Oh my WORD y’all! This post is coming to you at the end of a very long week! I feel like we’ve been juggling 5 projects at once! Because of our current state I’ve considered writing a post entitled “Living in a construction zone: How to survive DIY projects” but we don’t even do that very well- if someone has any tips for me, that’d be great!
If you follow me on Instagram ( I hope you do!) you get to see fun little snippets that I share of my projects in progress. This week I dove headlong into the kitchen cabinet makeover we’ve been planning for our kitchen since the day we moved in! We are so so so excited about how our cabinets are turning out, it’s AMAZING! Stick around and I’ll catch you up to speed on everything that has happened so far!
I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to our budget friendly kitchen makeover and the above photo is one of the many inspiration pins you would find there. I love the shaker style cabinets and the cabinet feet, and I knew these two elements could be easily replicated with our own cabinets.
From these two photos you can tell that our cabinets are just really flat and boring, even the paint is basically flat paint so they really don’t clean up very well either. the one thing our cabinets have going for them is that they are solid wood- so they can stand up to a beating, which is great with kiddos.
Fast forward to this week after we took the old countertop off and realized that most of the front facing trim along the top would need to be replaced. There was a slide-out cutting board between/above the two drawers which is so desperately 90’s and the two drawers on either side of the sink would need to be shortened and made into faux drawers in order to accommodate our farmhouse sinks expansive size.
Once I put the new trim in place I used this amazing stuff called Durham’s Water Putty to fill any cracks and holes. I cannot rave about this putty enough! it is basically bondo and dries super super hard but sands very smooth, easily and has a great finish after it’s sanded down. I totally recommend this for any wood project.
Next I primed, painted and put down contact paper/shelf liner in the bottom of the cabinets. I used a foam brush and roller to paint the cabinets. Primer is Zinsser’s water based primer . I researched and agonized over what paint to use for our cabinets. I wanted something super glossy and pretty that would look like lacquer and wipe clean really easily. I ended up going with a product I’ve used on console tables and dressers in the past. Valspar’s latex enamel in gloss white (the link is to satin, I don”t think gloss is available online). Also, just a note at this point I primed and painted the inside of the cabinets but I only primed the outside as I planned to add some extra moulding at the bottom.
Once the sink was in place and totally hooked up I realized I would need to add additional trim to the cabinet face to bump the cabinet around the sink out enough to meet the back of the apron front. The previous owner had built the cabinets himself and so they have some certain quirks about them, like that they are about 1.5″ shallower than standard base cabinets. We eliminated a majority of these quirks just by replacing some of the wood facing and adding extra moulding around the sink cabinet seemed like a great idea anyway because it makes the farmhouse sink look like a feature. Like this dreamy sink, cabinet combo right here!
Once I added the moulding around the sink cabinet I cut out all the “feet” for my cabinets and attached them
Once again I used the Durham’s water putty to fill the holes, lines and cracks in the wood and then sanded them smooth.
After sanding and wiping the cabinets down with a tack cloth to remove dust I primed and painted the outside faces of the cabinets as well as their “feet”.
I’m so incredibly impressed and excited about the way the cabinet bases have turned out! The feet were such a quick and easy detail to add. You can see in my IG picture that I just traced them from a template I made out of cardstock and I cut them with my jigsaw out of cheap white wood 1×4.
Our cabinets are really looking quite custom these days! Our cabinet hardware just arrived today and I’ve begun adding moulding, paint and hardware to our drawers and cabinets, I can’t wait to share! Come back soon for part II of our kitchen cabinet makeover!