When we first moved into our house, scratch that, when we first looked at buying our house I said, "The kitchen MUST be painted white asap!". The cabinets were in great shape, I just couldn't stand the color. When you walked in it was like you were being swallowed by oak. Oak cabinets, oak island, oak floors, oak trim and doors, and the walls were even faux painted and looked like oak. Oh, and the walls, were painted over two types of wall paper. Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!! It was sooo dark in there. Before I took on the huge project of sanding and painting the cabinets I decided to sand and paint the island black. You know, so I could get a little practice under my belt, but mostly to break up some of that STINKING OAK!
So here is the before picture. I apologize for the bad picture, I'm pretty sure it was taken with my phone. You can see the island is already painted black.
And now the after!
Ahhhhh.... so much better!
I didn't sand all the way down to bare wood, just enough to scuff up the poly so the primer would stick. But still, there was A LOT of sanding involved. You sand, sand, and sand some more. But it is worth it! We saved A LOT of money doing this project by
ourselves myself :) I can't remember the exact cost. We bought 1 gallon of primer, and 2 gallons of paint from Sherwin-Williams when they were having a paint sale. We used Sherwin-Williams' Alabaster White in semi-gloss. The island is just a quart of plain'ol black paint from Lowes' premixed stuff in semi-gloss.
We saved even more by reusing some of the hardware. I removed the cabinet handles and craigslisted them (used that money to pay for the new cup pulls for the drawers). I filled in one of the holes where the cabinet handle was, and replaced them with the old knobs from the drawers. I then scoured the internet for pretty, but cheap, cup pulls for the drawers.
Before hanging the painted cabinets I started to worry the exposed hinges wouldn't look so great. So, we sprung a little extra for hidden hinges. So worth it! They really make the cabinets look great! And, they feel so much more sturdy. We bought the hinges from Home Depot in packages of 10 for about $18.
I now love my kitchen. Thank you paint!
Here's another look at the transformation (I love side-by-sides).
And here's a little dirty secret.
I re-did the kitchen just under a year ago, but never put up any pictures because it was NEVER clean enough for pics. But today I just figured what the heck, I'll just moved my pile of junk around from place to place and snap some quickies.
Here's my dirty secret, my pile that never seems to get picked up!
See her over there on the buffet? Nice huh?
And now for a close up of my, well, crap.
Yep, just keeping it real ;)