Painting kitchen cabinets was $95 well spent! Paint can go a LONG way to modernize your space. A more expensive remodel is in our future. By spending less on this refresh, we can pay it forward for more expensive upgrades in the future. More changes to come! (Check out all of our kitchen upgrades here!)
$95 Kitchen Refresh With Paint
At the time I posted this, our kitchen “remodel” (aka: paint supplies) cost $95! Now we add inexpensive decor elements to enhance the space. There is still a lot left to do, but we’re happy with the results so far.
When Mark and I put an offer in on this house in July 2018, we knew that a kitchen remodel was in our future. While we are saving for a more expensive remodel, we know first hand that updating your kitchen cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint can increase the show-ability and the value of your home. This is our 5th cabinetry paint project!
Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors:
- Kitchen Cabinets // Valspar Cabinet Enamels paint line at Lowe’s — tinted in a Benjamin Moore color called “Graystone”.
- Kitchen Island // Valspar Cabinet Enamels paint line at Lowe’s — tinted in a Benjamin Moore color called “Peppercorn”.
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This kitchen mini-remodel took a lot less time than my previous house. I lightly sanded and cleaned the cabinets. Then gave them a light coat of Kilz 2 Primer. Followed by 2 coats of enamel (I always recommend enamel paint which dries harder than latex.
Open wood grain cabinets require a completely different approach, these were smooth grain and saved a lot of time.
I didn’t remove the cabinets and used an artist brush around the hinges and around the door openings. I only had to lightly hand sand (I had to do heavy sanding with the deep grain oak in the past). I applied primer followed by 2 coats of Valspar. So easy this time!
Kitchen Remodel To-Do List:
The paint and hardware is just a temporary solution for the kitchen but there are a few things we still would like to change:
- New countertops // The pale pink just doesn’t quite suit us :)
- New sink & update appliances // we would like a white or stainless sink. The current black sink is pretty scratched up. We want our appliances to also look like part of the cabinetry.
- Tiled Backsplash // this time, tile. We had a stenciled kitchen backsplash before, so we’d like to upgrade just a bit in this kitchen.
- Add open shelving // We’d like to remove a few of the upper cabinets and redesign our pantry (the big, obtrusive cabinet on the right).
- Rebuild & extend the island // We’ve repurposed our kitchen island in our previous house, so we’d like something a little prettier and more substantial. We’d also like to extend the seating arrangement in there.
- Add window seating // I’d like to change the bay area into a smaller seating arrangement.
Change chandelier& add pendants // I’m thinking 2-3 pendant lights over the “new” island, another over the sink. Then of course, changing the chandelier. New Hardware // we are waiting for new antique brass cup pulls to arrive tomorrow, just in time for Christmas.Done!
- New flooring // we miss our dark floors from the old house, but these can’t be installed until we make some final decisions about our island layout.
New Kitchen Feature Wall in the Works
I shared a tip during my appearance on the Rachael Ray Show about hiding mail. The baskets and all sources can be found below!