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Our DIY Kitchen Remodel

I’m so excited to be able to not only finally share our kitchen remodel with you, but to also just be D-O-N-E!! I I think that the progression from concept to completion went very smoothly with only a few tweaks (tile and range hood) in the overall original design. I’m also very sure that I will want my cabinets in any future home setup like this, with open cabinetry below closed cabinetry, it just works so well for all of us and no extra dusting required!

So here is where we started (that’s the home inspector at the island), my hubby took photos of the house as he was inspecting it. What we have is a nice, open, good sized kitchen just not exactly what we wanted.

Kitchen Before renovations

The first stage for us was replacing the can lights for pendant lights, new fridge, microwave, sink, faucet, dishwasher and updating and painting the island.

First stage of DIY kitchen remodel

Stage two was the easiest and quickest, installing marble subway tile backsplash…

It remained like this for just over 2 years, but I always knew that painting the cabinets was next…

Second stage of DIY kitchen remodel

The third stage was to update and paint the butlers pantry, it was also my “test” for the kitchen cabinet paint color (Benjamin Moore White Dove).

Third stage of DIY kitchen remodel

Then FINALLY the last stage, raising the original cabinets to the ceiling, making new open cabinets to install below, adding decorative molding, installing more tile above stove and sink window, installing new range hood and adding a decorative cabinet above stove and fridge and painting all of the cabinets and installing new hardware… WHEW that was a mouthful and I’m pretty sure a run-on sentence!!

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

I hand painted (with a combination of foam roller and soft bristle brush) with Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint line all of the cabinet boxes and trim, but I spray painted the doors in the garage. I always follow the same routine, clean the cabinets with Formula 409, fill imperfections, lightly sand, wipe down with tack cloth, spray prime, sand, clean, spray paint color and repeat as many times as necessary. I sprayed 4 coats on each door side, letting them sit for 24 in between each coat and a week before I flipped them from the back to the front (always paint the back first). The final finish looks great!

 Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

The molding I added is the same we added to the island and helps disguise where the 2 cabinets are connected.

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

So much easier to access glassware and everyday dishes now!

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

We love our new hood, it works so much better than the microwave vent and because it is mounted much higher than the microwave was it helps open that space up.

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

My one small decorated area…

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

The wall color in the kitchen is Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey.

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Some before and after comparisons for you…

before and after of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

before and after of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Well that’s it! No more phases left to do, whew!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this walk-thru of our kitchen renovation!

K

Other kitchen renovation posts:

Kitchen Island Progress

Kitchen Tile, Lights, Paint

Kitchen Butlers Pantry

Kitchen Butlers Pantry Complete

Kitchen Progress Part 1

Kitchen Progress Part 2

Kitchen Progress Part 3

Kitchen Progress Part 4

Kitchen Progress Part 5

Progress on the Kitchen Island

I hope everyone survived the snowpocalypse last week. We did get a few more inches of snow here in Louisville, KY but we missed out on the big snowfall that hit much of the East Coast thank goodness. I don’t know about you but I am OVER the snow! I have started some Lavender, Lamb’s Ear and Salvia seedlings in hopes of being able to get outside and work in the yard in the next 6 weeks or so… I think I need some outdoor time badly!

We began working on our kitchen island last week and over this past weekend. So far we have painted the kitchen, added a backsplash and added some pendant lights over the island. My original plan was to paint the island a cream color and leave the other cabinets as is, but after looking at the wear on the other cabinets I decided to paint them all… just not all at once.

I’ll share with you where we are now as there are some final touches left to do in order for the island to be considered finished. I had already removed the shoe molding and toe kick at this point in the process.

kitchen island before

It’s a nice size island and the shape works great in this kitchen, but as you can see the back boards have had a lot of wear and tear from people sitting there. It’s also very plain looking so I wanted to add some detail and interest to it.

kitchen island before

I drew up this mock of what I wanted the island sides to look like. I used Word, because my drawing skills suck, so I could show my hubby what I was thinking about doing. I think the rendering came out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

kitchen island plans

After removing the toe kick and shoe molding I removed all of the doors and drawer fronts, being sure to number them as I removed them.  I filled in the bottom hole on each door because I am going to install new hardware.

filling doorknob holes

We built a top for our pool table so we can use it as a table when we need to, I’m using it to paint the drawer fronts and doors which is much better than putting them on the floor. I first cleaned them all with Formula 409 and a scrub sponge and then sanded any areas necessary before priming them.

priming kitchen cabinets doors and drawers

I didn’t have enough plastic triangles so these small plastic drink cups were the PERFECT solution! They kept the pieces stable and I happen to have a bunch of them on hand.

using cups for props

The fronts are still wet, but you get the idea… I used a soft bristle Purdy brush and a foam roller to get the smoothest finish I could. The paint is Benjamin Moore Advance in Black Iron, the paint is self leveling and has a nice hard finish once cured.

painted door and drawer fronts

My hubby cut all of the trim for the island. I am the installer and caulker extraordinaire!

painted kitchen island Benjamin Moore Black Iron

I was so happy I got to use my new “toy”! I got this fabulous deal at Home Depot right before Christmas on a air compressor and 2 nail gun set. I really did want need this… the smallest nails our other gun can handle is 2” and that was WAY to long for this project. We used Liquid Nails and 1” nails for all of the trim. The baseboard is 4.25” and matches the rest of the trim in the house.

installing molding on kitchen island

The trim I chose is actually chair rail backing, which has great detail on it and I really like it used this way. Seriously my friend caulk and I have spent a lot of time together on this project!

installing molding on kitchen island

This is after one coat of paint. I have to wait 16 hours between coats, which seems like forever, but I can get a good feel for how this is going to finish up!

installing molding on kitchen island

I am still waiting for my appliques to come in and then I have to prime, paint and install the center detail work, but I am thrilled with how it looks so far. The addition of the trim really bulks up the cabinet and the paint helps this piece look brand new!

So now you know what I will be working on this week… I hope my back can stand it! I will share with you some good before and after shots once it’s all complete.

Hope you all have a great week ahead, thanks as always for stopping by!

Until next time…

KY Ki

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