Kitchen Makeover

Aug 18, 2012

This is my kitchen before the makeover with the 90s pickled finish, laminate countertops, and boring white tiled backsplash.  We had put it in stainless steel appliances several years earlier.  I knew I wanted to change this kitchen the minute I laid eyes on it, but I was scared to paint perfectly good cabinets just because I didn't like the color.  I waited until my kids roughed them up enough that I didn't have an excuse any longer.  I can now say I wish I had done it sooner!

Here it is after:

We put in Uba Tuba black granite countertops before we painted. I've heard reviews that it can have a green tint to it, but ours is black with flecks of white and tan. The countertop on the island was extended to make a bar area.  It's a great place for the kids, but it's also a nice place for company to sit while we're preparing dinner.

We hired professional painters to come in and spray the cabinets, which was a great decision because the finish is so much better than what I would have done with a roller. The paint is a cream color from Valspar called White Dove we had color matched at Sherwin Williams. It's creamier than Benjamin Moore's Dove White, but more white than Sherwin Williams Creamy.

My husband and I put in the backsplash ourselves. We knew we wanted beadboard, but weren't sure how it would hold up behind the sink and stovetop. We decided to use white subway tile behind those areas instead. The brackets under the cabinets aren't just for decoration. They also hide the transition between the tile and beadboard.  We bought the brackets at Home Depot, but trimmed a board to fit behind them so it would extend all the way to the countertop to completely cover the seam. 

The beadboard also extends into the breakfast area.  We used the packaged MDF panels from Home Depot.  We had put real wood beadboard panels in our powder room, but they started to warp and buckle soon after we installed them.  After researching, we found out that MDF may be a better choice.  It's been six months and the MDF backsplash has held up perfectly.

We do have a few more things to do in the kitchen, but it's mostly done.  We are planning on having island lights installed, the ceiling painted, and "feet" added to the cabinets.  The floor is brand spanking new, too.  It's actually a ceramic tile made to look like wood.  More on all that later!

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