Thursday, April 11, 2013

From Oh No-ing to Glowing: Kitchen Remodel

 Black and White Kitchen Makeover

Looking back at the before photos of the kitchen when we bought our house, I'm happy with every change we were able to make that resulted in what I call the "Oh No-ing to Glowing" kitchen renovation. We knew that the kitchen needed change and luckily we accomplished the remodel before a new baby completely zapped my ability to make a decision, let alone finish a project for quite a few months.

Here is a photo of the kitchen when we bought the house:

Kitchen Before Painting Cabinets White and Replacing Counters
Source: MLS 2010

Our first step was to replace the outdated appliances and then address the cabinet situation.


Here is what we considered:
* Replace cabinets: We quickly realized that wasn't a wise choice both because the cost was outrageous for what we wanted and because our cabinets were in good condition.
* Replace cabinet doors: Again, the cost was quite high to replace doors that had nothing wrong with them other than my dislike for their color and rough texture.
* Stain the cabinets a darker wood tone: I was not in love with the idea of darkening anything in a kitchen that more than anything needed to be brightened.
* Paint them: Ding, ding, ding! We had a winner! My husband used his magic and turned our rough, builder grade cabinets into smooth white beauties. They are smooth.

After Photo of Black and White Kitchen Remodel


After sanding the doors to remove the old finish, he covered them with a brushing putty from Fine Paints of Europe in order to fill in the grain. This extra step before priming and painting helped completely cover the heavy grain and running your hands over the cabinets now, you wouldn't have a clue how rough they were originally. He used a Zinsser oil based primer followed by two coats of Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo in White Dove for the finish and I couldn't be any happier with it. To finish the cabinets off, he added beadboard trim on the sides facing out and crown molding to the top all the way around.



Black and White Kitchen with Quartz Island

With the money that we saved refinishing the cabinets ourselves, we were able to upgrade the teeny tiny island to a larger one with tons of storage. My husband built a bump up off the front of the island in order to make a bar area that we use every time we host a dinner to serve snacks or set up cocktails. I take away the barstools and it makes a perfect standing-height snack and drink area. People end up standing around the island no matter where we set up seating.
Here is a closer look at the bump up he built on to the end of our kitchen island:


DIY Fabric Barstool Covers from Ikea

I was pregnant when we chose and ordered our countertops. The reason I mention this is that I blame all clouded thinking and judgement on my pregnant brain. The day that they were installed I was at work and came home to find that they had installed the WRONG countertops. This could really be another post but in short, there were two similar quartz color choices at Lowes called Abyss Black and Abyss. When we placed the order, we failed to notice our order listed the wrong color and that wrong color was dark green. It would have been a crisis and an extremely expensive mistake but the manager of our Lowes came to the rescue and allowed us to replace the countertops they had just installed with the ones we wanted even though it was largely our fault. We were very lucky. Here is a close up (with a baby photo bomb) of the black counters we wanted.

Black Quartz Counters

After the appliances, cabinets, and counters were updated, our final job was to replace the worn vinyl flooring with new tile. There were nailheads showing through the floor so there wasn't any way we could make it work or cover it with enough rugs to be able to live with it. A large part of the budget for this remodel was spent on the flooring which we hired out rather than do ourselves. At the time, I pregnantly thought (yes that's a way of thinking) that tile was the most practical for a kitchen. I'm not sure I was right but the light tile brightens the kitchen so much more than the old brown vinyl.

Eating in the Shower kitchen remodel with the perfect gray paint color

After two tries, some tears, and good advice from a friend, we got the gray wall color right with Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray. It is exactly what we wanted- never looks blue or lilac in any light. I added some DIY pelmet boxes done in a bold black and white fabric to the window above the kitchen sink and the sliding door to polish off the room. The mirror was a clearance find at Homegoods spray painted white and the big fork from Hobby Lobby was brown until it also tangled with a can of spray paint. The kitchen and happy signs are also from Hobby Lobby and they were just fine the way they were!

 DIY Black and White Fabric Pelmet Box

One last look at the before and after photos:
Black and White Kitchen Before and After

 Being in our kitchen makes me very, very,


White kitchen cabinet with black and white pelmet box


59 comments:

  1. I love your kitchen! The white cabinets make it look so much bigger, happier and brighter!
    We painted ours white (well, antique white) last year and absolutely loved the choice! You guys did an amazing job!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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  2. It looks awesome! I really want to paint our old cabinets white, but we're plannign to turn it into a rental when we eventually move and have been advised that's nto the best idea :( But yours looks beautiful so I can just live vicariously through you!

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    1. Thanks! I wonder why it's not advised for a rental?
      Kate

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  3. Such a transformation! Looks soooo much better and brighter!

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  4. What a beautiful transformation...Love your new kitchen. Great job!
    And thanks for sharing.

    http://curiositaellya.blogspot.com/

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  5. So pretty! I love the color scheme, the little pops of color here and there. I found you via Somewhat Simple.

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  6. What a beautiful makeover, if you get a chance please share this on my sunday linky party (starts sat at 6pm) http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

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  7. Your kitchen looks amazing! WHat a big difference. We did the same thing to our kitchen last summer (painted the cabinets, window treatments, etc) and it still amazes me that it feels like a whole new space every time we walk into it. I hope you feel the same!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! It makes such a difference that I know what you mean about continually feeling amazed by the change.

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  8. Looks OUTSTANDING...luv how y'all added the bar. Where did you find those corbels? The wall color is perfect. Thanks for coming by today and leaving a comment:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda! The first time we painted the wall, the gray came out looking light purple in certain light so this was a big improvement. The corbels were from Lowes. Have a good weekend,
      Kate

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  9. Hi, I'm visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick. You did an amazing transformation in your kitchen without changing the lay-out at all! The island and the added 'bar' your husband cresated is just the perfect size, too. It never ceases to amaze me what paint can do! I like the contrasting color countertop, and the beadboard on the sides of the cabinets and island facing the dinette is a lovely finishing touch. Not too much, not too little. Your kitchen looks modern and yet traditional at the same time. I admire your styling, too. What's not to love about classic black and white. Wonderful kitchen redo.

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    1. Jan,
      Thanks for such a wonderful and thoughtful comment!

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    2. I'm very fond of white cabinets; I painted the cabinets in my first house white (took tons of coats in semi-gloss to cover over a gross brown "antiqued" look finish!) in 1986 and when I had my current home built in 1989 I went with very sleek "Euro-look" (as they were called then) white cabinets - frameless. I haven't tired of them even after 23 years! I also have a black "granite" countertop out of Formica, and that's held up amazingly well all these years too. My kitchen needs fresh paint, though. I like the contrast between a colored wall and the white cabinets, I will do something like that on my cabinet walls. I want to go with a dark taupe for a dramatic look, but the dinette, which is separated from the kitchen by a peninsula, will stay white. I especially like the "feel" of your redone kitchen; I can't put my finger on it, but yours looks warm and inviting. I've seen lots of kitchen redos on the internet, and some of those kitchens, while fabulously beautiful and incredibly expensive, I would never feel comfortable working in, I'd be afraid of putting a pot down on the countertop for fear of making a smudge and would have to use a megaphone to talk to guests at the other end of the room, LOL! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'll be on vacation soon and once I get back I'll concentrate on finding the perfecft lampshade for my teal lamp.

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  10. This looks amazing! I love the transformation! It doesn't even look like the same kitchen. Also, wanted to stop by and thank you for your sweet comment on my organized closet. :)

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  11. You did an amazing job on this kitchen! I wanted to stop by and let you know that I have awarded you the Liebster Award from one blogger to another. Please stop by my blog for the details http://completepackagemama.com/liebster-award/

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    1. Thanks for coming over and commenting on the post. Of course I understand if you don't have time! It is kind of time consuming to find the 11 blogs to award it to and write the post. I'm glad I found yours through it though. I'm following your facebook now and look forward to see your future posts. Good luck!

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  12. Beautiful! Wondering what the paint colour is. I'm looking for a perfect great as well.

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    1. Thanks, Shawna. The paint color is Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray.

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  13. I have shown this to my husband as an example of what our kitchen COULD look like if we painted the cabinets. But he is stubborn about it......men and their wood! Anyway, it is gorgeous and I have the black counter tops and so by looking at yours it is easy to visualize what it could look like in my own home. I think you were smart to put in darker grout in your flooring. The grout in ours is lighter and always looks grungy.

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    1. Thanks! I know what you mean- men hesitate to paint wood... In this case I'm glad he saw the light!

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  14. Woah!!! That before and after is pretty dramatic!! I love the pops of red. What a wonderful transformation!

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    1. Thanks Karah,
      I wanted to do the window treatments with a red fabric but didn't find one I liked as much as the black and white. I'm glad I didn't because just the little pops of it are enough.

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  15. What a fabulous transformation, Kate! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  16. Your kitchen makeover is amazing. Its so bright and fresh and just wonderful now. Im always amazed at what a little paint and elbow grease can do to a space. I just recently revealed my kitchen makeover, too. You can check out our changes if youd like
    http://www.ahomefullofcolor.com/2013/04/official-kitchen-before-and-after.html

    Thanks so much for sharing our beautiful and inspiring kitchen

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  17. Wow! It's so airy and bright -- totally amazing renovation! XO, Aimee

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  18. The transformation of your kitchen looks amazing! You all did a great job, especially your husband on those cabinets. It's beautiful.
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

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    1. Thanks so much! He worked so hard and I'm not sure he was confident in what the end result would be until he saw how they turned out.

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  19. What a beautiful kitchen!!!! And what an amazing transformation, it looks absolutely beautiful!

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  20. Your kitchen is stunning, I love the black and white and what an amazing transformation from before. Gorgeous. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/04/160th-inspire-me-tuesday.html

    This would definitely inspire anyone. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks Marty! I'm going to link up in a few.

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  21. Beautiful -- easy to see why you are so happy with it!

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  22. You are right, that gray is perfect! Gray can be a tricky color, but this one is just right for your kitchen. All the work you put into the makeover was well worth it. I love white kitchens because they really open the space up; yours is a great example of this. Great job!

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    1. Thanks. The gray was so wrong the first time. It was almost lilac at times. This realization came after he painted two coats on the whole kitchen so it was nice to get it right the second time!

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  23. Beautiful kitchen, love the touch of red and I so have to look at the BM paint soon!
    I'm your newest follower hope you stop by soon!

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    1. Thanks! I love your red pottery. It would look great in this kitchen ;)

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  24. wow! i absolutely LOVE what you did with that island! i don't think i'd ever think of that!

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  25. Beautiful kitchen makeover! I love the breakfast bar area you put in!

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  26. Wow... Your kitchen looks INCREDIBLE! The cabinets are amazing and the island is fabulous!

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  27. Great job!! I really appreciate your work.You faced many problems during this remodeling work.Anyway it is looking very beautiful and attractive.Thanks for sharing.

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  28. What a difference! I like what you did with the island. Many people would have just opted to remove it entirely but it does add special character to the room, now that it is more functional.

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  29. This is beautiful I want a kitchen just like this some day! amazing job and wonderful turn around. Thanks so much for this post.

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  30. Love the job you did. It must make you "happy" when you walk into your stunning kitchen.

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  31. Hi, I found your kitchen remodel on Hometalk, I LOVE your kitchen redo, it's beautiful. Where did you get those bar stools? They look adjustable in height right? I just had a bar/pass through put in my kitchen and it's taller than normal bar heights so I need stools that will raise up higher than the standard 29-30".

    Tania

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    1. Thank you Tania! The barstools are from Ikea. They do raise up and down by spinning them.

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  32. Just found your blog. Absolutely love your kitchen, most especially the island. Could you tell me what your layout was for the 3 cabinets to form the island? I'm not sure I'm seeing it correctly. (3 cabinets plus the bump up?) We need to re-design our island and this is the closest I've seen to what I was trying to accomplish. Truly an awesome job!!

    Elise

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    1. Thanks Elise! We ordered three custom Kraftmaid cabinets and joined them. The cabinet facing the stove has a large drawer and two doors. The two side cabinets behind it are back to back and shortened so that they fit/ were in line with the front. They each have a drawer and one door. From the side it looks like 2 cabinets side by side but really we put a false door and drawer front on the sides of the main cabinet that faces the stove. Hope this makes sense!

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  33. Kate, About how long would you guess it took you to paint the cabinets (my husband said it would take too long and be too much work)?

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  34. Hi there!

    Can you elaborate on how you finished off the corners of the beadboard end panels? It's really hard to tell in the pictures. It looks flush, but I'm assuming you must have some kind of molding to cover up the exposed raw edge? My existing kitchen is almost identical to yours -- minus the beadboard on the ends -- and I'd love to add that to mine!

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  35. Kate,
    Now that you've been living with the Viatera countertops for a while, could you share how you are liking them? I'm thinking of getting some myself but it is so hard to find reviews! Thanks!

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    1. The countertops are great! They shine but don't show every water spot.

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  36. Your "before" is practically my kitchen now. Green walls, maple cabinets, and brown flooring. I am so ready for a change. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. Love your kitchen! I have a question about the top coat - did you use oil or latex Impervo?

    Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! We used the oil base version. You might have to check with a Benjamin Moore store whether that exact product is still being sold though- they seemed to move to the Advance line around the time of our remodel. If you can find it though, it's worth it!

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  38. Beautiful Remodel! It has given me lots of Inspo :) Could you tell me an approximate cost of the whole thing?

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  39. I'm not sure if you're still monitoring comments on this post, but I love the bump up! I'm wanting to do something similar, but can't find any plans online. How did you do the bump up?

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