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.
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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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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.
We did make sure to prep for the bottoms as we didn’t want to get paint all over the floor, even though it cleans up with water.
We definitely prepped for the counters because we didn’t want to mess up the freshly painted lowers! Be sure to use the blue tape on freshly painted surfaces!
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 had to repair a few places in the counters where they had been chipped and damaged. We used an all-purpose putty that was designed for use around wet areas.
We also cut some MDF into 4-inch strips to use along the back of the counter where the fruity tiles had been removed. This was prepped and painted with the counters.
The guys also fixed the walls as the painted paper had peeled quite badly when the tiles had been removed.
We lightly sanded all of the counters before starting this project.
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 the base coat– don’t PANIC, this gets better! – I had an idea in mind and planned to use a mixture of paints.
My original idea was to stay light but Mr. Awesome mentioned that he liked some darker colors so instead of ordering the HT Truffle paint that I had in mind I picked up some Rustoleum Kona Brown at Walmart… I should’ve had more patience!
The first coat always seemed to scare me but this time it really scared me because it didn’t turn out the color it should have… I had purple counters!
We went to SW to get something to cover up the purple… SW does not have any paint that they recommend for counters but we ended up getting an enamel paint in ‘Well-Bred Brown’.
Mr. Awesome used the paint sprayer to give the counters a nice coat and we were so happy that we almost didn’t change them. The color really works well with the blue and the copper hardware.
Paint again, if needed –
After the base coat had dried we used some sea sponges to dab on some of the Cashmere, Manor House, and a bit of the SW Brown that we had. You might want to practice this step on something other than your counters at first… if you mess up on the counters just paint over it with your base color and start over.
We continued the process until it was blended the way we liked it.
I then made a ‘whitewash’ by thinning a bit of the brown with some water and lightly brushing it over everything. I dabbed this with a scrunched up plastic bag to create a slightly different texture and soften up the other colors but it would have been fine without this extra step.
We were told to use Minwax Polyacrylic to seal the counters and it looks great. I don’t really know how ‘food-safe’ it would be considered but we generally don’t put food directly on the counter so I think it will be ok.
We ended up doing 2 coats, a light sanding, and a third coat.
We also used some clear silicone to caulk around the sink. After painting the walls we used white caulk to finish the counter edges and cabinets to give it a more finished look.
Optional: Paint your walls
Once the counters were dried and sealed we prepped everything again and painted the walls in SW ‘Alpaca’ in a Satin Finish which happened to be on the same color card as the ‘Well-Bred Brown’.
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!
Before taking the final pictures I put cleaned up and put all of the appliances back in their places.
- Green Scrubbies
- Sea Sponges
- Kilz2 Primer
- Heirloom Traditions Manor House
- Heirloom Traditions Cashmere
- Minwax Polyacrylic
- clear silicone
- white caulk
- blue painters tape
- masking tape
- brown paper
Although this project took way longer than anticipated because of so many different issues… my health being the biggest issue… I am so glad we did it because it makes me happy every time I walk into our new kitchen.
We still need to add a bit of trim around the window and between those cabinets on either side of the window. I need to check out the fabric department at Walmart for some curtain material. I also need to pull my floor cleaner out of the shed so I can clean up the floors a bit as we did get a little paint on them.
We also have an existing island that we plan to put in the kitchen where the table is at. I’ll be sure to update this post with some better pictures once everything is completed and decorated.
We have already been making plans for our future remodel and have been saving ideas for then. For now, though we are thrilled with our kitchen transformation. The only thing we might have done differently would have maybe to paint the uppers with the Manor House and use the brown antiquing gel in place of the black.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our transformation and we look forward to sharing more transformations in the future including the bathroom remodel that is in the process now.
You can read more about our house journey in these posts:
- A Series of Unexpected Events
- A Series of Unexpected Events Part 2
- A Series of Unexpected Events Part 3
- Life Update and A Quick House Tour
- Life Update: A Christmas Dance and a Quick House Update
- Planning ahead with Cozi, a birthday in the house, and a house update
- Life Update: We’re Still Here!