Corporate by day, crafter by night. I am a self-proclaimed Creative Mistress. I often find myself on the clock, daydreaming about what project I will tackle next.
I married young and supported my husband through law school, all while birthing our two beautiful daughters – needless to say, we were on a TIGHT budget. I had to find creative ways to keep a nice home, throw memorable parties and fulfill my desire to constantly change my esthetic surroundings. My family often jokes that we lost square footage because I re-painted so often.
After YEARS of watching way too much HGTV, and LOTS of persuasion, I was finally able to get my husband on board for a small-scale kitchen makeover. Our house was built in 2004, so things were looking a bit outdated, and needed a fresh look. I knew I wanted white cabinets and couldn’t stand my ugly builder grade, peach counter tops – so they both had to go! I set out to research different counter and cabinet options for cost, quality and longevity –
- Rustoleum (cabinet & counter top) — mixed reviews
- Giani (cabinet & counter top) — sounded too good to be true!
- Concrete (counter top) — too expensive
I decided to go with Giani cabinet kit (coconut espresso), and Giani counter top kit (silicon sand). I purchased two kits of each, just to be safe. I purchased the counter top kits at Home Depot and the cabinet kits on Amazon. I LOVE amazon!
Because our cabinets were a horrible orange grain wood, and the hardware gold, to match its awfulness, it too had to go. I found reasonably priced hinges, pulls and handles on Amazon in an oil rubbed bronze.
- Bring kids to Grandma’s!
- Pour a cocktail – why not? the kids are gone!
- Remove cabinet doors
- Remove hardware
- Wash cabinets & frames with Windex
- Sand cabinets just enough to rough them up and remove build-up
- Lay cabinets front side down on a protected surface
- 2-3 coats on frames & back side of cabinets – also paint sides of cabinets (so that you can hang them up to paint the fronts)
- Re-install cabinets
- 3-4 coats on front side of cabinets
- Re-install hardware
Notes/After thoughts –
- I must remember that my husband is helpful, NOT handy.
- The paint dries very quickly (so do drips) so be cautious when layering coats to avoid blemishes.
- Keep a small container of paint in the kitchen for touch ups.
- White cabinets show MUCH more than wood. Be prepared to clean, clean, clean!
- If you plan to replace hinges, be sure to order the same mount (inside/outside) as those currently installed.
- Purchase cabinet stops, they will help limit scratching when the cabinets open/close
Counter tops –
- Scrub, scrub, scrub counter tops.
- Rinse any debris
- Tape off counters and around sink (be sure to have a good seal)
- Before bed, paint on the black primer coat (must dry for 8 hours)
- Layer on your three color, granite paint with provided sponge (must dry or 4 hours)
- Sand any bumps or uneven surfaces
- Apply poly coat 1 (must dry for 4 hours)
- Apply poly coat 2 (must dry for 4 hours)
- Use razor to remove tape
- Seal edges, and around sink with clear, paintable caulk
Notes/After thoughts –
- Corners are really hard to paint, I used a small paint brush to fill them in
- Don’t apply too much paint to sides, it WILL run
- Keep a little paint to touch up after you remove the tape
- Walls may need to be touched up after counters are complete
- Do not set appliances back on counters for a few days
- Be cautious of any standing water on counters for a least a few weeks
Now that I finally have my new kitchen, it’s on to my next project!