Monday, March 7, 2011

Cabinet Paint, Knobs and Countertops

We did the math and the kitchen remodel came in under $6,000 including appliances. We saved a ton of money by doing  the work ourselves.
I really wanted white cabinets and because custom cabinets wouldn’t be in our budget we chose stock unfinished oak cabinets from Lowes and painted them ourselves. The truth is I painted them, I don’t know what it is about painting but it has to be perfect or it will drive me crazy, unless it’s a distressed painted piece then I can have fun and let my perfectionist side go out the window.
 I don’t think I have ever painted so much in my life, 3 coats of primer, lots of sanding and 3 finish coats of  paint. I used a fabulous paint from Decoart, Americana Satin Enamel, it was a dream to paint with and goes on so smooth. I wanted the kitchen to look unique and have some custom touches so we added special features like the range hood, window seat and the columns flanking the stove and sink. The columns are stair balusters cut in half, you can actually buy them that way, and the ball feet are wood curtain rod finials attached to the baluster.           
                 
I’ve always wanted carrara marble countertops, but it was not possible for our budget, so my next choice was dark butcher block. The price range on wood countertops range drastically and I wanted a good price so we purchased ours from IKEA , $169.00 for an 8ft length in oak , a great price ! I custom mixed my stain myself using 3 different colors. I didn’t want it too red, too golden or too black and made sure to test it out on a scrap piece of wood before I started. I applied several coats until I got the depth of color I was looking for. To protect the finish we applied several coats of tung oil. 

For the cabinet hardware, I really wanted something a little different, so I took vintage pulls off of a dresser I had and the small round knobs came from IKEA, they’re only a few dollars a package and at least six come in a package. All I did was sand them a little, prime and paint with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

My next project is my bathroom remodel, which I’ve been told won’t be happening anytime soon, because my sweetie needs a break from remodeling. I’m thinking a month break, but he’s probably thinking a year break Smile.

Thanks everyone for all the sweet comments I have received, I really appreciate it.

26 comments:

  1. OMG! Your kitchen is just fantastic! I am so impressed....and you should be so proud! It's just wonderful!!

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  2. OMGoodness! I don't know HOW I missed the post of your kitchen...as I try to NEVEr miss one of your posts...so when I saw this post with details I thought, Well, WHERE are the pictures? Then saw that Cassie said it looks fantastic so I KNEW there had to be pictures somewhere (even this blond could figure THAT out)so I scrolled back and OH MY! Your kitchen is to die for and don't you dare tell a soul how much it cost cuz people will think you paid 10 times that! It is wonderful! I LOVE IT! Great, great job! xxoo Diana

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  3. The kitchen is beautiful! Saw it the other day and just loved it!

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  4. Just went back and checked out your kitchen again, and swooned all over again!

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  5. SaWEET! I know what hard work that is, great job!

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  6. That is so impressive! Wow. I must have missed your post on the finished product. I will have to go back and see if I can find it. I was following along on the updates...so I really want to see how it came out.

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  7. Be still my heart! Your kitchen is MY DREAM kitchen. I love everything about it and I'll keep referencing back for inspiration.
    Barb

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  8. I have to say that your kitchen transformation is to die for. Really,really gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. So glad I came across your blog. I will be sure to come back and visit again. Hope you can come over and visit me too.
    Have a great day,
    Janet Bernasconi
    Janet's Creative Pillows
    www.janetscreativepillows.com
    www.janetscreativepillows.blogspot.com

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  9. If you're going to buy the whole lot, kitchen countertops and countertop, some kitchen cabinet retailers have software that will help you. If you want to do a solo test, some designers have software that they can easily do that for you.

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  10. Not bad at all. Good job on doing so much yourself! It all looks awesome. Love the stain on the wood counter top.

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  11. I love it, it's perfect *sigh*.

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  12. Hi, I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I am a new follower! :) love your blog!Erin

    www.purplebookbloggingmommy.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm totally smitten by your kitchen and had to link to it from my blog - hope you don't mind. Just in case you wonder why you suddently get some norwegian visitors ;). Greetings from Norway. Margitta

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  14. Hello! I am a new follower via White as Linen. Your kitchen is just charming and oh, so personal. I can't believe you did that for $6,000! We plan to gut our tiny 8 ft by 8 ft kitchen this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. I'm new to your blog so maybe you already talked about it, but can you tell us about the gorgeous floor that you used in the kitchen?

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  16. Beautiful! Having a very small kitchen in need of remodel I can appreciate your use of a tiny space! Love the way the oven and refrigator blend in so well. Job well done!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! It looks like a magazine! Your photos look professional as well. We're just putting the finishing touches on our new kitchen so I'm well-aware how much thought, planning and work went into your look. Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Seriously beautiful re-do. Do -over. Whatever you want to call it.. It's really fabulouse..
    Good job...

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  19. Your kitchen is full of decorating deliciousness! I am in love with it. You did such an amazing job!!! That is my DREAM to re-do a kitchen. We are currently renting our home, so it's not possible for me! But yours makes me happy!!

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  20. Trixie, I so love your kitchen.

    I have some questions about the counter top. Can you still prepare food on it after it's stained? I guess I don't know much about butcher block.

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  21. Well, with a kitchen that pretty, I'd just sit and admire while I ate my take-out food. What, you think I'd dirty up something a beautiful as THAT???

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  22. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love it so much. I'm dying to know what the flooring is? Did you write about that somewhere else? I was trying to scan through, but didn't see so far. Great job!

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  23. Dear Trixie,
    Just saw your home on The Old Painted Cottage Blog.
    LOVE YOUR HOME!!!! Beautiful!!
    The past 4 years my 2 older childern are at FSU. We were just there last weekend, I never realized how beautiful Tallahassee is. We moved from Clearwater 2 years ago to Tennessee. I miss Florida's SUNSHINE and my kiddos.
    Diane

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  24. What stains did you use on the countertops?

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