Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Kitchen

The cabinet painting project is finally complete. [fist pump]

The shiny 80's oak? Gone. The very fake-looking wood paneling? Gone. A contemporary, cottage-y feel on a limited budget? Achieved.

First, the before shots. We took these pics when we were still house hunting.

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And here's one from just a couple of weeks ago.

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We never liked the cabinet color and finish. But we REALLY never liked the wood paneling on the sides and back of the cabinets.

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So we took the kitchen apart. We sanded. We painted. We bought new hardware. We spray painted hinges. We put the kitchen back together.

Then we rested. And enjoyed a visit from Josh's parents.

And then? We took off the trim and old paneling. We bought beadboard. We got it cut at Lowe's. We bought a jig saw. We cut a hole for an outlet. We sanded. We painted. We put it up. We put on the old trim (painted white to match.) We caulked. We touched up the paint.

And now? Here is what our kitchen looks like.

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Our cheap-o kitchen makeover ended up costing around $400. The total includes the purchase of an electric sander and jig saw, in addition to hardware, primer, paint, liquid nails, "real" nails, and beadboard.

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To us, it's $400 well spent.

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The fake wood paneling is GONE. Replaced by crisp beadboard, painted white. This might be our favorite part. But we're suckers for beadboard.

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Before and afters, for your viewing pleasure:

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Whew! It's done! Now on the next project. Any guesses what it is?

36 comments:

Paulina said...

Beautiful job guys! My guess is your next project will be the baby's room.

Alli and Phil said...

It looks AWESOME! Good job Jess!

Christopher said...

Gorgeous! The bead board is especially nice.

James Neff said...

Fantastic! Too bad the fax machine had to go...

SEHJ said...

THIS IS AMAZING!!! Great job Jessica and Josh!! Can't wait to see it in person someday!!!

Jeremy said...

Looks terrific. Is it just me, or does the countertop look less green now?

Jenner said...

wow, i am super super impressed. it looks amazing. i love the white.

Jon & Emily said...

AWESOME!!!!! I am a SUCKER for kitchen renovations!!! Isn't it so fun and rewarding?! You guys did a fantastic job... I love it.

Tom, Beth, and Ainsley said...

that looks amazing! You guys are so talented, I am amazed at all of the renovations you have been doing!

Janine said...

Absolutely beautiful! It looks like it cost a lot more that just $400. Nicely done.

Lynn said...

Your next career needs to be flipping houses. You guys would make a FORTUNE! Awesome job!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the make-over! It really stood out to me for some reason, but then I realized your kitchen has the same layout as the house I grew up in! It was a bungalow with 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and kitchen and dining room area upstairs, and then a half-finished basement downstairs. I'm wondering how similar the rest of the house is!

Maria said...

I'm a sucker for green. All for $400? Wow. Now that's the kind of contractor I need. So when can you start on my kitchen renovation? J/K! Nice job!

poiema at peace said...

Might I ask? How much did it cost to do the beadboarding?

Char said...

Love your kitchen makeover! May I ask where you got that light fixture in the dining area?

artsyfish said...

What do the inside of the cabinets look like? Did you paint them too? I've got the same cabinets and am very tempted to do the same!

Happy Dash said...

found your reno from YHL and I love what you did! We just finished our own kitchen reno (minus a new fridge), and boy was it a lot of work ... I love having a beautiful, new kitchen! Great job :)

RM of LMMP said...

Amazing! I didn't even notice your hard wood floors in the gloomy dark before photos.

Your new scheme brings them out and let's them shine!

Mama Mongoose said...

Yay for PW's cookbook I see on your counter. Do you love it?

Crazy Daisy said...

Beautiful!

Jessica Brown said...

it seems clear to me that i need to do a follow up post - complete with details on how we did the painting and how much each part cost. stay tuned!

Melanie said...

I saw your kitchen on young house love - you did such a fantastic job! We have the same cabinets and I'm just getting ready to prep them to go white as well - I love the beadboard you did as well!! Great job!

Katy said...

Love it! We are planning to paint our cabinets white as well (they are the same as your before) and this totally has completed my inspiration. Great job!

Dion said...

Wonderful job! A follow up post of EXACTLY how you tackled those cabinets would be really terrific. I'm hoping to redo similar cabinets that I have and would really love more pointers: did you you primer, sand & paint the insides, what color did you spray paint the hinges, etc??? Thanks so much!!!

Lori said...

I just popped over to your blog from YHL and I just have to say- WOW! Amazing transformation! I also have to say...I live in Columbus too (Westerville), so I was especially excited to see your blog highlighted on YHL.

Where did you get your saddle-seat bar stools? I love them.

Heather said...

Love the kitchen! What kind of countertops do you have? They look similar to mine, and I have been having a hard time deciding on a paint. Mine are Wilson Art HD Bella Venito

Penny Murray said...

Love your kitchen makeover!!!

Could you tell me where you found your counter stools? Love them!

Ashley Mutschler said...

I love it! I have a question: when you guys painted, did you paint the insides of the cabinets?

Life in Rehab said...

I found you on John and Sherry's blog...WOW! I love what you did, and the colors are amazing. I also love that you reused instead of replacing. Nice job, you have a new fan.

Melissa said...

It looks gorgeous!!! So bright and fresh looking. Great job!

Mrs. 5C said...

This is AMAZING! I'm a sucker for green. And the contrast with the white is TO DIE FOR. :)

Season said...

I also found your blog through YHL. I might do the same to our cabinets. I'm staying tuned for the follow up post of painting the cabinets (inside and out?) I hope it comes soon. :) Great job!

Brenna said...

Hi. Awesome job on your kitchen reno! I am gearing up to do exactly the same thing you guys did, beadboard and all! Can you tell me though, what type of beadboard you used? Was it the real wood ply-bead panel, or a primed hardboard panel, or the acutal tongue and groove stuff? I have also been toying around with the idea of beadboard wallpaper for the smaller, upper cabinet ends! Great job again!

Heathyr said...

I have a question if you could help:

I noticed your baseboard was painted white... did you pull it off, sand it down and then paint it? When I took a closer look, I noticed that near your dining room table the baseboard looks thicker - did you totally replace? How much was the cost?! I am dying to do this to our house but I haven't quite convinced myself as the entire trim, baseboard, and crown molding in the house would need to be painted as well as the hollow fake oak doors! AHH, lots of work. Any help would be appreciated!!

Anonymous said...

This was really interesting. I loved reading it.

Anonymous said...

Did you have to sand your cabinets before painting to get the paint to adhere?