Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover - Researching & Planning!

The Hubs and I have been discussing our desire to change the kitchen cabinets since before we closed on the house two and a half years ago. We recently obtained a quote (from a big-box home improvement store) just to replace the doors on the cabinets and re-face the cabinet boxes.
Just the down-payment wasn't even within our reach.
However, we had a plan B! We've been researching, planning, getting opinions from others, and now we are ready (um, hopefully).  This WILL be an adventure.

The kitchen cabinets are dated, chipped and... well, get ready for some ugly:

Keepin' it real, man...
Why yes, those ARE cheap, plywood cabinet doors!  
AND they have a funky "groove", too! Verrry '70s!

Here's the low-down on what we will keep:
  • The wall color. We painted our main floor all one color, since the it's sort of open-concept, and there is no separation between the adjoining rooms. The color is "Worn Path" by Valspar. In person it doesn't look yellow, like it does in the photos!
  • All of our large appliances are white and fairly new so we won't be replacing them. 
  • We have lovely Corian countertops in "Riviera" with integrated white sinks so we're keeping them.
  • We just installed a top-of-the-line garbage disposal...something we didn't have before. 
  • The pretty oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures are newer and since we love them, we've already matched our hardware pulls to them.

Some things we would like to change, but are not sure if the budget will allow right now:
  • New flooring. I dislike this vinyl floor mostly because of the color; it's white but has a "pattern" in it that makes it look dirty even when it's clean. (Can we say "extremely frustrating"?)
  • New faucet to match the lighting and other hardware. (The one we have is perfectly functional, so it's not a "need", it's a "want".
  • Crown molding where the walls and ceiling meet. (I've never cut a mitered corner, and that scares me.)
Things we can't change:
  • The almost non-existent budget.  We've saved a bit from our income tax refund, and it has to
    s-t-r-e-t-c-h. A lot.
  • The hideous "popcorn" ceiling.
  • The fake "beam" that separates the kitchen from the living room. - Well, it could be removed, but then we'd have to tackle the "popcorn" and that won't be happening.
  • The time constraint. The Hubs has a week plus 2 weekends off from college classes (spring break) to help me get this project moved into the "after" category.   
Our biggest changes:
  • We will be using a technique we saw here to convert the doors to a Shaker-Style.
  • We have decided to mix-n-match the color of the cabinets: 

Light color on the upper wall cabinets, dark "coffee bean" color on the base cabinets.
We don't have the exact colors picked out yet, so stay tuned for updates!

We are really excited about our kitchen adventure and we want to share it with you!  Check back often for progress reports and before-and-after photos.
If you have completed a kitchen project like ours, especially on a tiny budget, I'd LOVE to hear what worked for you and what didn't, so feel free to comment below.

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