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This has been my kitchen for the past eight years. It’s not my favorite place. Mainly because I don’t like to cook food, buy food, or make food, or clean up food. I really just like to eat food!
But lately I’ve had these nesting feelings. No I’m not pregnant, I just have this feeling like I want to be home and I love home and I love my family and therefore I want to cook for my family. I have this picture in my mind where we have family and friends over for a nice dinner made by me, not my husband! Me whipping up appetizers for the big game on a fall Saturday, summer dinners outside by candlelight, a nice dinner for my hubby when he gets home from work tired and worn out. These feelings started a while back but really took over a few weeks ago when I decided to make a nice meal for my husband who was coming home after being out of town for work. The look on his face when he realized something smelled good and that something was food made my heart so happy! I could tell he really felt loved by such a small gesture on my part.
So why am I telling you all this!?!?! Well if I’m going to learn to cook at the almost age of 39 (my birthday is Feb.17th in case you wanted to write that down), I want to love the place where I create. Cooking is a type of creating right!?!? I would much rather cook/create in a place that was more me and a reflection of what I love. I want my kitchen to be a place I want to spend time in. One thing I have always loveddddddddddddd are white cabinets.
Not wanting to spend a ton of money to get my dream kitchen, I was all ears when I heard about Rust-oleum’s Cabinet Transformation kits. I finally talked myself and my husband into letting me tackle painting my kitchen cabinets WHITE. We bought the whole kit at Lowe’s for $149.00
We got started last Thursday taking down the cabinet doors. It turns out it was VERYYYYYY important to number your cabinets! I almost skipped this step because I was so eager to get the white paint on the cabinets. Turns out there are lots of steps beforeeeeeeeeee you start painting. Lots of steps I really wanted to skip but so glad I didn’t.
Taking down the cabinet doors is one step I totalllllly did not want to do. I wanted to just paint the cabinets without taking the doors down. My husband said he would only agree to this project if I did it the right way and that meant taking the doors off. Dang ittttttttttt. Now that I’m done I am so so very happy we did.
This was the exact moment when I decided I no longer wanted to paint my kitchen cabinets. I had bitten off more than I could chew. If my husband would have agreed to help me hang them back up I would have.
I had 25 cabinet doors. First you had to degloss (in other word clean the hell out of them) both sides and allow for drying time in between. Then I painted two coats of white on the back of the doors allowing 2-3 hours between coats of paint. Then it was time to paint the front of the doors which took THREEEEEEEEEEE coats of paint, 2-3 hours drying time between those coats of paint. In other words this was a very difficult project for someone like me who wanted the whole thing done in one afternoon.
My awesome husband jumped right on in to help even though I told him I would do it all by myself! I think it would have taken me three weeks to complete this on my own. If you have two people working on this project it goes so so so much faster. Although the instructions said that two coats of paint should be enough we definitely had to go with three coats. I cried when we started the third coat. The Nester even came over to paint a bit and lifted our spirits with her encouragement and her excitement. So if you do decide to paint your cabinets make sure you have a cheerleader scheduled to come over towards the end of the third day. Instagram was also a great source of encouragement! When I would whine a bit with my photos people encouraged me and commented how much I would love them once I was done. Boy they were so right.
This was my favorite money saver! I thought I was going to have to go out and buy all new hinges to match our new silver pulls. My husband suggested simply spray painting all the gold hinges the same color as the pulls. Brilliant!!! The man is brilliant!
And now I introduce to you my NEW KITCHEN!!!!!!!!
Ahhhhhhh I love it so much I slept by the refrigerator the first night.
My second favorite money saver were the pulls. We went to Lowe’s and Home Depot and picked out what we wanted. However what we wanted was $4.90 per piece and we needed 25 cabinet door pulls and 18 drawer pulls. We went home and found almost identical pulls online at overstock.com. The drawer pulls were 2.91 and the cabinet door pulls were 2.45 a piece plus free shipping! Huge savings!
Now I am ready to paint all the walls a beautiful grey color to go with the beautiful white cabinets!! Do you think I could be putting off learning to cook?
The winner of the giveaway from Wednesday is……..Jackie at Empty Nest Full Life!!! Congrats!!!
Happy Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xoxoxo Angela