Kitchen Renovation... Phase I


Ok then. Long overdue and time to get rid of these eye sores. Plastic laminate particle wood cabinets installed in 1979 when this place was new... YUCK
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Focusing on above the stove and the corner to the right...
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Very attractive. Right? Started by labeling the doors and painting the inside of the raw particle wood cabinets with Kilz.
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Pretty much the same as it was when it was built in 1979. Previous owners did nothing to improve the place... So with a very limited budget, lots of motivation and just enough talent to be dangerous the renovation process begins.
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Here you can get clear shot of the inside...
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Laborious process and then noticed the cabinets were really not in good shape. Enough was enough. They could not be salvaged.
So I starting ripping out the old cabinets...
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Could not believe there were no studs behind the wall to support the "newer" cabinets... Had to install a few supports and braces.
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Decided to refinish the cabinets going in by spray painting and glazing.
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Populated a blank wall with this arrangement as a work station.
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Same work station from a different angle.
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Finally ann the uppers completed. More to follow over the weekend.

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  • Tim D. (The Retro Den)
    on Jul 25, 2015

    I chose Rustoleum 2X available at Walmart and Home Depot. Great stuff and yes and thorough cleaning to remove kitchen grease on the cabinets and and oils from one's hand was required and then sanding. Spray painting required removing the doors and lots of tarps in the kitchen but they look like factory painted cabinets. Doors were painted outside in good ventilation. Its not for the faint of heart.

    • Tim D. (The Retro Den)
      on Jul 28, 2015

      @Alecia I need to update this post. Kitchen is 90% completed with some fine tuning required. All in all the kitchen update with some new and used appliances and a new patio door... well under $10K. Very please with the outcome.

  • Tim D. (The Retro Den)
    on Aug 17, 2015

    Alecia, Sorry for the late reply... Missed your reply. First I wipe the cabinets clean with a distillate to remove 30 years of grime. I chose Acetone and wore gloves using lint free rags, sanded ever so lightly and sanded one more time and wipe on more time. Removed and laid the doors out flat on horses out side and spray in light even consistent coats. The paint dries in 30 minutes. I then flipped and did the other side. If you go slow and overlap the coats when you spray it should come out looking as good as factory coats doors. Too many thick coat with wrinkle up. Two thin coats should be more that enough. A slow hand and keeping at least 8 to 10" away should work. Practice make perfect... Good Luck...

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