Weekend Project #1: Kitchen Cabinets

A little paint can change everything!

For those of you who don’t know, I bought a house and I spend any free time/insomnia ridden nights updating it. This project actually went over into three weekends because I had to wait for the paint to dry before adding the second coat and then adding the handles. Total cost for this particular project was roughly $240 (including stain brushes).

First of all, I price shop for everything.  I ended up getting the best price on paint and on the handles from Amazon.com.  Home Depot actually sold the same handles for about twice as much in store and about $6/10-pack more online.  I used Minwax Stain ($20) for the color and these satin nickel handles ($25/10-pack) for the hardware.

So here was my kitchen when I bought the house. Cute, but everything was basic contractor package:

Kitchen before

I also updated the lights and they were the same price at Amazon as in store at HD so I went ahead and bought them at Amazon since I have free two-day shipping.  Please note, I’ve noticed the prices fluctuate so be sure to check at both places.  The flushmount ceiling light was about $90  and the hanging pendent light over the sink was about $60.  However, if I would have waited on a Home Depot coupon and completed the project for less.  Patience is not my strong suit. :\

Here’s my kitchen as of yesterday:

Kitchen after

I still have a lot of plans for this kitchen: new stainless steel appliances, wall paint, sink, and granite so this won’t be the last you see of it.  However, the cabinets match the floors in the rest of the house now and the symmetry makes me very happy.  I really love how it’s coming along!

Have you done any cabinet upgrades?  If so, share your pics please!  I love to see before and after photos.

 

Author: SoleySurviving

I'm a single mom and sole-provider for three wonderful little girls under the age of six.

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