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...
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! :)