We started in the kitchen because it was the room I disliked the most. Here are some of the best (and yet worst) before pictures.
|This was taken during our final walk through, so some of the previous owner's furniture was still there.|
|The backsplash had this awesome country motif on random tiles.|
|I think the original owner's may have been vampires. They had black out drapes, blinds and shutters on every window. (I'm only kidding about them being vampires)|
The plan was to paint the cabinets white to lighten up the space. Based on the recommendation of one of my co-workers, we used Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations in Pure White. The product comes with a glaze, but we didn't use any because I didn't really want the cabinets to look aged.
So here's the point of my post (really). This was my life for about a week...
|The first thing to go was the country tile backsplash. Mom looks very excited to start the "demo."|
|Then we took all the doors and drawers to the basement. At this point we also cleaned the inside of the cabinets. Some sticky stuff is still a mystery to this day.|
|The basement served as a great place for the painting since it was cold outside.|
|You can get a small glimpse of our retro bar too.|
|Because we were desperate to see some color and progress, we painted the inside of this cabinet one evening.|
|Paint, dry, flip, paint, dry. Repeat three times. (UGH)|
|Here you can see we're getting closer. Porter just crashed in the middle of the floor for days.|
|And just because I can't forget another happy change during that same time frame...the ceilings were all scraped, re-textured and painted!|
Here's where the kitchen ended up after that first week of cabinet painting. Stay tuned for the rest of the transformation.
|We still had the original countertops, stainless sink I didn't like and no backsplash. But I was so happy and the kitchen finally felt bright and filled with light! You can also see that we replaced the wood in two cabinet doors with seeded glass.|
|We also painted the walls gray (SW Functional Gray), which you can see best here.|
|I love a good side by side. Wait till you see the final makeover!|