Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kitchen Cabinets Makeover--Part 2


After buying our fixer-upper and discovering that new cabinets were not in the budget, we decided to make do with what we have and spruce the old girls up a bit.


Bead board covereth a multitude of sins, my child.


Using paintable/stainable wood filler, my hubby filled the gaps.


He was very proud of himself.


And he should be, it was a lot of work.


He laid out the doors and drawers and primed, then painted.


It took about three coats and he sanded them in between each.


In the meantime, he primed and painted the cabinets inside.


Then he added the bead board to the sides and the backs using Gorilla Glue and clamps first,


and then tacking them in place last.


After the paint was very dry on the doors and drawers, he used steel wool to remove any imperfections in the paint--this gave it a really sleek look.

Then he added a final, light coat of paint.


The updated doors made all the difference--the kitchen is looking so much brighter and newer.


We still have a lot of work ahead of us, though.


But we're getting there.

And I'm loving how much better they look.


  1. They look great! Ya'll did a fanatistic job!

  2. Wow!!! I LOVE bead board...you all did a fantastic job of upcycling your cabinets! You should be very proud of the job you did!! I really, really like what you did!! Great job!
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  3. Phenomenal update! It sure does seem like a lot of work, but it was so worth it.

  4. Your husband did a wonderful job, love the beadboard...great idea!

  5. The hard work paid off! You have a gorgeous kitchen. I'm a big fan of beadboard. Looks amazing!

  6. HI! just found your blog, at the POPP -(domestically speaking)Great job on the cabinets.

    Our kitchen is a work in progress-- we just finished up a Mantle over the range...

    can't wait to see the finished kitchen when y'all get it all done.

  7. alot hard work went into this but alot pride comes with that also...looks fantastic

  8. Oh it looks so much better already! Hang in there!

  9. Oh, how nice your cabinets turned out! You both should be so very proud! Looks great.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. I looks great and I know you must be thrilled with it. I painted my cabinets last year and it became a big task! Best of luck!

  11. What a way to save about 20,000! And it looks absolutely fabulous! I just love post like this where someone saves money puts work into restoration and comes out with a very stylish kitchen that looks like a magazine shoot! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wow! You guys did a great job :) They look so much more custom and classy now! I'm now staring at my cabinets and wishing I wasn't a renter...

  13. Hang in there! I just finished filling holes and painting my almost 40 year old wood cabinets and am SOOO pleased with them now! You will be so happy with your efforts. Kudos!

  14. A great idea to save you money on your back splash is to paint it on using acrylic paint. Then you just seal it with clear shiny sealer. I have it in my house and everyone who goes into my kitchen says they love my tile work, then i tell them i painted it and the are amazed, they always go and look at it up close every time. Here is what I am talking about http://itsajolleykindalife.blogspot.com/2010/05/ok-so-here-is-what-i-do.html

  15. You should give your husband a big ol hug every time you look at those cabinets. every. single. time. They look perfect! He did a great job!


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