Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

6 Materials
7 Days

I was tired of this dark and out dated kitchen and green counter tops. I decided to tackle redoing it myself. It was a job, don't get me wrong, but it was worth every minute. My friend, Sammie, was a life saver on laying the tile and cutting it. That was my first experience in doing so, therefore I learned a lot from her. When we bought this house in 2011 I knew that changing this kitchen would be a must, just didn't know when I would have the extra money or time to get it done.

This was when I started. I put painters tape on each cabinet door and each drawer facing. I removed all the hardwear and cleaned it very well. This is one side of the kitchen.
This is the other side. Dark and boring. Notice in this photo, there was a built in bread box, or some sort of something that took space up on the counter, which I removed.
I had to klitz everything because it was so dark.
If you notice in this photo, there is a black dishwasher, which I removed. I have never used it once since I moved in this house. My personal opinion is they are twice the work as just washing and putting them away yourself and not having to come back later and unload them with chances some are still not as clean as I prefer them.
This is when we, or should I say Sammie, started laying the tile. I bought the boxes (3) of tile from a small town wholesale place for $30.00. They were $10.00 a box. That was a still I must say!! I was painting the cabinet doors in the shop, which normally took place late in the evening. Once everything, as far as cabinets and drawer facings were painted, I coated them all twice with polycrylic satin.
This is the cabinet I put in where the dishwasher was. It was hanging above my bar and served no purpose. It was a perfect fit.
This area right here is where I had removed the cabinet that hung above my bar that I put in place of my dishwasher.
Here is the final results on the window side of the kitchen. Notice where the dishwasher was, it is my old cabinet that hung above my bar. Also, the old fashion light fixture was replaced with the hanging light which I bought at Home Depot on clearance for $12 dollars. Was a still.
This is the other side. I took the time to place bead boarding on the end of each cabinet and under the bar area which is not shown in the photos. I'm now pushing forward to getting the floors done. I'll upload photos of the floor whenI get them done, however I'm not sure when it will be, but hopefully soon.

Suggested materials:

  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bead board</a>  (Home Depot or Amazon)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tile (3 boxes)</a>  (Tile and More or Amazon)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paint</a>  (Home Depot or Amazon)
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  • Cdu27790178
    on Sep 18, 2017

    Did you seal the tile? I worry about germs and yuck getting into the grout?
    • JoAnn
      on Nov 19, 2017

      I don't like bleach. I use Norwex products! Better and safer!
  • Amanda Johnston Tusing
    on Sep 24, 2017

    Was the tile laid over the existing counter top?
    • Rochelle tullis
      on Dec 14, 2017

      This is somewhat off topic but one reason to keep a dishwasher is it makes a great draining rack and opens up counter space. I used to store old rags etc. in mine until that light bulb moment struck and I realized it made a great drainer and the dishes in it were always clean!
  • Carol
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Everything looks really nice Mary. I just had a question. Dis you paint the cabinets white or light Gray? They just look different than the walls! Again, you did a beautiful job.
    • Mary Dorsey
      on Oct 16, 2017

      Thanks Carol. The color is called Eastern Lighthouse. It's like a grey with a hint of green, like sage green in it. The walls are a creamy white called Oyster Shell. Thank you so much and hope this was helpful!!

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