It was a little less than a year ago that I attempted my first-ever “grown-up DIY project”…the bathroom cabinet makeover! I was pretty excited about how it turned out, and based on the comments, it was pretty popular with you too!
Buoyed up by that experience, I recently decided to tackle a MUCH BIGGER project…the kitchen cabinets and countertops! Well, OK, if I’m being honest….I would NEVER have even attempted such a grand scale DIY project if it hadn’t been for my friend Natali. OK, if I’m being COMPLETELY honest….it was ALL Natali. She is the genius behind this endeavor and who I am not only forever grateful to but in complete awe of!
Before you click off of this post because you think (like I did) that there is no possible way you can re-do your kitchen cabinets and countertops yourself….think again! And keep reading…because you are not going to believe how simple and inexpensive this project was (compared to a complete kitchen remodel!)
For this project we used a very cool product by Rust-oleum that Natali discovered called Cabinet and Countertop Transformations. You can find them at both Home Depot and Lowe’s. (Or, I just checked, and Amazon carries them too.) The cabinet kit was $75 (we used two kits) and the countertop kit was $250.00. You don’t have to worry about a long list of supplies to track down, everything you need to do the job is in the kit! So simple and fun to use!
This is a Reader’s Digest version of how it’s done:
1. Wash and rinse with soapy water.
2. Apply deglosser (using a scrubbing pad), scrub the entire surface and then wash off with water.
3. Now you can start painting! (we used 3 coats of the white base coat.)
4. Apply glaze with brush or rag and wipe right off (we used one coat.) If you want them darker apply another coat.
5. Lastly, apply the clear top coat. You only need one coat.
Best part of this project….NO SANDING. Yay!!!
1. Wash and rinse with soapy water (don’t forget the backsplash.)
2. Sand counters using the diamond sanding pad included in the kit. It’s faster then you think. You just want to scratch up the surface.
3. Vacuum up the dust, and wipe clean.
4. Now the painting begins. Apply the base coat. One very thick coat.
5. This next step is fun and messy, applying the color chips. Using the handheld chip spreader, apply a thick layer of the chips.
6. Once dry, sand until smooth, then vacuum up and wipe clean. You may have to do some touchups, especially on the edges.
7. Last step is rolling on the clear top coat. Only use one coat, spreading it on evenly.
The hardest part for ME (because I didn’t actually do any of the manual labor) was waiting for the countertops to dry so that we could start putting things back on them. You can’t put anything on them for 48 hours and then must wait another 2 to 3 days to put HEAVY items (like a microwave) back on.
I feel like I must defend myself here (guilty conscience perhaps? nah.) Between planning a wedding and writing a book this summer….this project would never have happened if Natali had not been at the helm! But I like to think I COULD have done it, if I’d had the time. :-) It really is something anyone can do! My hat’s off to Rust-oleum (no, this is not a sponsored post) for coming up with such a beautiful and innovative product.
And my heartfelt thanks (once again) to my wonderful friend Natali for giving me a new kitchen that makes me smile every time I walk into it. :-)
What follows is a few “BEFORE” photos (I forgot to take OFFICIAL “before” pictures *DUH* so I had to go back into old posts to find some) and a BUNCH of “AFTER” photos….because I’m just so darned proud!!
OK, OK….I’ll stop now! :-)