home. I would love for him to replace some fronts with glass. My husband would love that too, ....cough,gag... not really but he's a trooper :) Can't wait to here the- how to- for that...
I'm a new follower :)

Rene'@
www.bargainhoot.com

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Holy smokes it looks wonderful. You did a great job. The white really changed the look of the place. YAY for all done.

Kristina at The Purple Pea said...

Y'all are so sweet! Thanks so much for the kind words. I'd hug each one of you if I could. Here.. *internet hug*

rene said...

Kristina,

This is a totally different subject .... but, how did you add that little P mark to all your photos?? I've seen others who have the same type of thing and always wondered how to add something like that to mine.

Thanks Purple Pea!!!

Kristina at The Purple Pea said...

It's all done in Photoshop. Pop me a email and I'll teach ya :)

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

They're stunning. You must be so proud. I'm planning on painting mine soon, too. I hope I don't slit my wrists! lol.

Katie said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE white cabs and yours are great, especially with the glass doors.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Just one word: A.W.E.S.O.M.E. !!!

mishebe said...

Wowee!! what a difference

Alyssa Barnett said...

Your kitchen looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks too!

Alyssa
lifeoflyssie.com

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh wow! I adore this project. What a wonderful metamorphosis.

Missy said...

wow. wow. wow! Great job!

Becolorful said...

This is seriously beautiful. I love the way the colors play against each other. Simple, clean and still dramatic. Nicely done.
Pamela

miss corner cape said...

looks fantastic. love it. came from met monday.

Sandy said...

my kitchen has been an on going project.. yours is spectacular and I'm very impressed....I want to know about the 'glass'... when can I come back to see how you did it?
Come see what I've been up to...
Sandy
http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/2010/04/look-what-i-found-in-trash.html

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Ooh my, This turned out beautiful! It looks like a whole new kitchen. Great job.

kayellen said...

wonderful~~a fab re-do!!

Smiles,
Kay Ellen

Katie C said...

I love your kitchen re-do! I fell in love with Kristin's blog and her kitchen a couple of months ago. Did you detail what primer, paint, and paint color you used? Share please if you don't mind! I'm gearing up to do this. (Not quite as brave as you and Kristin....yet!)

Kristina at The Purple Pea said...

Thanks guys for all of the sweet comments!! Really :)

It was a ton of work but worth it (even tho I may have posted otherwise previously :P)

If you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to email me. I want to help!

Katie C. this is for you:

Step 1. Kilz Oil Based Primer in white (
Step 2. Valspar Flat Latex paint in Swiss Coffee (7002-16)
Step 3.Minwax Policrylic in Satin

And a eggshell finish using Valspar in Woodlawn Silver Brook (5001-1B)

michiganhome said...

Hi,
I found you through Kristin of Uncommon Slice... I can only imagine what you went through to get this beautiful result, and I don't know that I'm up to it, (but I might be once I get a quote :)). But I was so interested because I have the EXACT SAME "before" cabinets. I've had them for ten years and have been wanting to paint them white for the past two. A couple of questions for you: 1. Did you do any sanding? 2. Do you still see the grain of the wood? 3. Did you choose to leave the insides the original color? Thanks so much for your feedback.
- Michiganhome

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

What a gorgeous makeover. I wanted to post a comment real quick to let you know that I am going to follow you -- I can't take a chance of missing any of your other renovations. I invite you to take a visit to my blog and if you are so inspired, please do likewise! Now I must take my time and read through this wonderful project!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Did you use the same color white as you did for your craft table AND if you had used a semi-gloss, would you have had to put the protective poly on it?

Kristina at The Purple Pea said...

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Michiganhome- 1. Yes, I used a orbital sander to rough up and take off some of the finish. If you don't, the primer won't have anything to hang on to and it'll scratch off easier 2. You can only see the grain of the wood if the light hits it the right way. Otherwise, the primer fills in a lot of the graininess. 3. I also primed, painted and polied the insides (with the exception of the cabinets above the fridge). A lot of people don't but I'm anal.

Jan- Yep! Same color as the craft table. It's a safe color for me I've found ;) I just use flat because the finish doesn't matter since I'm using a satin Polcrylic. So, I'm not sure if you doubled up on a semi-gloss and satin in the Poly if it'd make a big difference.

Danielle said...

I love it! You did such a good job. I saw you on Better After. I did this to my kitchen- amazing the difference! Great job!!!

Young and Crafty said...

What a stunning redo. It looks a million times better and even magazine worthy!

Hannah
http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

This is amazing! It looks so good I have builder cabinets too and want to get custom ones especially glass front ones!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Stopping by from Better After. LOVE the new look of your kitchen! Wow, what a difference. Great job :)

Anna See said...

Here from Better After! I love your kitchen transformation. I would love to do this in my own house.

Oonafey said...

Hey, just found you through Better After and wanted to tell you your kitchen looks amazing! Kudos on all the patience and hard work this project took.