When we started the details of the renovation, I turned directly to Pinterest for my inspirations for decorating and design!! And if you look at my lake house board you will find a lot of ideas that have come from those pages to our little cottage at the lake. The one thing that just seemed to escape our budget though was the kitchen. While I HATED, the cabinets, I decided I could live with them for now and eventually we would gut the entire thing and make it what I wanted it to be.
One day, while surfing through Pinerest looking for ideas, I came across a pin that changed the entire experience of owning this place!! There was a pin from www.theletteredcottage.com Inspiring Designs (click the link to take you directly to the article I read) that was amazing. I literally screamed out loud and tears came to my eyes!! I had discovered, through a pin, how to make my kitchen what I was hoping for on a shoestring budget. And the most amazing part is the cabinets they showcased on their blog were exactly, exactly (did I say exactly) the same cabinets in our kitchen. It was fate...no it was the law of attraction...even better...it was pure Pinterest magic!
Check out the pictures below showing our before and after - then I will walk you through how we did it and what it cost!!
You have to love the 1980's engraved look with the uneven Formica!! We added a tongue in grove back splash in an effort to try and Gussie it up, but it didn't do much! However, the end result is breath-taking. I couldn't be more excited about my little kitchen if I tried!!
Below are the steps we took to make this a reality!!
The Cabinets Before - Solid Wood, but not very attractive
The ultimate goal was to make these outdated, yet solid wood, cabinets more modern and sleek all by using a limited budget and tools that we had at the house.
We started by removing all of the cabinets from the hinges and sanding them down. We found a thinner wood trim in the craft wood section at Lowe's Home Improvement store. Mike sanded to create a nice grip for the primer and then primed each cabinet. He then painted each cabinet, with a paint gun. We own one, but you can rent them as well. We did the same sanding, priming and painting to the base of the cabinets as well. He used an oil based paint to allow for a nice washable surface that also had a shine to it. We also painted the hinges with black metal spray paint to prevent us from having to purchase new hinges. The door knobs came from an economy sized kit purchased from Lowe's. They were inexpensive and certainly gave the kitchen the look I was going for!
The butcher block countertops were from Ikea and ran about $129.00 for a 6 ft piece (we used two pieces) and $169.00 for an 8 ft piece (we used one piece). Grand total, between the trim, paint, countertops, sink and faucet, we spent around $800.00!! This is a far cry from what we would have spent if we had contracted a cabinet company to do this for us. I am elated and thrilled with how amazing they turned out!! Thank you to my Handy Mr. for making this my reality and for his focus and attention to the beauty of our surroundings! He always trusts my crazy ideas and that truly means the world to me!!
Check out the final results!!
Until next time!!