Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Before & After"- Kitchen redo...

Sneak peek, getting out my favorite dishes for Nick's B-day.


Not bad, but boring and wanting a change. The honey Alder cabinets are outdated and sunbleached, I would've liked them better if they were Knotty Alder. I picked these out almost 7 years ago while our home was being built.

And After... Ta, Da!

my mostly white kitchen.

It makes my kitchen look larger with a classic charm and brightness I was after.

I heart my new kitchen! I might add stainless steel appliances down the road, but I'm happy with the white ones we have now, so I'll wait until they need replacing. I also have some white subway tiles picked out for the back splash, and some clear glass doors for the cupboards above the cooktop. Then a few hanging lights over the island for that final touch. I'm thrilled how the pewter hardware, light porceline tile and Avonite counter tops compliment the white & green cabinets.

I went back and forth deciding whether to paint the island white or the "Lemon Pepper" color I chose (grayish green). I like the green, it breaks up the monotony and gives it some character and a focal point. We had fun antiquing /distressing it then gave it a Polyurethane gloss finish. All the natural light from the breakfast nook makes it stand out.

It's a messy job. This was truly a labor of love for Paul! He was fine with the Alder cabinets and probably thought I was crazy at first for wanting to paint them white. Isn't he the best? Thanks hon for going w/ me on this and help making it look fabulous! It was a big job and as picky as you/we are, it took awhile. But we had fun working together and combining our ideas, even if we stayed up way too late and was ready to be done, it was fun and all worth it.

Our garage turned into a work station.

I've wanted a white kitchen for awhile now and was motivated by Kim's (3 Peanuts) kitchen posts to finally do it, thanks Kim! Paul sprayed all the cabinets with 3-4 layers to get the smooth shiny look, and I painted the island green with some distressing & antiquing. It took us a couple of week-ends (twice as long as expected) and the cost was less then $400 (which includes buying the sprayer). I'm pleased with the fresh change and nice upgrade to our home, it looks professional. What do you think of the change?


Laryl said...

LOVE the new look!! You're a genius!

Becky said...

I love your kitchen...maybe I will try it next! Beautiful!

SSBenjamins said...

Your kitchen looks great, what hard workers you are. We have been in our house almost 6 years and still have not painted the bathrooms. You guys are great.. Love the new look

Kate said...


I am coming out of lurkdome to say...great job on the kitchen!!! It looks fabulous!!! I had a few questions about the painting of the cupboards....what type of paint did you use? Any top finish or just the 3-4 layers of paint?? I am thinking of trying this myself, but am a little apprehensive. Yours came out so professional looking!

Your girls are darling...and I love your blog!!! Thanks for any suggestions!!!!

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Thanks guys. Now I don't want to mess it up w/ all that cooking stuff- jK, it's great cooking in a new fresh Kitchen.

Kate- We used a water base paint. Most the research suggested oil base, but I'm so glad we went with water base. It's less messy and still gives you great results and easy upkeep, waterbase has improved a lot. We didn't use a top-coat on the white cabinets, only the green island. After experimenting with a few different paints, we went w/ Behr Premium 100% acrylic latex. Spraying it on was key to get the nice professional shine. Many thin layers with no brush marks. We custom matched our color but it is close to the "Almond Cream" color.

A few tips- sand & clean well, primer first, thin your paint if you spray it (w/ water), 3-4 thin layers, lightly sand (300-400 grit) and dust w/ tac cloth in between all layers. It takes awhile and a lot of patience, but so worth it. Good luck, I'll be checking your blog.

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VERY NICE! I think it is a great new look. I think it would look awesome with green wall behind the cabinets to tie in the green island. Were you planning on doing anything like that?

3 Peanuts said...

You did a BEAUTIFUL job. I LOVE the color of the island. That grayish green is so pretty!!!! It looks so much brighter and up to date. I am really, really impressed!!!!! Thanks for sharing the photos:)


The Boyacks said...

I am so glad that you posted pictures! Your kitchen looks Fabulous!!! I love the new look and I love that you and Paul did it together. It is beautiful and I am sure that you love being in your newly done area! How fun. Your girls are getting so big - cant believe that they are reading. They are dolls!

Jill and Jer Sorhus said...

Awesome! Love the kitchen!! It was all worth it right?! I'm telling myself this as I am finishing our remodel! you have great taste!

leslie the licorice stick lady said...

Very nice Dianne! Sorry it took me so long to comment about it. I like!

Kelli said...

I am too scared to do that but it is so beautiful. I wish you could come give me some tips on our masterbedroom and living room and kitchen. well the entire house. heheh

Ashley said...

I am Jenny Boyack's cousin and she referred me to your blog when I posted about wanting to do my cabinets. Thanks for your great post. What type of sprayer did you get? Did you leave the backsides of the cabinet the regular wood color? If so, does it bother you? I like how you covered the open cabinets for spraying. Did you tape the paper onto the insides?

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