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Our home was built in 1977…the kitchen countertops and cabinets have never been updated. Dark walnut cabinets on one side and a honey oak built in china hutch coupled with the mustard countertops have been our entertaining backdrop reality for over six years.
Tired of the outdated appearance and not having $15,000 for a full kitchen remodel, my husband and I looked and looked for solutions to changing it.
The bane of all evil, Pinterest, came into play. Thinking, “how much worse can it actually get”, we decided to give some suggestions a whirl. I know we can paint and the look of painted cabinets can be nice…so worst case would be investing $1,000 in new countertops if we really did a poor job.
Supplies were inexpensive, but completely foreign!
1. Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Light Base Refinishing Kit – many colors to choose from, but we wanted to lighten the space and chose a linen base tint. We used 3 kits/$75 each.
2. Rust-Oleum Specialty Tintable Countertop Coating Kit – again, many colors to choose from; we choose black so that I could faux paint a granite look onto it and give it an authentic “depth”. One kit $20
3. Hobby paint in multiple colors and a sea sponge – $15…and that’s stretching it a little
4. Polycrylic for a top coat $15
The process of painting the cabinets was fairly easy, just time consuming. We had multiple tables set up in our garage for over 2 weeks so we could paint the front and back sides of the cabinet doors. (Tip: You MUST label your hardware/doors individually…so they fit properly when rehung. Numbered ziplock bags, painters tape and a sharpie came in handy!)
After the paint was on, we thought it looked too stark and pasty, so we elected to glaze the cabinets with the optional glaze included in the kit. You must be a little careful and use good technique as it’s not a forgiving product…but can be wiped off and retried, if needed.
The countertop base paint is like tar…we have lots of descriptions we can give here, but we will leave it at “tar”. I have some tips for even application, if you are interested…we learned from our experience. To create the faux granite, there is no ‘correct’ way. This technique is extremely forgiving…again, I have tips having done it once. We are extremely thrilled at the look we achieved. Topcoating with the Polycrylic is a careful process, but makes a huge difference in the look as well as obviously sealing the paint.
We have used our kitchen for over 2 months and the products are holding up beautifully! For under $300, this is SO WORTH the time and effort! We now feel like our kitchen is back in modern times!
If you would like my step-by-step instructions and tips, feel free to contact me!
Sonja Yantzer, REALTOR
905 Tacoma Avenue #2
Bismarck, ND 58504