making over the kitchen, part 1

here's an interior shot of the new place taken after the old renters had moved out.  you can see a few things: the dark brown parquet floors, the sizable deck off the dining area, the kitchen in the back, the seemingly random but structurally necessary post, and a particularly unique feature: exposed joist ceilings.  the ceiling of the main floor is the floor of the upstairs, comprised of tongue-and-groove pine boards laid diagonally.

chair party.
because the ceiling is wood and the floor is wood, the wood and almond laminate kitchen cabinetry and countertops blended right into the 1980s.

the kitchen in all its untouched and unlevel glory (see how the cabinet to the far right visibly sags?)

i can't leave anything alone if it's calling out for design help and i like projects (even if/especially if they're labor-intensive) so it was a joy to come up with a plan to bring this kitchen stylistically up to date.

step 1: paint the cabinetry white.

it took a couple hours just to remove all the doors and their hinges.

to undertake the painting process, i borrowed a random orbit sander from an retired gentleman who frequents my workplace and we spent a day sanding down all of the cabinet face frames (the wooden parts behind the doors) and the doors themselves, fronts and backs.  

the backs of the almond laminate cabinets were painted brown.

in addition to painting the cabinets, i decide to lighten up the space by removing the upper cabinet to the right of the stove, to be replaced with open shelving.

ahhhhh, no longer cabinet world in there.

after sanding, we used a powerful adhesion primer to further ensure that the new paint would stick to both the laminate faces and the wooden frames.

one coat of adhesion primer on all surfaces to be painted.

the drywall behind the cabinet i removed had never been painted, so i added a coat of the primer over that section, too.

this process apparently required a lot of paper towels.

after the primer had dried, we spent several nights applying the white paint, allowing plenty of drying time between coats.  we used a satin finish latex enamel (sherwin williams proclassic) in SW7005 "Pure White."  we applied it to all the doors and face frames, as well as the interiors of the upper cabinets that would be visible from the living room when the doors were open.  while we had done the primer coat outdoors, we did the finish coats inside the house so that debris from the surrounding trees wouldn't get stuck in the paint.

a coat or two on the doors and frames.

three coats later, the doors went back in place, with new black hinges.

improved but still a long way to go.

our next steps for the kitchen:
- install cute knobs on the doors and drawers 
- tear out the vinyl tile and sheet vinyl  (we've already started this process and it sucks)
- lay new porcelain tile (yikes!  i've never done it before, but i'm going to attempt it)
- hang open shelves in the space to the right of the stove
- replace the almond countertops with pre-made black ones from ikea
- paint the entire main floor, including the kitchen, benjamin moore's AF-420 "Agave"
- possibly install white subway tile for a backsplash

we've got a month to accomplish all this (and a few other necessary projects) before we move in!  i'd be over there today if the high weren't 104.

1 comment:

  1. Cool! The space is awesome and your updates are going to make it way awesome-r. Especially excited for your open shelving section. Did you use Agave in your OP place? -KK



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