Kitchen Cabinet Before 2… and I must admit I was feeling pretty good about our project until I took a few photos and realized they don’t look as good in pictures as they do in person (I could be overreacting).

So I’m here to tell ya, I love the new look, but before you make any final judgement you should all just come over and see for yourself. Only come in groups of 5-10, because that’s about all our house can hold at one time. 🙂 Also, and I say this mainly for myself, this is just the tip of the iceberg for the cosmetic updates we’d like to make. Many more posts to come. (Hopefully sooner rather than later!)

Having aired my insecurities (thanks for listening), I will say the most amazing part about this transformation was that we did it all for $100. As you may remember, we’re budget-friendly over here, but even this low price tag amazed me.

I know you’ve been eagerly awaiting the details since I showed you the “before” look a few days ago, so I’ll get to it.

While I wish I could say we thought of, and executed this look all on our own, I have to admit we purchased a handy four-step kit at Home Depot. Painting Cabinets StepsOverall, pretty user-friendly.

First we cleaned and de-glossed, before measuring for the new hardware (you can find our pick for the cabinets, here). Painting Cabinets 3Then, it was onto the most tedious part of the project, painting. Making A House A Home 3Painting Cabinets 2Next we applied the decorative glaze – a step that’s completely optional, based on the type of look you’re going for – in our case, we wanted a more antique/off-white finish. With the kit we choose, if we chose not to apply the decorative glaze, our cabinets would have remained a more stark white. Painting Cabinets 4After you apply the glaze, you need to be ready to immediately wipe it off, so it doesn’t stain your cabinets a darker color than you want. Remember, it’s always easier to apply more glaze until you achieve the color you want, than to fix something that’s already too dark. Painting Cabinets 5Lastly, we applied a protective top coat, before letting the cabinets dry for a full day. It probably goes without saying, but be sure to pick a weekend where you know you can leave the cabinets in the sun to dry.

After Jeff rehung and installed the new hardware, our project complete!

Now for the finished project … but first, a reminder that this is what we started with … ↓Kitchen Cabinet Before 3… and here’s how it looked after a weekend’s worth of work. ↓Kitchen After 5Kitchen After 6Kitchen After 4Kitchen After 3Despite the summer heat, I think the work was more than worth it – definitely lightened up and transformed our small kitchen.

Like I said, we’re not finished with the kitchen just yet! Now it’s onto the counter tops, back splash, new appliances (possibly?), and painting! Is that all? I sure hope so.

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