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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My {Kitchen Cabinet} Transformation!

 I am sooo excited to share with you  what has been keeping me a little pre-occupied recently.  I knew I wanted to change the look of our kitchen...but was a little hesitant on how to do it.  Sooo finally I just decided to dive in...and go for it.  Here's a peek at what I've been working on:

My hubs and I...

then  painted a whole-lotta these...


And...


Do ya want to see how it turned out??!!





Phew!!! 
 It was a LOT of work...but I LOVE how it turned out...and am  sooo glad we did it!!  It is AMAZING what a little work and paint can do!

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87 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL!! We're knee-deep in our own kitchen renovation right now, and I've been trying to convince my husband that we need to do that exact thing to our cabinets! Your post may win him over.

    Can I ask if you used any specific primer and how well you sanded the original cabinets? And did you brush or spray them?

    Aloha!

    Charlie

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  2. It looks AMAZING! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  3. Wow! I love it! I'm interested in your canisters. Where did you get them and could you possibly send me a close up picture of them? We're in the middle of a kitchen re-model now and I'm looking for new canisters. Thanks!

    kswin33 at gmail.com

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  4. This looks amazing!! Fabulous job!!

    kisses
    heather

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  5. what! what a transformation! i have always wanted a white kitchen! it looks fantastic!

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  6. That looks wonderful!! I'd love to do that to my cabinets! I bet it was a lot of work, but as you said, totally worth it! :) - Karen

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  7. Looks absolutely fantastic! Kudos to you for having the courage to finally go for it.

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  8. So smart what a great idea it turned out amazing!

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  9. Well done, a beautiful transformation! We are looking to paint our kichen cabinets white also. I just love the bead board idea. Thanks for sharing your fabulous remodel.

    Btw, love the canisters also!

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  10. LOVE it!! I have been trying to convince my hubby to paint our cabinets, but they are only 5 years old....
    Your kitchen looks amazing!

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  11. It looks beautiful! I want to paint mine white too but I don't have my husband completely convinced yet! You got the perfect color of bright white that I want. It looks fabulous!

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  12. Thanks so much for all of your nice comments! :)

    As far as what paint I used...and the steps, we actually used Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations that we bought at Home Depot. With those kits...you can have them tint to the color choices they offer.

    With that kit...you don't have to sand at all! Which I was VERY happy about. We first had to scrub-degloss the cabinets...then wipe clean...then paint 2 coats{in some places 3 coats}...then it also comes with a glaze to wipe on your cabinets if you want that older antiqued look...then you apply a final clear coat.

    It was a lot of steps...but was worth it in the end...and easy on the budget.

    Also we used a GOOD quality paint brush to apply all the paint.

    And as far as the canisters go...I bought those at a store that was going out of business which they used them to hold potpourri that they sold. They even came with a cute old fashioned looking scoop. I just added the vinyl "sugar" "flour" and "goodies"!

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  13. Looks great! I love white cabinets and how much they open the room up. :)

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  14. Looks great, I have been wanting to do this to my kitchen too, Now I know where to start!! Love the cute Scentsy warmer on your cupboard too!! ( I am a Scentsy consultant can you tell!! I love to see them everywhere!! )
    Megan
    www.meganbourne.scentsy.ca

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  15. I love it! White kitchens are great!

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  16. Oh wow! I have been trying to convince my hubby to let me do this to our kitchen. He thinks it would look awful because we have all white appliances, but yours look just fine! I LOVE the beadboard!!!Did you get it at Home depot too? Thanks soooo much for posting this!

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  18. You are my angel, did you know that?? I have laminate counter tops with the wood trim and have found NOTHING online on what to do with it if/when one paints their cupboards... until YOU!
    The black looks fantastic!!!
    I'd love to hear how you did it, what paint you used, all that jazz. Thanks!!
    GREAT JOB!

    RachAHansen at msn dot com

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  19. I love it. wish you could transform my house when I have one.

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  20. Hi i just came across your blog and wanted to say your kitchen looks amazing!!! i love home renovation projects. you guys did a fabulous job.

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  21. Holy smokes! WHAT a transformation! I have yet to see beadboard look bad - its amazing stuff! You both did such a great job! :O)

    ~ www.billiemonster.com ~

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  22. What a BEAUTIFUL transformation! You are amazing!
    http://ladycreate-a-lot.blogspot.com/

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  23. holy smokes, stacie!! that's GORGEOUS!!! i know how much work that must've been..it was WELL worth it!! love!!!

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  24. Amazing! Doesnt look like the same kitchen!

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  25. Wow! Looks great! I have the same type cabinets and would love to give them a makeover!!

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  26. Hey Rachel!!
    haha...you are awesome :)

    I just used the left-over paint that I used to paint my bath vanity here:

    http://thecreativecrate.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-bathroom-makeover-info.html

    ...and it has worked out great! But...check this out:
    http://countertops.rustoleumtransformations.com/testimonial-gallery.php

    Rustoleum also has a countertop transformation kit that looks pretty cool too!

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  27. I was wondering how the paint on the cabinets are holding up? We are a little worried to do this due to the amount of time we spend in our kitchen.

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  28. The paint is holding up great so far! On the spots where we would be touching the most...we put an extra coat of the sealer. I also made sure I did that to the cabinets around and under the sink as well where you might do a lot of wiping. So...so far i have been happy with it.

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  29. Stacie,

    I am visiting your blog to say thank you for following mine and oh.my.goodness. you have a fabulous blog! I am now a follower and am simply floored by this kitchen makeover!!! It is so beautiful and I love how you documented the whole thing so we could all learn the process. Thank you for finding me bc now I have found your awesome blog!

    Katie

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  30. wow I must say that those cabinets look awesome...I have wanted to install new cabinets for a long time{24years}then thought about just redoing the fronts because they are solid wood and new that would be expensive...you have given me some ideas for redoing without replacing...TY TY TY!

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  31. That is the most fabulous idea! EVER! I love how it turned out. I have been a sucker for white kitchens for a long time. I always drooled over them when we were house hunting, but of course ours didn't come with one.

    I love your new look. Great job.

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  32. I have an armoire in our bedroom that will be moved into our living room once our basement is finished. Right now it is just plain, unfinished pine. I had planned on painting it white & possibly antiquing it, but thought it might look too plain. Now that Ive seen your cabinet transformation, I am inspired! I am going to add beadboard to the doors like you did! I will have this project on my blog (eventually...) and I will make sure to link to yours & give you "inspiration" credit! Thanks

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  33. This looks so nice and I love the colors. I like very white kitchens. I can see a peak of the living/family room next to it and it seems to have darker colors (which I what I would like to do SOMEDAY to our little old 1940s house). How is the transition between the two? I imagine you've made it so they flow together well despite being on such opposite ends of the spectrum. Nice work!

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  34. Stacie,
    I just have to stop by and say I love your cabinet makeover!! I'm going to do something similiar after seeing yours...thanks for the inspiration!

    -Kari

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  35. Beautiful transformation! I have been wanting to redo my kitchen like this, though I dont think I will be able to do the beadboard doors as mine are raised doors.

    Stopping by from Ucreate

    Cherie

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  36. WOW - that is amazing!!!! I love the tranformation. I was playing with the idea of doing that to my kitchen - the more I see it - the more I want to :)

    Great job!

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  37. THESE. ARE. AMAZING. It looks so good!!! I love what you did. Such an inspiration! Because how many of us have those ugly cabinets in our own houses!? I especially love how you painted the edge of the counter black. It looks so good!! Everything! I'm featuring this on my blog this week. Thanks for sharing!
    little-inspirations.blogspot.com

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  38. I was wondering what kind of paint you used, and did you seal it, or how are you going to keep it from chipping? SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I think we are for sure going to do this.

    Thanks,
    Karen

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  39. did you replace the countertop too? It look whiter that before. I have been wanting to do the EXACT same thing to my cabinets. Maybe now I can show your blog to my hubs and give him the vision. Thanks! And Great Job!

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  40. These look fabulous! I'm preparing to paint my own kitchen cabs, but now I think I will add some beadboard also. I love the look of yours!

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  41. Love the make-over! Question about the doors - did you add new trim around the beadboard centers? Did you take off the old trim first? Thanks for any information in advance.

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  42. Do you have any after pictures that aren't in black and white?

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  43. Hi Guys! Thanks so much for all of you nice comments!

    Just to answer a few questions... for the white cabinets...we used this:

    http://countertops.rustoleumtransformations.com/testimonial-gallery.php

    So far it has been great! It comes with a sealer to put on last...so that is what prevents it from chipping.

    *As far as the countertops...we did not replace them...I just painted the wood trim on the edge the same french roast color that I used to paint my bath vanity here:

    http://thecreativecrate.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-bathroom-makeover-info.html

    *We didn't add any trim around the beadboard centers...I just caulked around each one. This did take a while...but in the end...it was def. worth it!

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  44. Anonymous- black and white??? They are in color :)

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  45. LOL, that was funny.


    love the make over. thanks for sharing.

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  46. WOW! These look amazing!

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  47. I am in awe of your beautiful kitchen makeover! My husband is really wanting to replace our white-washed (aka ugly, cheap & outdated)cabinets, but I've been trying to convince him that we could jut PAINT them & give them a nice, updated look, & WITHOUT breaking the bank! These pics just might do the trick!

    Also, I notice the floor seems to be a different color in the AFTER pics. Did you change that as well & if so, what did you use?

    Omigosh, this makeover might just help me to move on from my "country/apples" theme after all these years! ;)Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  48. Amazing! I really need to tackle my kitchen to.

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  49. We have the same cabinets! And I hate them! I am totally going to follow your tutorial, the finished project looks great!

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  50. Love the cabinets! Did you use the Pure White, Linen or Quilter's White?

    I'm trying to decide which color and it so happens I had already planned on the gray wall color.

    Your cabinets inspired my first post on a blog EVER!!

    Thanks, Shanda

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  51. Is that your daughter on the photo? It looks like she's lovin' your new kitchen cabinets! Did she help you in transforming the cabinets? She's cute! ^^ Btw, why did you think of painting it white?

    Kalona Mincey

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  52. Love, love, love this! That's cool how you added the beadboard - what a difference, eh? I've got this linked to my kitchen cabinets project post too today, well done!

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  54. Just wanted to let you know that you inspired me! Here is a link to our blog where I show what we did after seeing yours: (I didn't do a great job with the before and after pics, but you get the feel):http://mattlaurahunter.blogspot.com/2011/11/our-amazing-kitchen-makeover.html Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  55. This is really inspiring me. I have been wanting to do this for three years, I'm just scared!

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  56. Hi stacie! Just wondering about the crown moulding; did you paint that too?
    p.s. AWESOME job :)

    thanks,
    Mae

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  57. Yes...I painted the crown moulding the same color as my cabinets! I'm still loving how it all turned out...and don't regret doing it at all. It's amazing what a little love and paint can do :)

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    1. Hi again stacie we just finished the second coat of the rustoleum cabinet transformation! We are in week 3 in our kitchen make over but only because we've had 3 birthdays, our anniversary, and pinewoods derby to deal with! Also a 1 year old that needs constan attention! I am WAY over living on frozen pizzas, fast food and cereal! I also love the beadboard idea What prep did you do with the beadboards and crown moulding? Or did you just paint it? I hope I have enough paint to add the crown molding! Thanks for helping me out!!

      Mae

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  58. What a huge transformation! I love what you've done to the room. I'm pinning the idea so if I get a home of my own, I can do this. Great job on your kitchen redo.

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  59. my husband hates you because when i saw this post yesterday i spontaneously decided we were DOINGTHISNOW! i had always told myself our "cherry" cabs werent "that bad" and lived with them in our zero-natural-light kitchen for 6 years. NO MORE! as i type our house is wrecked and there are 1.5 coats of delicious white (bead beadboard!) on our formerly hideous cabinets. SO excited to finish up and bright in the light! the rustoleum kit has been amazing so far. thank you for that tip and for this awesome inspiration! my husband will love you once order is restored and our kitchen is a mack daddy.

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  60. DONE! thank you so much for showing me the potential in my humble kitchen. next up: backsplash and gray paint
    http://www.putapuredukes.com/2012/06/diy-that-almost-ended-me.html

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  61. Thanks for sharing this great article, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff!

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  62. This is so incredible! The white paint revitalized the overall look of the kitchen. How many coats did you apply to achieve that snowy white color? The white paint is so perfect. I like it better that way because it looks cleaner, and you can easily spot the dirt on white paint, which would make it easier to clean. Good job, guys!

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  63. I LOVE your kitchen!! I have a couple of questions: Did you paint your whole cutting board white or just the sides? If you painted the cutting board, has it chipped at all? I wanted to use the Rustoleum cabinet transformation kit, but am nervous! I read some bad reviews that their white cabinets went yellow. I think it was because they used the glaze. Did you use the glaze? Also, it looked like you put your cabinets on tables to paint them, is that correct? Any other advice?

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    1. Hi Ruthanne! thanks for the kind words! On my cutting board...I only painted the part that was sticking out of the cupboard that you can see. I left the rest of it the wood color. As far as chipping...a few spots chipped a little...but it is easy to fix with leftover paint. I originally glazed only the edges of my cabinets...but yes it did look yellow and dirty after that. I didn't like it at all...so I just painted over the glaze with the white color. I liked that much better. Sooo...I myself wouldn't recommend using the glaze that comes with it. Yes...we placed all the cabinet doors on a table to paint. Minimized drips. Hope that helps :)

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  64. Was also curious if you have had any yellowing trouble since redoing your cabinets?

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    1. Hi Teralyn! The only part I had yellowing is where I applied the glaze. The color of the glaze that the kit comes with has more of a yellow tint to it. When I did my cabinets...I only glazed the outer edges of my cabinet doors and they started to look yellow. So I just painted the part that I glazed white again and I was happy. So I wouldn't recommend using the glaze that comes with the kit. Hope that helps ;)

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  65. Love this! I would much rather use beadboard than wallpaper. Just curious. Did you just glue the beadboard to the front center panels? It looks like they're still recessed.

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  66. Hi there!

    I have been humming and haaing about going pro or using this kit and your tutorial convinced me.
    Yours look amazing and I have the same colour cabinets too. Which color did you get them to tint the light coloured kit to I as well have the white appliances and don't want the cupboards to look yellow against them and your look like the perfect match. You also had mentioned about a quality brush, what type did you use? Thanks for your help!

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  67. To be completely honest, at first I thought that the original look was not that bad. However, as I get a look at the transformation, I have to say you totally did an incredible job and commend you for following your instincts. Your kitchen really looks amazing and this inspires me to do some changes at home. Thank you for sharing.

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  68. Hello,

    This looks lovely, it fits perfectly in your beautiful kitchen!thanks for sharing-we were thinking on doing something very close to this in our kitchen.

    Custom kitchen cabinet

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  69. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog via pinterest. I am currently redoing my cabinets by painting them white and our countertops are white. I thought we would have to get new countertops, but after seeing this I want to try to paint the wood trim black. That is the perfect way to break it up. Thanks for the idea.

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  71. Amazing trasformation, the finished project looks great!Discount Beds and Mattresses

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  72. I love this kitchen makeover. But my problem is I have a black refrigerator, black stove, black dishwasher, and black microwave. I am Not sure that all white cabinets would look right. What do you ladies think?

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  73. Those look amazing. I'm looking to do something creative with my oh so boring kitchen doors and you just sealed the deal! Thanks for sharing!

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  74. I am so in love with your kitchen. I have the exact same "before" cabinets and have given my son this picture and told him to be prepared for work in the spring. I've seen several comments about Rustoleum cabinet paint and I've seen the kits, is this what you used? If you used the Rustoleum cabinet paint have you tried the counter paint?

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  75. Hi love your kitchen also.
    I was thinking about doing this to mine.
    What do you guys think? I have black appliances .i would like to brighten this place up.give me your fb.

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  76. Amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. It is amazing the difference you can make with just a little effort. The new and improved cabinets looks really nice. I love the all white. If I ever change my cabinets I would probably do white too.

    Alena | http://www.hawthornekitchenscanada.com

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