My sister and her husband recently updated their 1950's style kitchen as they prepared to put their house on the market. The kitchen had thin wood cabinet doors and very dated hardware.
They sanded and primed the wood with a bonding primer. Then sprayed two coats of black semi-gloss latex paint on the boxes and several light coats of paint on the doors.
They updated the mint green backsplash by creating a faux granite finish following this tutorial as a guide. Using a deglosser and a bonding primer, they prepared the surface and then applied two coats of Valspar's "crunch granola" in latex eggshell. After the paint was dry they applied acrylic craft paint in tan, bronze, black, gold, and brown dabbed on with a plastic bag and then sealed with Minwax Polyshades in "bombay".
They completed the look by updating the ceiling fan, mod podging fabric onto the wall letters and making a coordinating curtain for the window.
Here's how it turned out...
A total transformation!
The most amazing part...
the entire project cost less than $300!!!
They were able to save a lot of money by purchasing the cabinet hardware on Ebay and using coupons and sales for the other supplies.
It took about two weeks and a lot of patience to complete, but it was definitely worth every minute!
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