Look at what a difference paint can make
Here are the befores for the kitchen, nice oak cabinets but after tweny years they were starting to show alot of wear. Also, after installing the laminate floor, it was way too much wood on wood look for me. Last year we installed a home office area at the opposite end of the sink. Take a look at that post to see how it looks. Fast forward a year and in February I painted the bathroom vanity and it turned out so incredible. Hubby said bathroom looks so good, you want to paint the kitchen cabinets? He didn't have to say that twice! So here are the before pictures:
|like the bucket in the middle of the floor|
To prepare the cabinets, I sanded them, applied Liquid sandpaper (deglosser), then three coats of Behr Plus paint (the one with primer) in satin enamel finish and the color was Antique White. To finish it off I applied 3 coats of wipe-on poly. I talked to a friend in town who paints and sells furniture, she recommended I do this and the paint would not chip.
Here is the after pictures
The afternoon was overcast for the pictures but still with the painted cabinets my kitchen is so much brighter. In fact, our lighting is on a dimmer and we have to dim the lights a bit in the evenings. Wonderful problem to have! I am so happy, well more like thrilled and overjoyed with the transformation. The power of paint, amazing what a gallon will do. I have less than $100 in supplies for my cabinets and two weeks of painting time.
Future plans are to eventually replace the appliances in stainless steel. The old dishwasher died in November, so we replaced it with stainless steel.
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Updated June 30, 2011 to share on CSI Kitchen Makeover challenge