DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

May 14, 2019
Good Morning Family, Friends and DIY'ers! The time has come for me to share my DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover in our Colorado home.
It is a process that cannot be rushed and patience along with a sturdy back, hands and arms are required. I still have about eight more cabinets to do.
I will be sharing before and after photos of our Kitchen cabinets along with a supply list and the real facts on how I successfully stripped, sanded, and painted our builder grade Oak cabinets.
his type of project is perfect for those months that require an individual to be indoors more than outdoors.
So without further delay let's proceed!

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I have always loved a white Kitchen!
 Many of you will remember our white gourmet Kitchen in Rockwall, Texas. My Texas Kitchen was a dream Kitchen which my husband and I designed.
 So with that same design in mind, we are ever so slowly creating an abbreviated version of that dream white Kitchen right here in our Colorado Cottage Home.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here we go!

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As you can see this Kitchen needs some real love and a gas line for a gas range...once you have cooked with gas figuring out the low, high and medium of an electric range is a tad bit daunting and then just imagine adding high altitude!
I need Julia Childs!

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1. Rubber gloves 7. Sand Paper (100 grit) 2. Painter plastic drop cloths 8. Steel Wool 3. Paper Towels 9. Metal Bucket 4. Newspaper 10. Putty Knife 5. Paint Brushes 11. Screw Driver ( Or drill with attachment) 6. Wire Brush 12. Klean- Strip 1 gal. Sprayable Stripper 13. Kiltz 14. White Enamel or Semi-gloss Paint 15. 4 inch sponge rollers and roller (2 packages of rollers)

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Directions For DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover:

When doing this project please make sure you are in a well ventilated space.
I used our garage and an old work table.
The fumes from the stripper are quite strong and truly this a messy project!
Wear tattered clothing, worn out shoes and an old apron and please, please don't forget those safety goggles and rubber gloves.
Once the stripper begins working it sort of bubbles as all of that old varnish and stain begin to loosen, sort of looks like an ooey gooey version of a praline.

Using a screwdriver or drill with the appropriate bit remove all of the drawers and doors and pulls from Kitchen cabinets.
Spread a drop cloth on top of a work table then place the cabinet doors and drawers that you will be working on top of the drop cloth.

Put on rubber gloves then spray or paint a generous amount of stripper onto the face of the cabinet door or drawers. I worked on bundles of 3-4 at a time.
Wait 15- 20 minutes and then scrape off the softened lacquer with a putty knife, starting at the top and scraping down. Let the gel finish fall onto the drop cloth.
Repeat process until all the goo is removed. Wipe down the doors with paper towels.

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Sand all surfaces with 100-grit sandpaper.
 If the cabinet has integrated profiled moldings, use a wire brush to get into the nooks and crannies. Re-sand the cabinets with 100-grit sandpaper.
Sand parallel to the grain on all surfaces until the wood has a consistent look.
I took my cabinet doors and drawers into our guest bathroom and gave them a good washing in the bathtub.
 I didn't soak them, just cleaned them up real good and then set them down to dry.

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I let them dry about 3 hours and then applied my first coat of Kiltz.
I always let my paint dry longer than recommended because I just don't want any chips or honestly ever have to repaint these cabinets EVER again.
Once was enough for me!

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Once the Kiltz had dried I applied my first coat of Behr semi-gloss white paint.
I let it dry overnight and then applied the second the coat in the morning.
I waited 24 hours before installing the doors, drawers and pulls.

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Would I do it all over again...the teetering on ladders, the smelling of toxic fumes, the contortions, the sore back and the exhaustion??

Well of course! I saved us $20,000 dollars in new cabinets and the project took about one month.
This was not one of those enjoyable DIY projects...
But I sure do have a sense of satisfaction and maybe a little backache combined
with a whole lot of joy.

Thanks so much for stopping by! XOXO

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  1. I love white kitchens too. Your cabinets turned out great!

  2. All your hard work paid off, Jemma, it looks great! White cabinets make the kitchen so airy, and I like them as well. I especially love all the special touches, like the roosters and the bread box. And those sunflowers in the mason jars are delightful. Looks cheerful for these Spring days. You really did a wonderful job. Your kitchen says "welcome" to me.

    Have a good week, dear Jemma. I'm meeting my best friend for lunch, who used to live
    in Colorado. She grew up here, but Colorado was her home for many years, and she loved living there. I know you will too. : )

  3. What a big difference the white cabinets make. So bright and pretty. Great job. Looking so good.
    Happy New Week.

  4. Joyce, you took on a behemoth of a job but it was so worth it! I love how light and bright it is but I also love seeing some of the things in your kitchen that are so you!

  5. It looked like a lot of hard work but now you will be able to emjoy your new kitchen! I know I'm in the old fashioned minority, as I still like wood grain cabinets, but the white cabinets and trim looks very bright, fresh and modern.

  6. Now THAT is a serious project, Jemma, and it looks great. I don't suppose you hire out?!!

  7. Wow, Jemma, what a project but hey, they look fantastic!! I love a white kitchen too....but I don't have the time or patience to do what you did, at least not at this stage of my life, so my country wood kitchen shall stay put!! :) Enjoy your garden, my friend!

  8. Good morning dearest heart! Well, watching you do this has now confirmed to me why my husband does not want to do our cabinets. The amount of WORK you are bravely willing to do, yourself is quite impressive but definitely time consuming! Both of us don't care to work with chemicals, so I now can understand why he is shying away from it all. I'll have to live in this sweet house with those orangy wooden cabinets and just paint the walls white. WELL DONE!!!

  9. You have been a busy lady and the outcome looks like it was worth it. BEAUTIFUL! That was a labor of love and saving money. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Wow that was a lot of work but it turned out great!

  11. Your cabinets look great. Well done! Peace and blessings.

  12. Your cabinets look amazing. They have transformed that kitchen. Great job. I hope your back feels better and I hope the snow didn't kill your new plantings.

  13. Jemma, I'm so envious of your skills AND energy! I could never tackle a project that big, but I want to Pin this for future reference on much smaller projects!

  14. Those cabinets look great, and I'm in awe that you did them yourself! We just had a cabinet refinisher paint our cabinets white, and I love the look but Im not sure I would go through all of the trouble myself! Now that we have white cabinets, I love all the options that are open to me due to the neutral cabinets! I'm having the best time choosing how to decorate my "new" kitchen.

  15. Beautiful job.

  16. The kitchen look wonderful. The cabinets turned out great.. you can do no wrong with white.


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