Happy New Year friends!! I absolutely love this holiday. I’m always a little sad when Christmas is over but then when New Year’s Eve comes around there’s a spark of excitement in the air.
What I love about New Year’s is that it’s a new start. A new beginning of a new year. I know I’m being a little starry-eyed but looking back on this past year that was filled with lots of ups and downs I have to say I was a little emotional at times. And I was CRAZY emotional at other times. My point is there may be things that didn’t happen or goals that weren’t accomplished but the start of a new year offers hope and a reminder that you can always start over, try again, and to look back on how much there is to be thankful for. Like our new home.
Every day I come home and look around and I can’t believe we get to live here. It just feels like home and it has from the beginning and I am so grateful for it. We’ve been working hard on making some changes so that it reflects our personal style and I am happy to report the kitchen cabinets are finished! Well almost finished. I still have to apply the top coat.
Thankfully, the kitchen didn’t need any major changes. The cabinets are in great condition and the layout was perfect. So all we really needed was some paint, some stain, and a new light fixture over the island. The appliances are in pretty good shape so we’re holding off on replacing them for a while.
This is what the kitchen looked like when we moved in.
And this is what it looks like now.
The original plan was to paint all the cabinets white but I changed my mind at the last minute. I absolutely love white kitchens but we had white cabinets in our last house and I wanted to go for something a little different. Plus, my husband loved the idea of being able to see some of the grain of the wood. And I knew that if we didn’t like it we could just paint over it. But I didn’t want everything to be dark so I painted the island and built-in desk white and stained the cabinets java.
How I painted the Island:
- Wiped it down with lysol wipes.
- Applied one coat of deglosser.
- Removed doors and drawers.
- Painted three coats of milk paint sanding between coats. I used a Purdy brand paintbrush.
- Let each coat dry for at least 24 hours.
How I painted the built-in desk:
- Frantically applied three coats all in one day because I had guests coming and about a million other things to do and I ran out of time.
- Frantically sanded between coats.
- Let each coat dry for about an hour. Seriously.
Yeah that was a fun day. That was the day Brady got into the paint while I wasn’t looking and tracked it all over the floor and Bill knocked the Christmas tree over while painting upstairs. Good times.
How I stained the cabinets:
- Wiped them all down with lysol wipes.
- Removed doors and drawers.
- Sanded the polyurethane off with the power sander. It isn’t necessary to remove all the stain, just knock most of the shine off.
- Applied the first coat, going back after about ten minuets to wipe off the excess. It seemed like if you wiped it off too soon, that it removed too much of it.
- Applied second coat, wiped off very little excess, resulting in a darker finish.
- I used foam brushes to apply the stain and a soft cloth to wipe off the excess.
These products are so easy to work with. The paint dries very quickly, which means you have to work kinda fast, but that worked out well for me. I didn’t have any time to waste.The stain scared me a little at first. After I applied and wiped down the first coat it looked really red and you could still see a lot of the grain. But the second coat gave it a dark, rich finish. I was kind of amazed at the fact that the wood absorbed the stain so well, even without completely removing the old finish. These products are worth every penny. And a little bit goes a long way.
At some point we’ll replace the knobs but to make them work for now I spray painted them gold. And we’re still trying to decide what we want to do with the counter tops…I have a few ideas.
All in all this wasn’t a difficult project just time consuming. There were a couple of times that I was just completely over it. I can’t lie, this wasn’t a fun project but it was SO worth it. I love the end result no matter how much I grumped around while doing it. I started all “la la la” and toward the end I was all “make it stop”!! But like I said before, so worth it.