Before I started this project, I had these high hopes that I’d get it all done in one day. Uh, yeah right. What was I thinking? My whole body was sore for a week after this. Who needs a gym membership when you’ve got a house that needs help? Seriously.
Anyway. With the doors hung and the drawers in place, I used a fresh brush to apply a thin coat of Rustoleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in a semi-gloss. This was completed haphazardly, in which I just kind of brushed it in all different directions on the inside and outside of each door and drawer; it honestly didn’t take more than 45 minutes. The polyurethane gave the cabinets a pretty sheen and sealed the stain and the cabinets nicely.
Now for the best part. Paint. I adored the Olympic “Guacamole” green that I had in my last apartment’s kitchen. It was bright, it was festive, and, well… it made me crave guac 24/7. As I was painting my apartment, I realized that all of my red appliances (blender, KitchenAid mixer, food processor) might clash with the green, and wondered if I had made a mistake. Much to my relief, the green walls and red appliances ended up being great accents together.
|Remember my apartment’s kitchen?|
For the house, I justified reusing a color by saying that not only will the green and red look great again, but that both colors would “pop” on the cream countertops and white kitchen appliances.
|So, Guacamole green it was.|
I’ve used paints in satin and flat finishes before, but I never tried a semi-gloss or gloss. From my previous experiences, it was often difficult to wipe away any flecks of food from the walls, even with a “scrubbable” satin finish. Therefore, I chose a semi-gloss finish, also hoping that the recessed lighting would shine nicely as it cascaded down on the glossy walls.
It’s true. Kitchens and bathrooms are the worst when it comes to painting. There are so… many… edges. I spent all day climbing on top of the refrigerator, crouching behind the sink, reaching on the step ladder, and laying on the floor to paint. I think even my dogs were laughing at how ridiculous I looked. Luckily for me, the green covered extremely well and only took one gallon, two coats of paint, and a little bit of leftovers to spare for touch ups.
|“I’m judging you.”|
Now for the finishing touches. I re-installed all of the freshly painted door knobs and outlet covers, performed a thorough cleaning and wipe-down of the countertops and floors, and put all of my countertop appliances, spices, candles, pictures, towels, and random tchotchkes in place. And voila! A brand new kitchen.
|Comes with a puppy, too.|
I adore everything about it. I was originally not a fan of being stuck with white appliances, but they certainly look pretty for the time being. I also love that the colors are bright and bold, but they still are versatile: I can add orange, yellow, and purple accents without hesitation.
I’m obviously not a professional, so the cabinets aren’t perfect, and there are visible drips and imperfections with the stain. But, you know, I’m just going to call it rustic. It looks loved, and lived-in, and worn. And, most of all, it looks like home.
Oh, and the price? Get this: It cost me only $62 bucks. How?
1.) 1 can of Rustoleum spray paint: $7
2.) 1 container Mineral Spirits: $5
3.) 1 pack of 10 sanding sheets: $8
4.) 1 quart of Rustoleum Ultimate Stain: $12
5.) 1 quart of Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane: $12
6.) 1 gallon of Olympic Guacamole paint: $18
Of course, with paint supplies (brushes, rollers, painter’s tape, etc.), it cost more than that, but I already had those items on hand. REGARDLESS, that was cheap. And cool.
|… and AFTER.|
And there you have it, an inexpensive kitchen face lift that ANYONE can do on a weekend.
In case you missed day one of this kitchen reveal, you can read it here!
Update: I created new, easy DIY curtains for the kitchen! Read about them here!
Update: I painted the kitchen door! Here’s the post!