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The Kitchen: Lots of Days

I had fully intended to update our kitchen progress day by day. You can read about Day 1 and Day 2. But it turns out that painting is just not that fun to blog about! So, here is a summary of our kitchen progress. It’s looking SO good and I can’t wait to get it finished and completely set up (probably about another month before that happens.)

Our kitchen re-do happens to coincide with The Nester’s Take a Risk blog party. Her suggestion was to start small and take some kind of risk in your home. Well, we took the risk but we definitely didn’t start small! But I am so glad we did it as I already like my kitchen so much more than before.

Here is a really good “before” picture – taken by a friend who is a professional photographer. (I wish I had picture taking skills but I don’t, so this is the best photo in this post!)

We used the Cabinet Transformations kit and the first step was to apply the “deglosser.” This was the step that we questioned if it was really doing anything but we scrubbed it on believing that it was. When the “deglossed” doors were laying beside the doors we hadn’t done yet you could definitely see the difference in the finish.

Then it was time to start painting. Here is a shot of the cabinet after 1 coat. It looked HORRIBLE. It made us a little nervous but at this point there was no turning back! We did exchange a few looks like this:

We started the kitchen process on a Friday, did a whole days work on Saturday & Sunday and then painted after the boys went to bed the next week. A very long process! Rustoleum recommended 2 coats of paint on the cabinets but after putting on 2 coats we decided that ours needed 3. I think this was because we weren’t going to apply the decorative glaze and we were painting our cabinets “pure white.”

And now the cabinets are almost finished! We haven’t put on the drawer pulls yet because I would really like to change them out – hopefully I can find some at the outlets or IKEA this week :)

And while the boys and I are in Chattanooga for “spring break” Bill has started painting the rest of the kitchen. Love it! And we’re going to order gray tile (2X4) for the backsplash. So, that is a recap of our kitchen makeover – the HUGE risk we took this week!

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10 Responses to “The Kitchen: Lots of Days”

  1. Desiree says:

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  2. Jessica says:

    Stumbled upon you from the Nester’s site, and I’m thinking about taking this same risk as well. LOVE how your cabinets turned out, and bravo to you for taking the risk! Post more pictures when you can!

  3. jane says:

    Good for you! I’ve been waiting to see what others think of Cabinet Transformations. Did you need to buy another kit to do the third coat?

    • Amber says:

      We got the bigger kit for our kitchen – even though we figured the small kit might have been enough paint. Our cabinets were right at 100 square feet – and with the 3 coats we used over half of the gallon of paint.

  4. misty says:

    Love painted cabinets. cannot wait to see it all finished!

  5. Bethany McAtee says:

    You’re one of the coolest mom’s I know. You’re the only mom who decides to re-do her whole kitchen with a 6-wk old and a toddler. I love it!!! You’re supermom :)

  6. Wow! What a huge difference! It looks great! I can’t believe you took on this project at such a crazy time. I agree with Bethany…you are supermom!

  7. Mimi says:

    It will be exquisite when it’s finished. I never liked a dark kitchen. This will really brighten it up.You two are so smart!!

  8. […] by Amber on April 27th, 2011 topsyWidgetPreload({ "url": "", "style": "big", "title": "Hello, Gorgeous (aka the kitchen reveal)" }); ShareThe kitchen is finished and it is absolutely gorgeous! We started March 9 and it took a good month (or more) to get it to this point. If you’re interested in reading about our process click here, here and here. […]

  9. Latoya says:

    I saw the finished project and your kitchen looks awesome!!! My husband and I are using the Rustoleum Kit and we are using Pure White as well. We have done our top cabinets and I still look at them and think that they could have used an extra coat (and we did 4!) My only question is how long did you degloss? At first we were just deglossing until it had a minor rough finish but we noticed after doing our final coats that it could have looked better with more deglossing. I just want to make sure we are doing it right before we finish up with the bottoms.