Much like the Alamo, this kitchen was a battle. It didn’t look like it would be at first, just your run of the mill, “orange oak” cabinets the owner had decided he wanted up update a bit…
He mentioned he’d like to move on from the gold hardware too… of course I sent him to DLawless Hardware right away and helped him find some fabulous cup pulls. I use and recommend DLawless hardware for their amazing selection combined with fantastic prices. The “icing” on the cake is that they ship super fast too… It’s a combination you don’t see often anymore.
I always prime kitchen cabinets- I consider it extra “insurance”. I also give them a deep clean and this was no exception. I used all the intense cleaners (including TSP substitute because I just had a feeling) then I deglossed and scuff sanded more than usual even….after a primer coat and two coats of paint (Shabby Paints Alamo White), the cabinets looked great and it was time to seal them…..
Guess what? 24 hours after the sealer went on I got a little surprise:
Pretty sure it’s old grease swinging by to say hello from deep in the grain of the wood…
Well, it was an unwelcome sight to say the least…sanded the spots completely out and had to break out the big guns- oil based primer. I’d rather not usually, but in this case it was more than necessary. Honestly, some of the spots had to be primed and painted three more times before they stopped bleeding through. The worst part is that you just don’t know if you’ve contained it until you spray the sealer and make it past the 48 hour mark… Ugh.
Painting that wine rack was a trick too. It had to be taken apart nearly completely to make sure to be able to reach all the corners and crevices. Putting it back in, I didn’t have the help I did taking it out so I was able to use science to lend an assist. I made a lever out of a couple of scrap 2x4s and lifted it in place from where I had rested it on top of the fridge. Jamming another 2×4 scrap under my lever created a fulcrum of sorts and held it in place long enough to get a few strategic screws in place.
Finally got all of it squared away and Voila! Fresh, updated kitchen!
I love the floor tiles he chose and I can’t wait to see the paint color he choses for the kitchen walls. I think the cup pulls make a huge difference too.
What do you think? Do you like this kitchen makeover or think it looked better the old way?
(While DLawless has provided hardware in exchange for sharing it with you, all opinions are my own and always will be.)