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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Jane said...

Oh how funny, we are considering painting our kitchen cabs black as well, this Spring! So far yours look great and I can't wait to see them all finished. How was it using the paint sprayer? My hubby is leary of that thing. He thinks it has to be harder than it looks. Would love to hear from you. And thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday, when your kitchen is done...it will be fabulous!

Remodelaholic said...

This cracks me up! Isn't that the only way to remodel? It reminds me of that song that says "one thing lead to another.. An o-o- other... I mean a full plan always goes out the window anyway, right?

I can't wait to see it fully done! Make sure when you install the bead board that you paint all the raw edges before installing it. I say this because we did bead board for a back splash a few years ago and if water gets in the crack at the bottom it will soak it right up, and fray out, does that make any sense?!

BUT that said I love bead board and it will look totally awesome with your sink...

OH and as if this comment wasn't long enough, I am totally planning on a kitchen remodel next and I am planning on black base cabinets... And it just makes me happy to see your beautiful cabinets!

SOO, thanks for joining the party!

Cha Cha said...

Every time we start a project it end up this way. If I didn't fear a nervous break down at the memory I would share it with you, maybe one day. Thanks for letting me know we are not the only ones.

Cha Cha

It's Always Something Around Here said...

I love the cabinets painted black!!!! Can't wait to see it finished.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!

Linda said...

I luv those black cabinets and farm sink...looking forward to seeing the rest.


Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Ahh memories.. we were going to just paint our cabinets and get new appliances. But since I bought a huge fridge we had to cut the doorway bigger to accomodate the swing of the door. Bought a new stove but wanted it on the other wall so we were trying to move cabinets around..to make a long story short. We gutted it all and started from scratch- new cabinets, new butcher block counter tops from ikea. double sink from ikea, new appliances, new beadboard walls - amazing how out of control it got - but looking at it now I wouldn't change a thing...and we did it all too....
can't wait to see yours all done.

Caroline said...

Wow! It's amazing how one thing leads to another! Cannot wait to see the finished look.

Jen said...

I would have fought for the wood floors too, but I love the checkered look, especially with your black cabinets. I am tired just reading your post, I hope you are able to finish soon.

Maman Tattoo said...

It is awesome! wood is great but you came with a really nice alternative. I love the sink and the general feel you your new kitchen