Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Kitchen Redo

I have been absent from blogging for way too long!  But I'm back with an awesome project.  My husband had the summer off from school and on day one he began demo on our kitchen.
This is what our kitchen used to look like.
The cabinets, countertops and floor were all the same orangey-brown.
And now looking back, it was so dark.

Our plan was to replace the countertops and floor but to keep the cabinets and paint them.  So in preparation, we disassembled the cabinets and trim and labeled each piece.
Next up, we did lots of sanding and de-glossing.
We put up a plastic curtain to try to keep the dust out of the rest of the house...but that dust somehow finds its way everywhere!

And after many weeks of hard work here is the BEAUTIFUL after!  So bright and clean looking.

We decided to have hardwood floors put in to warm up the room and look more cohesive with the rest of the house.  And being in a kitchen, the floors have an extra layer of polyurethane.

I really loved the look of two toned cabinets so we went with a white for the uppers and a blue/gray for the lowers.

 I especially love our full wall of tile.  It really sparkles at night  :)

We replaced the original glass with seedy glass to give it a little more texture and dimension.

And since we have so much pattern with the tiled wall/backsplash we decided to go with a solid color Corian countertop.

Here's a look at the breakfast bar leading into the dining room.

The breakfast nook is so inviting now.

I found these two chairs on Craigslist for only $60.  I just had to reupholster the seats.

I already had this bench cushion made a few years ago...

...and then found this fabric at JoAnn's.  I think it matches perfectly!

This view shows our new back door and our final project of adding batten board to the back hallway.  All it needs is some paint and coat hooks.

I love the look of our integrated sink.  No seams!

As for the cabinet paint, we went with a satin finish and used 2-3 coats on top of a primer layer.  It was a long process but a necessary one to withstand its constant use.

The upper cabinet color is Muslin White by Glidden and the bottom color is Pencil Point by Behr.

I'm in love!

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  1. Beautiful!!! Wow. Everything about this is just stunning. I love the cabinet color, the breakfast area, and that beautiful tile. Great job! You are making me want to renovate my kitchen right now!

  2. Looks Fantastic Megan!I love the hex tile too. Great job you and your husband did.

  3. That looks so great. I love the lower color and the mix with the white uppers. So much better than before. And the breakfast nook is wonderful and light and bright!

  4. Oh, my goodness! Your kitchen looks amazing! Isn't it something what a little paint can do. I know this was a lot of work but oh how nice it all turned out! I'm sure you're enjoying. Now don't cook in it and mess it up! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. It looks so great!! I have been debating doing our kitchen in similar colors. I love how much it brightens everything up! Most get started on ours soon. So wonderful that you had your husband home to help with it.

  6. oh WOW! I'm dying to do the same to my kitchen! I'm too chicken though!

  7. You did an amazing job in that kitchen! You rocked the place! :)

  8. Wow! I'm sure you're thrilled with the results! It's beautiful!

  9. What a beautiful kitchen! I can't believe you did all of that yourselves. So, we had our kitchen cabinets painted white when we moved into our house and had the walls painted gray, and we already have white corian countertops, but now I'm loving the two-tone cabinets and white tiled walls. hmmm you make me want to make our corian countertops work as I always wanted to replace them with granite.

  10. Wow what an amazing kitchen. I love what paint can do. I painted my kitchen cabinets almost the exact colours last year, and I love it! The were a bad builder grade orangy oak colour before. I still have to add a tile backsplash, and I love yours!

  11. This is amazing! What a fantastic transformation. The white cabinets and wood floors completely changed the look of the room. Great job you guys :)

  12. Megan, this is beautiful! I work with Cassity at scheduling guest features and we would love to feature you and your kitchen. I normally email, but I couldn't find an email address for you... If you're interested in being featured, will you drop me a line at Thanks!

  13. looks awesome. what color is on the wall?