A ‘Like New’ Kitchen With Product Links Part 1

As you all know we have been so busy working on our new house. We never dreamed that we’d still be working on it and we are anxious to get completely moved in but it has truly been one thing after another.

Be warned… this post has a TON of pictures! It will also have quite a few affiliate links to the products that we used but please feel free to go directly to the product web sites for exclusive coupons and deals. This post did get a little bit long so I split it so make it easier for reading. Be sure to check out the second post HERE.

First, let’s take peek at what we started with:

We had your basic 90s kitchen package which is similar to many other mobile home kitchens. Plus we had 20+ years of dirt and grime caked on these babies!

The flooring, stove, and dishwasher are new so we wanted to make those work. We also have a new fridge for here but have found that it is a tad too big for the space so we will be keeping the old one here for now. We plan to fully renovate the kitchen in a few years so we didn’t want to sink a whole lot of money into this project. All in all, I think we stayed just shy of $400 with the biggest single expense going to the new hood range.

I did use coupons whenever possible so the majority of the paint was bought over a couple of months span. Some of the primers and such were leftovers from previous projects.

Many of the products can also be purchased at Walmart or the dollar store.

We also bought a paint sprayer that I did not include in the total cost as it was not bought solely for the kitchen. It has already come in very handy for a few projects around the house.

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Upper Cabinets

Please note that we ARE NOT cabinet professionals. The methods we used were ones that we found on other sites and ones that we felt would work best for our situation. Only time will tell how well they hold up and I will try my best to post updates as time goes on. I will also post a list of supplies at the end of the post.

The original plan was to just paint the cabinets and possibly the counters so that we could get moved in. If you’ve been following our blog then you know plans ALWAYS CHANGE and if you read our latest post you know that we had some other unexpected issues that meant it would take us a little bit longer to get moved in.

Gather your supplies: paint, brushes, cleaners, rags, etc

This may seem like a no brainer but trust me when I say it is well worth your time to take a few minutes beforehand to make sure you have everything you need nearby.

Take ‘before’ pictures

You’ll wish you had if you don’t!

Prep anything that you don’t want to be painted!

We didn’t prep for the top cabinets because we knew that we were going to paint the walls. I figured that since I was working from top to bottom I could clean up any messes before they got too bad.

Remove the doors and hinges – Don’t forget to number doors and cabinets!

This is another important step because you will forget what went where! Having the doors off makes it a lot easier to paint everything too.

Clean well – we used the deglosser that was sold with our paint but you could use another cleaner.

I used a mask and gloves because I’m pregnant but normally I probably wouldn’t have… just be sure to read the directions and precautions on your label.

Make any needed repairs/changes now–

We took down that thing between the upper cabinets and Mr. Awesome cute the molding to go around the corner cabinets. We also changed out the light because the old one was ugly and it didn’t work. We found ours at Lowes Hardware but Amazon has some really cute ones as well!

Sand, if needed – we did not sand the top cabinets but we did the bottoms and you can tell a difference!

All of our cabinets were in really bad condition and they actually looked worse after I cleaned them but I was afraid to sand the top ones… I got over that when I saw how bad the bottom ones were.

Primer – we used Kilz2

This helps to block colors/stains that might bleed through. It also seemed to help cut down on the coats of paint we needed.

Primer again, if needed

This is especially important if you are making a drastic color change!

Paint — don’t PANIC, this gets better! – we used Heirloom Traditions paint in Cashmere for the uppers (1 quart)


The first coat always seemed to scare me but the second coat made it all look better!

I also painted the old range hood as we didn’t plan to replace it at first… it looked like new after being painted!

Paint again, if needed – you may need a third coat

Just make sure to let them dry in between coats!

Distress, if desired – we used the Heirloom Traditions black antiquing gel

This step is completely optional!

This was scary for me but I read a few different articles and gave it a try… my confidence increased and it soon became an easy process.

I chose to distress because I know that these cabinets are going to get a lot of use with so many people running through the house so I felt that distressing them might help make the normal wear and tear a little less noticeable.

Clean hardware – I put them in an old slow cooker to soak on low and then scrubbed clean

Painting the hardware was a lot cheaper than replacing all of it! I let everything sit on an old towel to dry before painting. The cooker was in the bathroom so I took advantage of the mirror and got a ‘bump’ picture too… lol. My bump is lot bigger already!

Paint hardware – we used an antique copper because we couldn’t find an antique bronze


It did take 2-3 coats to get them even. I put them on a piece of cardboard out in the yard and let them dry in between coats.

Replace doors and hardware –  make sure to coordinate the labels!

It is easier if you have a helper when hanging the doors but you can do it alone if you are patient!

Step back and enjoy your hard work!

You deserve it… have a nice glass of Sweet Tea as well!

Don’t forget to take some ‘after’ pictures to show off!

After I took these photos Mr. Awesome came over to check out my progress. He decided that the fruity tiles just didn’t match and that they had to go sooner rather than later… lol.

We then went to pick out some tiles for the bathroom and the backsplash but we didn’t end up buying anything on that trip.


He did, however, end up getting a new range hood because he said I needed to be able to cook!

Broan-NuTone 423023 Range Hood Insert with Light, Exhaust Fan for Under Cabinet, Black, 6.0 Sones, 190 CFM, 30"

This post got a bit longer than I had planned so I’m gonna make a Part 2 for this and try to include the lowers, counters, and finishing up in that post!

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You can read more about our house journey in these posts:


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