Monday, April 21, 2014

Kitchen Updates

Hello!  I thought I would pop in and share a couple of big changes in our kitchen.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen them.   Even though I was happy with our all white kitchen, I was ready for a change and so one evening while cleaning out a cabinet, I came across my can of Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen and wondered how it would look on my lower kitchen cabinets.  So I tried it and absolutely loved it.

Problem was, after painting the lower cabinets, I now hated the countertop.  However, I've always hated our countertops.  When our home was renovated, leftover ceramic floor tiles were used as countertop.  Yuck.  But new countertops have never been in our budget so the only thing I could think of to do was to paint them.   So, that's what I did and I just love them now.  :)


To paint the countertops, first I cleaned them really well to make sure there was no grease or anything that could prevent the paint from adhering.  Then I primed them with Kilz oil based primer.  I let that dry for 24 hours.  Then painted one thin coat of Rustolueum Oil based enamel in Glossy White and let dry for a full 24 hours.  To roll the paint on, I used a foam roller meant for very smooth surfaces.  I did a total of 3 coats making sure to let it dry a full 24 hours between coats.  Also, using oil based paint was important as I was afraid latex would just bubble and peel off if got wet often around the sink.  It was definitely stinky but luckily our kitchen has lots of windows for ventilation. 

I can't believe I didn't do this sooner.  It is super easy to clean and very durable.


And I love the shininess as well as how they look with the french linen paint.


And of course I had to make some cute little cafe curtains from some Ikea tea towels that I just bought.  They completely take me back to my grandma's kitchen.  She had something similar and they were always blowing in the breeze, which I just loved.


The whole project took about a week when you consider the drying time between coats but it was totally worth it.  I just love it and the total cost was around $20 for primer, one can of oil based paint and a roller.  Gotta love that even more!


Have a great week!

46 comments:

  1. It's beautiful!! I think about paining my kitchen cupboards every day! I want to do white, but I'm a color person, and don't know if I could live with all white cupboards, so now I'm thinking of doing the lowers black. Can you tell us how you did yours - what brush/roller you used, primer, etc? They look great. I hope the counters wear well. They also look wonderful.

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    1. Hi Jo, I didn't prime the cabinets. I used a foam roller meant for very smooth surfaces so there wouldn't be any brush marks or bubbles in the finish. The paint went on very smooth. :)

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    2. I've read that getting a smooth/not distressed finish with ASCP on cabinets is hard. Yours look great without any (intentional or unintentional) distressing. Did you sand between coats? Also what did you seal with? Wax? Poly? I would love to hear how they hold up!

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  2. Love the shades, love the countertop, love the open shelves, love the vintage table! This is beautiful. Great job. Pinned!!

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  3. Beautiful! I just finished painting my top cabinets white & am starting my bottoms ones soon. I'm painting them a darker gray than you used & it's taking me much longer than it did you - I wish I was that fast!

    Love your blog.

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  4. i'm so glad you posted this diana...i love your kitchen cabinets and countertops. i need to repaint my cabinets but just hate to start the process. you did a great job (just like with all your projects)!

    have a wonderful week

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  5. You have done such a great job!!!! I love your place and every thing you have done so far.

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  6. I follow you on instagram and was hoping for a blog post about it! Love your kitchen!!

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  7. looks amazing!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  8. Your kitchen always looks beautiful but I really like the new paint. Looks awesome and changed so affordably too.

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  9. looks lovely and those curtains!!! love them too!

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  10. It's interesting how the green-grays like the French Linen really look pretty with the more pinky neutrals like your floor tiles. I don't know why that is but I like it a lot, especially in an overall neutral scheme like yours. I am going for the same neutral look in my house and have been playing with that as I have some older pinky fixed elements like carpet and tile.

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  11. Looks Wonderful! I love the French Linen on the lower cabinets. How did you finish it? I am about to paint my 90's oak cabinets. Thanks

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  12. That's a good looking kitchen. Did you use ASCP wax over the French Linen? Just wondering because I've used the wax on furniture and am not sure if I like the 'soft' finish. I've heard of people using Annie Sloan paint for cabinets but wonder how it wears. I have varnished doors (yuck) and periodically have to scrub to get the prints/grime off. I'd be afraid the Annie Sloan paint would scrub right off. Love the color. French Linen is one of my favorites.

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  13. I am in love with your kitchen! I had no idea you could paint counter tops! I want to try that as my teenagers just burned a huge hole in mine. We are prepping our home to become a rental property, so everything you posted is budget-friendly, modern and exactly what we want. Thank you!

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  14. Wow! Great choice of colors and how innovative to paint the counter top tile! Your kitchen is even prettier than it was before.

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  15. Your kitchen is stunning. Love the painted tiles on the counter tops. Gorgeous.
    Kris

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  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE the cabinets. They look amazing! I've been toying around with the idea of painting mine a light gray. I love my white cabinets though. Love the white on top and grey on bottom idea. So pretty! Looks great!

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  17. It's beautiful! I love the curtains and I'm obsessed with the wood shelves. They really stand out now. So, so homey and pretty.

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  18. It looks amazing! I'd love it if you could share how you painted your cabinets too.

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  19. Stunning & Budget Friendly .... WoW !!!!
    A Kitchen anyone would be Happy in,
    Great Job !!! ~~ Connie

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  20. Of course, the kitchen looks amazing...but I'm curious about your photography! How do you shoot into the fully lit windows without them being over-exposed, and still be able to see the beautiful kitchen? Was it a particular setting, or lens filter?...

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  22. gawgeous!
    i have always adored a kitchen with open shelves and white dishes..it's so chic and restauranty.
    well done, so happy to have come across your blog today.




    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  23. can you share the source for the wood shelves? I need some like that for our master bath!

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  24. Beautiful! Did you use a protective covering of any kind on the cabinets after using the chalk paint?

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  25. Your new cabinet and counter colors are beyond gorgeous! Brilliant!

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  26. LOVE those wood shelves. Nice work Diana! Just found your blog from Pinterest - it' great!

    -Cathy
    The Grit and Polish

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  27. Your kitchen is seriously gorgeous. You are so talented to do those painting makeovers yourself! Wanna come over and help me re-do my kitchen?! ;-)

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  28. In our house we call it "if you give a mouse a cookie, then you have to give him a….whenever", I or our adult kids begin renovating, painting, or whatever around our homes. When we redid our kitchen it was a long book. The If you give…book series by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond is one of our favorites. Found your blog through several hops through blog rolls. Enjoyed looking around.

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  29. Oh my gosh! I can't stand it! Everything you touch is AMAZING!!! This is so BEAUTIFUL and CHEAP! LOVE that. You have serious talent Diana!!! LOVED your kitchen before and love it even more now! xo

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  30. Ugh...you give me project fever...wanna come help me paint my cabinets?! Probably my counters too...again. Looks beautiful my friend! Saw this post on printer estate from a friend in KC. It makes me so excited for you when that happens.

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  31. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Farmhouse perfection.

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  32. Your kitchen is amazingly heavenly! Please tell me how you did your pot rack and the wooden shelves

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  33. so beautiful! if you have a more detailed tutorial on how you painted the cabinets and achieved such a smooth finish, i would love that! also, where did you get your bamboo roman shades?

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  34. I love all your rustic touches-it's perfect as well as your Blog! I love how real & simple your post are!

    Paige.Rose
    www.TheQuaintSanctuary.blogspot.com

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  35. Beautiful home interior designing! I like the furnishing very much! you made a fabulous interior furnishing too!

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  36. I am considering painting my countertops in our half bath (horrific green tile!!) and I wanted to know how your counters have held up? I have seen some people who have used Homax tile refinishing kit and didn't know how that may compare to your approach. Thanks in advance for any help!

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  37. Oooo I have some very ugly tile countertops that need this. You painted right on over the grout as well, I assume. How is it holding up these days?

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    1. Hi MaeMae, I'm happy to say they are holding up GREAT! And we are pretty rough on them too. Yes, I painted right over the grout. :)

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  38. I used the oil-based Rustoleum on the trim in my house - 11 years and going strong! Love the stuff, and love your kitchen!
    -Revi

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  39. How are the cabinets holding up? Has any of the paint come off when you've had to wipe or clean them? Any crackling? I've heard chalk paint naturally crackles. Also, where did you get your bamboo shades?

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  40. Bravo, well done, I have a interior design blog at http://serenityindesign.blogspot.com. Would love to post an article about this for you. I receive over 55,000 views per month, I will follow your site and you may want to follow mine as well.

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