3 DIY Actions To Take To Make Your Kitchen Look Brand New – Part 1

If you have an aged, drab looking kitchen, like mine was, there are 3 pretty easy things you can do in a week to turn your kitchen into a place you want to be, rather than a place dread going.

Cabinets! Backsplash! Countertops! Yes, it’s THAT easy!  All of this is definitely DIY, but some things you may want to have someone do for you, but is still much easier than a kitchen remodel.  🙂

I knew since we moved into our house a year ago, that our kitchen needed a little help. Everything was in great condition, just not my style and a bit aged.  Three weeks after moving in, we had our third baby and all of my DIY tasks got put on the back burner.  Finally this summer I got to tackle some of those tasks.  I was so excited because this is definitely my jam.  I have really gotten into crafting things, building things, redoing things, etc.  I spent several nap times, weekends, and late nights getting this done.

I will first show you what my kitchen looked like before.  As you know, I’m terrible at before and afters, really just better at the after, but I was able to scrounge up this picture from when our house was for sell before we bought to show you what the kitchen looked like.

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The first thing I did was paint the cabinets.  I did this before the wallpaper so I didn’t have to be careful with the paint.  I’m sure it would be fine in any order, but that’s how I did it.

Things you’ll need:

  • Paint brush
  • Paint – I used Rustoleum “Chalked” Paint in Linen White on the top and Country Gray on the bottom and love it.  I was super hesitant about doing two different colors, but I’m so glad I did!!  The thing I love about the chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand or anything.  The paint soaks into the grain and fills in the super grainy areas so if you have really grainy oak cabinets like mine, it’s completely finishes them for you.
  • Painters’ Tape
  • Screwdriver or drill, whichever you prefer
  • Sealer (optional) – I haven’t yet put a sealer over it, because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to or not, but if you do that, be sure to use Polycrylic, not polyurethane because it won’t yellow.
  • Handles or pulls, whichever you prefer

Here’s how I did it!

  1. Take the cabinet doors and hinges off.  Place the screws in a safe place.  I took a sticky note and numbered my doors.  Mine are a lot of different sizes, so I probably didn’t need to do that since I really couldn’t place my doors in any other spot but their own.  But I recommend doing that anyway…just in case.
  2. Get your doors out of the way so you can paint without stumbling over everything.  I put mine in my garage on some unfolded boxes where I planned on painting them.
  3. Paint the cabinets.  I chose to paint the actual cabinets first and then the doors.  Your preference as to which one you do first.  I did not paint the inside of my cabinets.  Some people do this, but I didn’t have the patience for it.  I also felt like it’d be scratched up in no time and I’d just be ticked about it.  Again, whatever your preference is on this is what you should do.
  4. Round two.  Basically repeat step 3.
  5. Optional: Paint a 3rd coat.  This is really going to depend on the condition of your cabinets, the finish you want, and how the cabinets are taking the paint.
  6. Add hardware.  I haven’t done this part yet because I haven’t found any handles I like.  Be careful when you do this because they are kind of hard to line up and you DON’T want these uneven.  You’ll just be mad at yourself.  The best way I’ve seen this done is to make your own jig like he’s done in this video.  When I find my handles I want, I’ll more than likely take the doors off.  Maybe not, we’ll see.  I’m all about doing things the easiest way possible.
  7. Reattach cabinet doors.  When the paint it dry, I’d give it at least an over night, you can then screw the doors back in.

Here is what my cabinets looked like after painting them and stripping the wallpaper.  The wallpaper was super easy to strip using Zinsser DIF Wallpaper Stripping Gel.  Spray on, peel off.  It was literally that easy.

Stay tuned for Part 2 on the backsplash soon!!

Have you gone DIY on your kitchen?  I’d love to hear about it!


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