Jan 21, 2010

Why painting my cabinets led to a full blown remodel.

This all started in November when I decided to test how strong my marriage is paint the kitchen cabinets black.

We were spraying them in the garage before hell frooze over the cold spell but had to quit until we had a few warm days last week. The previous owners painted them a real hideous interesting shade of cream and blue. I degreased them and sanded them lightly. Well, when I painted them the paint didn't stick. I could literally peel it off in some places. I sanded them down to the wood and started over with Benjamin Moore Acrylic Primer and Benjamin Moore Acrylic Latex Semi Gloss Paint. Semi Gloss is not forgiving in Black so either roll it or spray it.

I figured I may as well paint the kitchen so it wouldn't drip on my newly painted black cabinets.

Well once the walls were painted my husband and I both decided we hated the floors and couldn't live with them. So up came that ugly vinyl and down went some cool checkered vinyl. I fought really hard for wood but lost that battle.

At some point we decided we must change the countertop. We wanted butcher block counters and Ikea has some great deal on them, but were out of stock when we were there. We both liked this Stone Effect Laminate and apron sink. It was too great a deal to pass up.

We hated the tile backsplash and figured while the countertop was off we would take down the backsplash. The tile and drywall came off together, so we had to re-drywall the backsplash.

We had to go to Home Depot to get a new faucet since the apron sink has only one hole. While we were there we got some beadboard for the backsplash.
I bought two faucets because I am completely wishy washy when it comes to making decisions.

My husband ended up picking the Price Pfister -if I had went with the Moen we would have to drill a hole where the red star is for the sprayer.

This is all we are doing for now and when it is finished I will post what the final total was. But since we did all the work ourselves it has not been too expensive.

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Jan 15, 2010

Kitchen Progress So Far

Here's a picture of the kitchen so far.

I am ok with the blue walls, the floor and the cabinets...

I need to decide what kind of countertop.

Should I put a butcherblock or white countertop? (Ikea has both)

Will my idea of a faux tin tile backsplash in white still match or should I use a different color? (White, Spray Painted Cream or Silver)

Will my silver and white frosted lights still match or should I use something else?

Jan 9, 2010

Preview of Projects Underway.

This is the inspiration photo for my kitchen. John Jacob Zwiegelaar's home.

Well the kitchen has been indefinitely put on hold. Its too cold to finish spraying the cabinets in the garage. We are going to finish painting the kitchen walls tommorow. I wanted to do a black and white checkered floor but it was impossible to find a quality black and white vinyl that I could afford. We found a nice black and a tanish white from Armstrong. My darling husband is going to do the walls and floors tommorrow.

So heres what is left to do in the kitchen...
1. Finish painting the walls.
2. Put the vinyl floors down
3. Finish spraying cabinet doors (on hold until we reach 50 degrees)
4. Hang new light fixtures
5. Put new baseboards
6. Eventually paint kitchen table and get slipcovers for chairs
7. New window treatments (on hold until I budget for it and figure out what I want)

To Finish the Wood Floors (Master Bedroom, Hallway, Upstairs Living Room)
1. Fill gaps and knots
2. Sand
3. Stain
4. Seal

To Finish Master Bedroom..
1. Fix a hole in the wall from the doorknob.
2. Touch up paint on the walls
3. Restain the two dressers all the same color.
4. Organize the his and her closets.
5. Finally pack up all the clothes I've outgrown
6. Spray paint the ceiling fan

To Finish the Master Bathroom..
1. Paint Walls (when I pick a color)
2. Paint Vanity
3. Scrape popcorn off ceiling
4. Install vent
5. Put down vinyl floor tiles

To Finish Downstairs Family Room.
1. Touch up paint on walls
2. Organize Book cases
3. Find a nice end table (get rid of big wood/glas table)
4. Figure out what to put on wall behind the couch

To Finish Laundry/Office/Craft Room
1. Touch up paint
2. Attach countertops
3. Add two electrical outlets
4. Remove built in fishtank and drywall up wall
5. Add shelves over washer and dryer

Miscellaneous Home Projects
1. Paint all the inside door frames, window frames, and doors (prev. owners were smokers)
2. Paint Front Door and ouside shutters
3. Organize the garage.
4. Repaint blue desk.

Hopefully we have these finished by the end of February.