DIY Kitchen Makeover Reveal | Before & After
See my huge DIY kitchen makeover! I share before and afters, highlights from the renovation process, and a final reveal tour.
Full reveal begins at 12:53
Full tour of this finished kitchen:
I moved! Here’s my new kitchen:
Below is most links and information about the project. Feel free to comment with any other questions! Thank you so much for watching!
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This project took TIME and PATIENCE. It took me about a total of 4 months to complete it. I did lots of prior research and paint testing about the products and process I should use to paint my cabinets. You will find tons of posts on Pinterest with titles such as “PAINT YOUR CABINETS WITHOUT SANDING” or “NO PRIMING NEEDED.” But the reality is, if you want a good finish, proper adherence, and longevity, priming and at least some sanding are absolutely crucial. I tested out both chalk and milk paints on my cabinets, and the coverage was not that great since the surfaces were so dark. Using either one of the products would have cost me significantly more in price and not save me much on time.
Everyone has different experiences and opinions, but this is what I have determined and the process that worked for me!
CABINET PREP WORK
Lightly sanded on inside of cabinets with sanding sponges
Cleaned all surfaces with a microfiber cloth and Krud Kutter – this stuff works wonders.
Put down 3 coats of Gripper Primer by Glidden using a small foam roller and foam brushes for corners.
Sanded before top coat with an orbital disk sander, 220 grit – I purchased my sander specifically for this project and I have used it SO MUCH since. I can’t believe I lived without it.
CABINET TOP COAT
Put down 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance in satin finish, untinted. This is the some of the best paint I’ve ever worked with and can’t recommend it enough for painting cabinets.
Since I was unable to find replacement handles that fit properly, I filled previous holes with wood filler and used pulls instead.
Amazon is BY FAR the best bang for your buck as far as cabinet hardware goes.
My original hinges were in terrible shape, but they were a very old style that is discontinued, so I ordered replacement ones from a specialty retailer. They only came in an antiqued brass color, so I spray painted them. The paint adhered well and gave an ok finish, but I have had some scraping and chipping from the friction. I wouldn’t suggest spray painting hinges if you can avoid it.
WALLS & TRIM
All walls were patched from bad cracks and damage, then painted with Behr’s Marquee Eggshell in Wheat Bread.
All new and old trim work was caulked, primed with Glidden Gripper if new, and given 2-3 coats of Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra Semi Gloss Enamel, untinted.
Previous flooring was a glued on vinyl tile. We chose to tear out before installing new flooring because it was in bad and uneven condition.
New flooring is a plank vinyl.
Everything I read about plank vinyl floors is that it can be installed right over a subfloor. In my case, I should have laid down an underlayment (I said subfloor in the video, which is incorrect). I think it would have created a better final result.
I have mixed feelings about this product. It did not cut easily with a carpet knife, as indicated in the instructions, and it has already scuffed and marked.
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