Mom & Dad’s Kitchen Facelift

By February 24, 2010 8 Comments

It was about 2 years ago that we remodeled my parents’ kitchen.  We did it all in 1 week!  So here’s what it looked like before:

We’re talking original 1977 kitchen, complete with mustard yellow fixtures (other appliances used to match the sink, but had already been replaced.)

Now this is what it looked like when we were done:
In one week’s time, with a ton of help from others (mom, dad, boyfriend, sister, brother-in-law, cousins, and a very talented uncle), we did all of this:
  • Removed the peninsula wall cabinets and installed them on a separate wall, one on top and one on bottom
  • Painted the cabinets (ask me how if you’re interested)
  • Painted the walls
  • Installed new cabinet knobs
  • Replaced the countertops
  • Installed laminate flooring
  • Installed new undercabinet lights
  • Installed new sink, faucet, and disposal
  • Installed a tile backsplash

Crazy, right?  AND…. it all cost less than $ 3,000!  Don’t get me wrong, I love designing new custom kitchens just like anyone else.  But this is a great example of what a little time, money, and creativity (plus LOTS of teamwork) can accomplish.  

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  • kevin says:

    All of that for $3k? Wow…unreal. Nice work.

  • Laura says:

    We have talked about doing a very similar re-do on our kitchen for years! These photos make me want to even more (even though now we are talking about moving). I want details on how you painted the cabinets, please!

  • Kevin says:

    Yes…do tell on the cabinet painting!

  • Amber says:

    Wow. It looks incredible!!

  • Tiffany says:

    Wow, that is amazing!
    Can you do mine for $3000.00?
    It needs a makeover so bad! 🙂
    Fantastic job Nicole !

  • Nicole says:

    First, a disclaimer: Painted cabinets like this will never be as good as a factory-applied finish. It's a totally different process and outcome. That being said, the secret ingredient here was the Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer. We removed all the doors & drawers from the cabinet boxes, then cleaned and sanded everything (did not sand finish completely off – just sanded until smooth). The primer works as a great sealer for the stubborn stains AND it adheres to almost any surface, which is why we didn't need to completely remove the existing finish. After the primer we applied our paint, and went through the tedious cycle of paint / dry / sand / repaint as needed. Spraying the paint probably would have been nicer, but we used the foam rollers and regular brushes, which worked great too. I forget exactly what paint type we used, though it was Benjamin Moore, and the people at the BM store were great at recommending paint type and sheen for cabinetry.

  • Nicole says:

    Tiffany, you'd be surprised what you might be able to do! In this instance all the labor was free (except we paid the countertop guy)so if you have some willing hands and good planning, you might be able to make it work!

  • Sandi says:

    What a difference!!!! I still look at the before pictures and can't believe that was my kitchen!!! When we built the kitchen 30 years ago it was so cool!!! Two of the biggest improvements… taking down the cupboards above the counter and installing them on the side wall and the white cupboards. I love it!!! Thanks again, Nicole for all the great ideas and help.