Monday, November 9, 2009

Kitchen Makeover



 See the above picture?  Do you have ugly cabinets in your kitchen?  If you don't, consider yourself lucky!  But for me, I wasn't one of those lucky people.  I had DISGUSTING, ugly, builder's grade, light oak cabinets that made me not want to go into my kitchen.  Ever.  They were probably the cheapest cabinets that could be put in a house and I hated them.

We don't plan to be in this house for a whole long time, so getting new cabinets installed was not an option.  My sweet husband didn't want to put that kind of money in it, especially since he didn't really see a problem with the kitchen in the first place.  Ok.  Fair enough.  But that didn't mean that they weren't going to change.  Did I mention that my kitchen was UGLY?!?  What it DID mean was the only alternative was for me to paint them.  Eek.  With a 4-month old?  What was I getting myself into?  Oh well.  I'm a stay at home wife and mom...so I could dedicate all my 'baby-free' time (which would pretty much be naptime) to the makeover.  It was worth it.

I did a lot of kitchen makeover research online, checking out a bunch of blogs and getting ideas that would work for what I had.  I REALLY REALLY wanted to paint them black, but I didn't think it would be wise with my dark red walls - and I had to think about resale as well.  So, I decided to go with white cabinets and a black kitchen island.

I spent a little over $100 (for paint and and supplies -- after all, I'm a paintin' fool and needed a new brush and some more rollers).  After all my research, I thought I could get this project done in a weekend.  So, I started it on a Saturday morning.  What was I thinking?!?!?  There was NO way I was going to get this done in a WEEKEND!!!  Two months later, it is completely finished.  FINALLY.  Will I ever do this again?  I say no, but if we move into another house that has ugly cabinets...I probably will.  It was hard and very time consuming.  But I love it.  I love it a LOT!  :)

Here's the after:


Here are some more before/after pictures of my makeover...

Before:

After:


And here's a slide show of all the pictures that I took during the process:



My next few posts will be about the little details to pull the kitchen all together. You won't BELIEVE how little I spent to make this kitchen the way it is now! :)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Amy, I love your new look in the kitchen---the black center island is my fave! I think you made a wise choice on not painting all the cabinets black. I had dark red cabinets in our other home and grease spotting was an issue. Plus having black as the accent makes everything else just POP!!! All your hard work paid off. I'll enjoy watching all your creative skills take shape! Mimi

Stacey said...

Great job!! It's all fresh and pretty now. I bet you are enjoying it so much more. What will you tackle now? :)

Sherri S said...

It is INDEED Beautiful! I love the contrast with the black island. You did a great job decorating over the cabinets too pulling it all together for a totally NEW refreshing gorgeous kitchen. Can't wait to see more of your frugal handy work.
WELCOME to blog land. What a grand entrance!

Ferrill said...

I love your kitchen makeover!If you don't mind, I'm wondering what color of paint and brand you used on your cabinets. It is the perfect white!

Amy said...

Thanks all!! I did a LOT of research before I tackled this project -- thanks so many bloggers who I got inspiration from! :)

And as to your question Ferrill -- I used Benjamin Moore's "Waterborne, Satin Impervo, Acrylic Low Luster Enamel paint" in the color: White Dove.

The cool part about it..was that I ROLLED it instead of using a brush. It took a lot less time rolling it rather than actually using a brush -- and you can't tell either.

Ferrill said...

Thank you!

Jill said...

Amy your new kitchen looks great! I love it!
~ Jill

The P*dunc's said...

I am here from the before/after blog. Your kitchen looks amazing! Thanks for scaring me, though! I have wanted to paint my kitchen cabinets black as well, but knowing it took you 2 months (and the fact that my husband doesn't want me to start ANOTHeR project)...I think I will hold off. We might be moving soon... It looks so great, though, that if our next house has the uglies, I will come back here to pick your brain!

Amy @ Pretty Frugal Pretties said...

Hi P*dunc! :) Thanks for the compliment! And I didn't mean to scare you....I just wanted to be honest and tell everyone how long it really took! I read on someones blog that they attacked the kitchen and did it in a weekend. BUT...she had help too. And I didn't. There was NO way my hubby was gonna help. Plus, I wouldn't trust him painting either! HA!!

If you ever do attack your kitchen (in this house if you don't move) or your new one once you DO move...please let me know how it goes!! I LOVE seeing before and after shots!!

HollyandGary said...

Hi Amy, I found your awesome makeover via BetterAfter and the kitchen looks great! We are about to start the process on our same ugly builder-grade cabs, but I was wondering if you had a super close-up shot of the cabinets surface? We did a test run on our also gross oak builder grade bathroom vanity, and while it looks miles better than before, the wood grain still bled through a bit. Can you give us a run down of the process you went through?

Also, we are planning on doing something different to our island, but I am looking for something more modern (less traditional) than beadboard...any suggestions? Thanks a ton for sharing your new kitchen!

Amy @ Pretty Frugal Pretties said...

Hi Holly,

I know you aren't the first one to ask....so tomorrow, when I'm fully rested -- I'll make a post about what all I did (step by step) for my kitchen cabinets! :) I'll also include real close up pictures so you can see how it turned out!

Janet @ This Family said...

I wish I had soon this post on Better After before I started tackling my cabinets this weekend. I am painting them black. I like you did a lot of research and read that same blog post about someone doing it in a weekend. Well I started Friday and I now realize this is going to be a long process.

I like your blog so far and am going to enjoy catching up.

Natalie said...

I just happened upon your blog through Better After and I love your kitchen! It turned out great and I love it even more knowing you only spent 100! Fabulous. I'll be checking back to see the details! My sis and I have both turned our ugly cabinets into white and love it. You can check it out here http://centsiblychicsisters.blogspot.com/2009/09/kitchen-remodel.html

thanks for sharing!
-natalie
www.centsiblychicsisters.blogspot.com

Kirsty said...

Ooh! I love it! It looks great!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Amy-
It is beautiful. I cannot get over the difference.
We are planning on painting the cabinets in our house in the spring. I am dreading it! Really looking forward to your new posts related to this.
Thanks for sharing.
I'm going to follow along, so I can show my hubby why we NEED to do this! LOL
~Amy

Carla said...

Looks great! Love the "new" white cabinets and the island is stunning. I am loving those toile window treatments too.

The Activity Mom said...

LOVE it!!! I'm staring at the same cabinets in my kitchen now. =) Love the board on your island!!! Was thinking of tiling mine but that is WAY cuter.

Shannon P. said...

Your kitchen looks beautiful. I love the black beadboard.

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

Wow! That looks amazing! You should be very proud of yourself. I so badly want to do the same thing, I am just afraid it would be to much to take on. The fact that you did it with a baby at home makes me think maybe I could give it a try!
Love your blog!

Krystal said...

Just gorgeous!! I've been procrastinating painting my kitchen cabinets due to my 2 little ones running around. You're right about naptime..that's the only time to get anything done. You did an awesome job! Thanks for the inspiration!

amber waves of grain said...

I LOVE your kitchen makeover!! It is beautiful-- you did a terrific job! I found your site via Thrifty Decor Chick. Thanks for sharing your re-do. :)

Vivian said...

Love the new crisp kitchen. We painted our kitchen red last year and really thought about painting our cabinets white. I am going to show my husband the pictures of your kitchen and see if he still might want to. I love the contrast of the white cabinets and the red walls.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Amy, I'm so glad I found your blog again. I saw this post the other day (came from Our Creative Life) and my hubby turned off the computer before I saved it. UGH! Anyway, I'm planning on redoing my kitchen soon and I was wondering what color red paint you used. I've had various colors of red paint streaks on my wall for over a year and they're all too pink. I have the same tile, the same stove and even the same kitchen towel. SO FUNNY! Thanks for your help!

Linda said...

Amy,
You did an AWESOME job on your kitchen...looks outstanding...love the red! Hope you have a WARM and FUN week!

Blessings,
Linda

Kristy said...

just happened upon your blog...was wondering if you could tell me where you got the curtain above the sink? LOVE IT!

luikens@heartofiowa.net

Amy @ Pretty Frugal Pretties said...

Hi Kristy,

My mom made it with leftover fabric that she had laying around her house from a previous project! I'm sure that didn't help since I didn't buy it from a store....

Randell Jeffries said...

WOW! This is just a great makeover! I’m glad you decided to recoat those natural-colored wooden cabinets. It absolutely transformed your kitchen from plain and dim to bright and welcoming. Congratulations to you, Amy! :]