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A Few Updates Make all the Difference! Kitchen Remodel

03 August 2011

A Few Updates Make All the Difference!  Kitchen Remodel

Here is what it looked like Before:

I loved my cobalt blue kitchen. Afterall, blue has always been my favorite color. (Yes, I love orange too, but blue has been with me through thick and thin and you can't forsake a friend like that!). But after 7 years, the "change" bug was really biting me. And leaving quite an itchy spot!!

Those cupboards always bugged me. Man I wanted to paint them. But it just seemed so sinful. But a good friend nudged me in the "go for it" direction, so I went for it, baby! My white and cobalt blue kitchen is now what my dad calls machine gray. Sounds pretty, eh?

Cabinets are black on the bottom and white on top, painted with Behr Semi Gloss Enamel. It was expensive paint at about $35 a gallon, but last I checked, that's a penny in the bucket compared to buying new cabinets!! We went with that brand because that's what the dude at Lowe's said would be our best bet. I also took all the hardware (pulls) off and spray painted them silver. Again, quite a bit cheaper that new. However, if you have to buy new, don't go anywhere until you look at Ebay. I don't know why, but brand new on ebay is waaaaay cheaper than in the store and there is an amazing variety to choose from.

Money saving tip: mix your own paint. This can be scary, but just use your brain and remember that blue and yellow make green. I had some white on hand, some black, some blackish brown, some gray....

We (me and my dear mother who came from Iowa to help me with this overwhelming project) stirred it all together and tested it on the wall until I had something I liked.

Beautimous!!! no?? I'm like a proud parent looking at this here corner of my kitchen. :) 
Next?  The 25 cent back splash!! Yippeeeee!!

Can't say I've ever had a "back splash" per se, just painted it the same as the walls! Shall I even go so far as to admit, I never really thought about doing cool things on that space of the wall until a few years ago? Back splash? What's a back splash?

I was making a mad dash in to town one Saturday to run 5 errands in

enough time allotted for about 2 errands. As I'm coming in to town, there is a big sign spouting "Rummage Sale". I'm still a recovering garage sale addict, so slips now and then are inevitable.

I stop. Amidst my amazing finds was a huge roll of paintable wallpaper!!! For a QUARTER! I was thinking that stuff might make a neat back splash, and I was even willing to pay for a roll at Lowes. It always pays to stop, no matter how big of a hurry you're in!

Mom measured and cut it down to the size needed, then I took it outside and spray painted it silver.

We used Elmer's Glue mixed with a little water to adhere it to the wall. Afterall, we're into using what we have on hand, and wallpaper paste is not something I had on hand!

And finally painted kitchen countertops:
counter tops when we bought the house

(Click HERE for my tutorial and before and afters of my kitchen!!)

If you recall, about a month or so ago (see posting from September 19th, 2010), my mom and I decided to try something a little crazy and paint my countertops to save vookoo bucks! Ya'll were quite freaked out about such a wild idea! I LOVED how they turned out, except for my "oops" that I blogged about and that was that I rolled it on with too much pressure and didn't put the paint on thick enough. It had a couple VERY TINY scratches after a month, and being able to see my roller marks was just driving me bonkers. After being the Guinea pig, my mom now knowing what NOT to do, decided to paint hers. It turned out A-MAZ-ING.

 So while she was here visiting again last week, we redid mine. Instead of using just a base coat and "bag tapping" another color on top, we "bag tapped" on our 2nd color, then mixed the two and did it again, then mixed in some ivory colored paint, did a 3rd time, then used some black for some dark flecks, and then lightly tapped the base on again. The result? A MUCH thicker paint job, with a LOT more texture and depth. I love it!!

This was how it looked after the first paint job. Not bad, but not as good! (Click HERE to see my 25 cent backsplash!!!)

This project was contributed by one of our fabulous readers! We love to share your projects with this great blogging community. So, if you have projects from kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, overhauled and repurposed furniture, spray paint updates you name it please send it in! Thanks for reading Remodelaholic!

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Mrs Lemon August 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

This is my kind of kitchen remodel! Have you considered sealing in the countertop to avoid scratches in your awesomely cheap bag tapping paint job? :)

Gray is my current favorite color, but red I will have with me always. I love that you kept some of your favorite color as an accent.

Allison August 3, 2011 at 3:34 PM  

I think you mean beaucoup, not "vookoo" if you're trying to use the french word for "many/lots"

Tanya Anurag August 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

I must say I liked both- Gray as well as Blue. Gray has come as a nice change. Love the countertop!!


Beckasue August 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM  

Nice job! The remodel looks great and you can even do it on a budget!

momstheword August 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM  

Your kitchen is gorgeous!!!! I love that you painted the countertops. What did you use to seal it?

I'd love to paint mine but so far the sealant I've seen says something about not using on surfaces that you'd eat on, or something like that. I want to be able to put food on my countertops without worrying about it.

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