Monday, July 26, 2010

Amazing Kitchen Makeover

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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  1. WOW! That turned out great! Love the updated look! I'm sure they're glad it's over though...remodeling projects can be such a bear, but what joy when they are finished!

  2. That is amazing! It totally updated that kitchen! way to go!

  3. That is amazing! we need to do this to our kitchen SO BAD!

  4. you mean your brother in law and his wife!:)

  5. Jason didn't think he got enough credit. ;)

  6. Gorgeous and way to budget! wow. I'm glad they kept the EAT sign :)

  7. Those cabinets look amazing. Black looks so clean and elegant - much better than oak!!!


  8. That is simply FANTASTIC. I love how the tile was redone.

  9. I had no idea you could do something like that to tile! I have to show Matt! Looks sooo good Aimee!

  10. Their kitchen turned out AMAZING! They will get a great return on their money. I should know, I am a realtor in Arizona. Updating a kitchen and bath are always benefit the sale of a home.

    I love, love, love black cabinets.

    Visiting from get your craft on Tuesday.


  11. Wow, this looks amazing, love how it turned!

  12. That looks REALLY good!!! I love it! The black looks fantastic! Great redo!

  13. i have that same EAT set!~Pottery Barn! i painted mine black and tied ribbon on them after i got sick of the red, funny! look FAB!



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