I am sooooo excited to show you my black and white kitchen makeover reveal! It has been a long time coming but it’s finally here! And just a warning this is a picture heavy post because there’s so much to show you! Before I show you the reveal, let me remind you where we started.
This is what the kitchen looked like before we put in the open shelves. And you’re eyes aren’t going bad, the picture is just blurry because I’m apparently the worst at remembering to taking “before” pictures so this is the best I could find. 🙂
Here’s what it looked like after the open shelves. It was still really ugly with the huge whole above the fridge, the 2 different paint colors on the wall and worst of all the ugly oak cabinets!
Last time I posted about the kitchen I had just filled in the oak grain and this is what it looked like.
And here’s what it looks like today… eeeek, I’m so excited to show you!
It still has a long way to go but it’s WAY better than when we started. I can’t help but scroll back up and then down again to see the transformation, try it, it’s fun. 🙂
Okay obviously it didn’t get like that over night so let me show you the process. Step one was filling in the oak grain, which I showed you how to do in this post. Next came primer.
I used this Valspar primer from Lowes because the guy at the paint counter said it was good for use on cabinets. I used a foam roller to paint it on and I did 2 coats just to make sure I had a good base. I also sanded them down with 200 grit sand paper in between each coat to make the cabinets nice and smooth.
After painting all the bases it was time to paint the doors. Instead of reusing the old doors I decided to change out the cabinet doors with a similar, but slightly more modern style. Ordering new doors also saved me a lot of work because I didn’t have to fill in the grain on them. I set up our garage as a workshop with long strips of scrap wood and finishing nails to hold the cabinets off the ground.
Using the HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer, I sprayed 2 coats of primer on the doors as well, sanding in between each coat.
Using the sprayer made the job so much easier! No joke, on every door I sprayed I was thinking to myself, “Why have I never owned a sprayer before this!? This is so easy!” The job was tedious, no doubt about that, but it wasn’t a hard job.
After 2 coats of primer on the doors I sprayed on 3 coats of paint. I used Old Village Paint in Pure White for the sink and bar cabinets and Black Satin for the island. It’s a very high quality paint so I knew it would be the best choice for our cabinets to prevent peeling, chipping and scratches. In between each coat I sanded down the doors with 200 grit sand paper because I wanted to make sure I ended up with a very smooth surface.
The other thing I wanted to do was to customize the island. The backside of the island, the side you see from the living room, was flat and boring so I ordered 3 panels to add to the back, to make it look more like a piece of furniture than a boring island.
When it was time to add the drawer fronts back on we realized that most of the actual drawers were pretty trashed. I’m not sure what the previous owners were doing to these drawers but it looks like maybe kids were hanging on them because they were ripped up!
My husband made a trip to Lowes and bought some MDF to replace the front of piece of the drawers. It was an easy fix and made our drawers much more sturdy.
Then came the installation and the pulls!
I can’t even tell you how much I love these Williams-Sonoma cup pulls from D. Lawless Hardware, let’s just say it’s A LOT (and they are a steal at 79% off on their site)!!
Okay so the cabinets were coming along great but you may remember that we still had that gaping hole above our refrigerator.
To hide the hideousness and make our refrigerator look more “built-in” I hired our contractor to build a wine rack above the fridge. It’s not for storing our good wines (because those have to be chilled) but I though it would look nice and give our kitchen a more custom look.
I love the way it turned out and I think it fills the space nicely. I used the Finish Max sprayer and the Old Village Paint Pure White paint to finish it as well.
Once all the cabinets were finished and the wine rack was installed I painted all the walls in the kitchen white to make it one color, instead of 2. It’s a temporary fix because when we replace the counter tops (I’m currently saving for them) I’m going to tile the wall behind the open shelves, from the refrigerator over to the door on the left.
I can’t wait until we have enough to replace the countertops and add the tile, but until then I think the kitchen is still a huge improvement from where we started! Are you ready… here come lots of pictures…
Here’s a nice little before and after for you, so you don’t have to scroll all the way back to the top to remember how ugly it used to be.
And here’s a little snapshot of what still needs to be done.
Okay, this seriously might be my longest post ever but there’s just one more thing! In celebration of me finishing my kitchen cabinets, I’m giving away a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer to one of you to make your painting jobs so much easier too!!! Yay!!! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win!
- Paint sprayer – HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP
- White paint – Old Village Paint, Pure White
- Black paint – Old Village Paint, Black Satin
- Drawer pulls – D. Lawless Hardware, Williams-Sonoma Cup Pulls ($4.10 each)
- Door knobs – D. Lawless Hardware, Satin Chrome Knobs ($1.00 each)
- Light above sink – Home Depot
- Chevron rug – Hobby Lobby
-Wondering where my microwave and oven are? See this post for a full view.
Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by HomeRight but all opinions are my own, as always. I will always tell you if I think a product is just “okay” but if I tell you I love it then it means I really LOVE it! I have included a few affiliate links to the products I used in this post, if you buy through the link I get a small commission but you don’t pay a cent more than you normally would. Thank you for supporting Ask Anna!