Monday, June 3, 2013

Not Too Shabby Kitchen Cabinet Redo

 Not Too Shabby
 by Lynn Amason

Our family shares a little place on Lake Wedowee known as “The Cabin” with my husband’s parents and siblings. It started out very primitive in the late 1970s and had a kitchen and baths added in the late 1980s.

The cabinets in it were some that we salvaged about 24 years ago…so they were long overdue for an update.

The quickest and most budget friendly solution was to paint them.  I know you might say that’s a lot of work!  It did take a few days labor but the end results made a huge difference in the total look of the kitchen.

I decided to go with a light color to brighten the corner kitchen area.  I started with just an old fashion cleaning. Then the fun began….I really like to paint.  Maybe it’s a gift or a sickness, I haven’t decided yet!

Two coats later they were looking better.  After letting them dry overnight I distressed the edges lightly with some sandpaper, just enough to let the dark show through to give some dimension and depth.  That is really up to your own personal taste some people like a little and some like it look really worn and old.  But that’s the best part you can make it look however you want!

The final step is wiping them down good to get rid of any of the sanding residue.  A coat of water based  poly is my preferred choice  for this project since it will be a high traffic area.
Now the kitchen in  “The Cabin” is ready for a summer full of family get togethers, cook outs, ice cream making, watermelon cutting and no telling what else!
So if you have something that is looking tired and sad, just give it a little love with some paint!


This looks great! No longer tired looking, but bright and clean and ready for company!

I think it looks great, but I seriously suggest you paint the walls as well. Something lighter, because the wood look behind painted cabinets looks really backwards to me. The cabinets look great though!

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