Someone had taken some kind of gel stain and smeared (for lack of a better word or technique) all over the kitchen cabinets. Well, not all the kitchen cabinets, there were two with nothing on them........I guess they ran out of stain. ?? :-/ ANWAY, we decided it was time to tackle that mess. Instead of sanding down all those cabinets we used this......
This one is called paint deglosser, but the one we actually used was called liquid sandpaper. (pretty much the same thing) It works like a charm! :)
We primed the cabinets with Zinser Primer. (sorry, no picture of the primer, I used every last drop) :) I can honestly say that was the stinkiest, thinnest stuff I've ever used, but it did work. If you have a primer you like better, then go ahead and use it...this stuff was like water....but like I said, it did the job just fine.
I was going to show you the front of my paint can so you could see the name of the paint, but.....it was totally covered in white paint, do you paint like that too? By the time I get finished you can't see the label anymore! :) I did manage to get a couple of shots to show you what kind we used. It's from Sherwin Williams and it's called Pro Classic Bright White. It goes on like an oil based paint and self levels to a nice hard, non yellowing finish. I love this stuff!
Here's the back of the can....I actually didn't paint over this part!
Okay, here we go.....here's some more before pictures. These two photos were taken through the window BEFORE we got the keys to the house.... yes, I peeked in the windows almost daily to decorate in my mind. :) If you'll notice the ceiling's, the previous owners took everything when they moved, even the light fixtures. That ceiling fan in the living room was the ONLY light fixture in the entire downstairs! (but don't get me started on everything they took......like all the appliances! Except that microwave they couldn't figure out how to get off the wall!) You need to take note of the cabinets, backsplash and wallcolor. :) (cause it's gonna change!!!)
This is a pic of the cabinets with a straight on view. Please pay close attention to what we did to the upper cabinets. (you're gonna like it, I guarantee it!) LOL Also, just so you know, I had to move the cabinet by the door, over by about 3 inches. The stove area wasn't centered under the microwave........who does such a thing!!? It's centered now.....I'm too OCD to leave something like that! :)
Before we started painting, we decided to do something cool to the top doors on a couple of the cabinets. We took a router and cut out the inside panel, it wasn't too hard either. We just routered close to the edge and then the part of the panel inside the groove of the door pulled on out. Then we set the router to a more shallow depth and went around the inside of the door, leaving the outside untouched. This was so the glass would have an indention to set into.
Here a picture of the inside of one of the doors before glass. (actually this is a finished door we didn't put glass in, that's why it's painted. I just wanted to give you a before shot.) :-D
Here's a pic of the inside of a door panel after we routed it out and put the glass in. We painted the doors BEFORE we put the glass in, then we used a clear silicone to hold the glass in place.
Notice the little lip we left in tact on the front of the door......you can see it if you look through the glass. This is obviously the back of the door your looking at.
Notice the little lip we left in tact on the front of the door......you can see it if you look through the glass. This is obviously the back of the door your looking at.
Here's a pic of the upper cabinet with the glass in place! :)
These are the knobs I chose. I got them from Ebay! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ebay! :) (if you read this blog, you probably already know that! LOL)
Here's another shot of the two upper cabinets we put glass in, these are the only two that got glass. I thought it gave it a look like matching built in hutches. :)
Inside each of the cabinets I took out the shelves and cut out sheets of beadboard that fit perfectly into the back of the cabinets. I didn't attach them with anything so I could take them out and repaint them at a later date if needed......when the shelves are replaced, they hold the back in place perfectly! I painted it a lovely powdery, pastel pink...........what other color is there?! :)
Here's the other cabinet with glass.......I use it for some of my favorite dishes and glassware. Oh and my antique glass rolling pin filled with pink rose potpourri. :-)
Here's the backsplash we put in.......you can find the post for the backsplash here. The backsplash changed the kitchen almost as much as painting the cabinets. Go back and look at the photos to see what was on the wall BEFORE the tin backsplash. EGADS, not very cottage-y! The total price for the backsplash was about $110-$120.00 at Lowes. You can find it in the cabinet department.
Here's some more backsplash pictures.
We also got new countertops..........I picked a nice neutral gray color. Wish we could have gotten a gray granite, but the budget didn't allow it this time. (something we can do later when funds allow)
AND here's some final photos of our finished kitchen! Yay, hooray, yipee.....can you tell I'm a wee bit excited it's all done. Well, I'm sure I'll tweak it some more, but the major stuff is complete!
If you like this island and want to know how to make it, go here.
I'll be blogging about some of my things in the kitchen individually later, just couldn't wait to show you the overall shots and the how to part!
I'm linking up to My Romantic Home's Show & Tell Friday & Ms Mustard Seed's Creative Blog I was honored to be mentioned at the Cozy Little House Welcome Wagon Friday! Thanks so much! I've also hooked up to Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch & Make Your Monday at Twice Remembered & The DIY Showoff & The Lettered Cottage room re-do.
Have a blessed day!
Melissa, your kitchen looks STUNNING and totally different! It suits your personality now so much better! I LOVE your backsplash. My parents had a gameroom with a pool table in it and cathedral ceiling that were all pressed tin...it was gorgeous!
Wow, what a difference! It looks so much better! I'm sure it was a lot of work but it was sure worth it! You must be thrilled with how it turned out!
Oh, thank you so much for posting the before, after and products you used. I've been trying to get my DH to agree to painting our cabinets, but he didn't like the idea. I showed him your post and he's finally agreed. Yahoo!! Thank you so much! Yours are BEAUTIFUL!
Great transformation. What a cute kitchen with vintage touches.
Holy cow that is a transformation! Wonderful so bright and cheery!
Hi Melissa- just heard about you on Cozy Little House and I've really enjoyed reading your blog! Your kitchen turned out beautifully! I'm looking forward to reading more!
Such an undertaking...I hate to paint. My hubby does not mind painting but he is not a perfectionist and does things~so~so.
Your kitchen looks great. All of the cabinets in my house are a maple stain and I am not up to the task for painting them all...at this point I am working around the color~lol
Oh my! Your kitchen came out so beautiful! Love how light and bright it is! I'm taking notes (and bookmarking your blog) because a kitchen remodel is in my future within the next few months. I dread the "during" but will be happy with the "after" if it comes out as nice as yours.
Beee Yu Tee Full!!! I love your backsplash! What a gorgeous kitchen, I'd be cooking and baking all day long!
Wow, You put alot of work into your kitchen and did a fantastic job!! So Beautiful and Charming! Bella
Oh my goodness, Melissa, your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the white cabinets and I ADORE those glass knobs! I'm going to be doing my kitchen over in the not too distant future, and yours is very similar to what I have in mind, including the backsplash! Good job! Thank you for sharing.
Wow, what a beautiful kitchen! I adore the backsplash!!
Hi Melissa, I can see why you loved Laura's house so much...your kitchen colors and styles are so similar. What a terrific job you and hubby did...it looks beautiful. I love the knobs and the backsplash.
I'm blown away - it looks amazing! Absolutely love it. :) Nancy
What a difference! Your kitchen is so bright and cherry! You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, just wow! Your kitchen turned out sooo cute! And can I just say that I *love* the island top?
I love the way it brightens up the room. Great kitchen. Great work room!!! Love it!!
What a fabulous job! I came over from Brenda's blog. You should hook this post up to Met. Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. It's a great one to show off! We have the same backsplash in our kitchen only it's in copper. Cindy
What a difference a little paint and some hard work can make, It looks Fab!
I am the same as you, I love to paint everything.
Melissa.....What a transformation! It looks absolutely wonderful! We painted the cabinets in our last house and it was a very small kitchen.....ALOT OF WORK! I would love to do the cabinets where we live now(alot more cabnets) but I think we are just going to do the island very soon. I posted about it late last summer but my neck problem prevented me from getting started on it. However, it is our Spring project this year! Thanks for the inspiration!~Patti
Wow what a difference! I am about to undertake an overhaul (diy of course!) of our cottage kitchen, so this is great motivation. Especially like the glass cabinets - very nice touch. Thanks for sharing!
excuse me, but i'm having a hard time believing that is even the same kitchen ;)
AWESOME makeover. i officially want to come and steal that backsplash. love love love it.
Wow what a transforamtion. So much lighter now... and that backsplash and knobs work wonderfully.
So pretty...just like out of a magazine!!
Oh my your kitchen looks wonderful! So bright and charming!! I love it! what an amazing transformation!
Painting kitchen cabinets is a monumental task, but your results are worth all the effort. What a great transformation! This is my first visit to your blog. Brenda sent me and I am glad she did. Welcome!!
Susan and Bentley
Oh that back splash is sooooooooo gorgeous!
Btw, I came by because of This sweet Welcome Wagon Lady.
what a difference...I love it, just gorgeous!!!! I have that same backsplash, it was the easiest to put up. My cabinets are needing some paint love, thanks for the info on the paint!
wow what a transformation! Great Job! I love the white!
Two thumbs up you two!
That redo is wonderful!
It makes the kitchen brighter and welcoming and HAPPY!
I wanna come have tea with you to celebrate a job well done!
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Question about the tin backsplsh I have been looking at it and wanting to use it in our kitchen.....how hard was it to put up and is it paintable? Can you cut it easily?
I'd love it in white!
Pat yourselves on the back ....that kitchen is amazing!
I lOve how your kitchen turned out! You must be so happy with it! I love the splash back too, it adds alot of charm. You did an excellent job, I just love white... take care, Maryann
How completely charming! Looks like a page straight out of a magazine, girl! Where did you get that wonderful kitchen island. I'm over the moon for it. You two are really good at this.
Hi there, this my first time visit to your blog!
You have a pretty blog...love this post...what a difference from the before to the after!!!
I love doing thing up too and get so much pleasure when I see the end product.
You must really enjoy spending time in this kitchen now!
Hey Melissa! Oh my gosh! I just love and adore your kitchen. I was working...took a quick look at your site...yanked my husband over to have a look too! hahahaha....Oh my gosh I told him you have got to see what she has done...and look there is her husband in the picture too! Big smile....he just rolled his eyes...but he did look at the pictures. What a great job you have done! Wow. Everything is so beautiful and I have got to get me some of that silver backsplash!!!! It looks lovely...everything does. great job.
Have a blessed weekend.
I'm loving your kitchen makeover! Can you show more pictures of the kitchen window?
Somebody close my mouth for me, because it is hanging open!!! LOL I don't think that I've ever seen such a kitchen transformation in all of my life and I love everything... The glass in the doors is my favorite. You make it sound so simple, but it would take us 10 years to complete something like that. We wouldn't even attempt it, tee hee.....I love your pink pot on the stove. What's cookin???
thanks for the fantastic pix.
ANDREA at My Feathered Nest
you are amazing!!
what a beautiful and wonderful transformation!!
Love your kitchen makeover! I have the same backsplash! I love it!! I have a country kitchen, but I love yours!!
I love the white cabinets, but my husband would have a heart attack if I tried that. He worked at a cabinet factory for 20 years assembling oak cabinets, and he is so proud of ours, he would die a natural death if I even mentioned painting them. Love seeing all the pictures of your home.I see we have a lot of similar ideas in decorating.
You guys are making me blush! :-) Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments, I have enjoyed reading them all and even laughed out loud over a few of them! I'm glad my kitchen has inspired a few of you to take on projects you were putting off! (gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside) :-D
If there are parts of the kitchen you'd like to see closer, just stay tuned, I'm going to be blogging about some of the smaller things I've done in there on some more posts. :)
Thanks again for your kind words...you guys are so enthusiastic!!! :)
Looks fabulous! I love, love your island. The pink is beautiful. Great job and I'm jealous.
Wow! What a beautiful transformation! I love the tin backsplash and how you painted the beadboard pale pink and put it behind the shelves in your gorgeous white cabinets, so pretty!
Your makeover looks great :-) Adding glass to the upper cabinets really was a really good idea. And I love that you painted the interiors of those cabinets. The tin backsplash is really nice.
I posted our kitchen makeover for Met Monday too :-) Only we were wimps and had our doors & drawers spray painted at a shop!!
Kelly @ DesignTies
I'm in awe. That is one amazing before and after. The glass cabs are divine!
what a cute kitchen and i love the tin back slpash specially with white.
Your kitchen turned out fabulous. Love the cabinets white!
Yeah You! What a metamorphisis! Especially the touch of the backsplash. Great job. Congrats!
What a wonderful metamorphosis! I love the touches of pink and green and the transferware in your cabinet! It turned out so pretty! Please visit my blog sometime...it's centered around transferware! Thanks for showing, and sharing, your remodel.
I just found your blog from BNOTP and I love it. I am your newest follower!
Wow!~ I have just popped over from BNOTP and I'm ever so glad that I did!.., I'm loving what you are doing with your fabulous kitchen redo!!.,
You are most warmly welcome to pop over to visit my dear; this week I have posted my own original Perfume Bottle art, as well as my dressing table and 'part one' of my extra storage area before and after pics of my closet!
Also, tomorrow is my 22nd .'Tuesday Tea For Two' at my 'The Plumed Pen' blog and you are most warmly invited to either partake and/or to visit!
Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen
P.S. I have just become a follower.
Such a huge change! Your kitchen is so light and airy now, great details too.
Boy, those cabinets were a mess. The kitchen looks totally different with the white cabinets, glass knobs and tin backsplash. You did a wonderful job!
What a lovely transformation. Love the glass doors, the blushing pink bead board inserts, the back splash and those great glass knobs. Just beautiful.
Hi Melissa Just had to say ya'll did an awesome transformation to your kitchen! I have been working in stages on mine, have the same back splash you have! I have been debating between painting my cabinets white or black but after seeing yours I think white wins! one question though...did you roll or brush the paint on the cabinets? Kathy
I actually used both brushes and rollers. (rolled more than brushed...I hate to paint! lol) I bought the little three or four inch rollers from Walmart. You can get either sponge rollers for them or plush one...I used the plush. We used the disposable sponge brushes. :) Hope that helps! I'm glad our kitchen inspired you to go white! :)
I had to come back AGAIN and tell you how fabulous this looks! AND a huge congrats on being featured at the DIY show off AND Remodelaholics! Go Melissa, GO Melissa!
Thanks Robin! :) I feel like I have my own little cheerleader! LOL You're the best!
OOPs, that would be Robyn! :-D
Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!!
After reading so much detailed post, my heart is willing to re do the paint in kitchen even it is not required yet.
wow! your kitchen looks great! I am painting my cabinets white. I think I have the exact same stove as you, only mine is almond :(
our fridges are very similar too.
I hope my kitchen turns out as well. I don't know what kind of backsplash I'm doing yet. I currently have none (drywall)
hai, i'm from malaysia, u inspired me to do an island. i have a study table that i think i would turn it into an island,it already has drawers.i love ur blog.. tanxxx alot for a great idea
I cannot tell you how relieved I am to see that picture of the EZ Paint Deglosser. I've stretched out painting my kitchen cabinets over a year and a half and I'm down to the only set that needs stripping. I've lost all motivation. So I'm heading to Lowe's to check this deglosser stuff out. 2011 just might be the year the kitchen gets finished!! lol! THANK YOU!!
Thanks YogaMama...hope you find it and get those cabinets all done! :0)
Nice job! I love the white cabinets. I just painted mine last week- but black!
VERY cute!!! Great job! I love how you "stalked" your house before you got the keys!! lol.
I also love how much light you have coming in!
Melissa! I love your new updated kitchen! You need to give your hub hub a big kiss! I have pink kitchen ware from the early 1960's, maybe I should give them to you. It would match!
That kitchen is like a breath of fresh air with the new paint color, the glass doors, etc. I can't believe that the previous owner did that to the cabinets!!! And they took all that stuff with them when the moved? That's crazy! Well, all your hard work definitely paid off. Your kitchen is lovely.
Visiting from Addicted2Decorating's link party and love your kitchen cabinets! Great job!
I love your matching glass cabinets. You did a beautiful job on your cabinets. How sweet everything looks.
So pretty! I love white kitchens. :-) I had an antique white kitchen in Australia, and we had changed all the handles to pink glass ones only a few months before we moved. :-( I like our kitchen here, but I miss the glass handles!
Your kitchen looks beautiful! You did an excellent job!
This was an absolutely gorgeous makeover!! It has inspired my husband to get started on our kitchen! One question...did you use a brush to paint the cabinets? (you can email me or leave a comment on my blog.)
I believe I found you through pinterest, so glad I did!!
I just found your blog and I am hooked! I am following you...this post was amazing because I am smack dab in the midst of redoing my kitchen. I have been taking before pics. Last night I primed all the 'cherry wood' cabinets and are painting them white and it is even the same as the Sherwin Williams that you picked. lol. I am going with chrome pendants lights above the island and not sure about our backsplash...thinking of white but yours is awesome! I also am doing one set of cabinets that will have glass...anyway this post was perfect for me since I am in the middle of doing this! Stop by my blog in a a couple weeks because I will hopefully have a before/after post to share! (hopefully I will be done by then!)
White paint is awesome...Great makeover!
Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing. I love cottage style-love it..
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