Monday, February 15, 2016

Kitchen Cabinets Are Furniture, Too!

How do you know when our grandson Presley has been in the house?  It all comes down to cabinets and shoes. I've tried to get him to stop.  I try and this is the reaction I get in return.  I will keep trying.  I find every single one of our kitchen cabinet knobs turned loose.  Same goes for the buffet, the hutch, the dresser in the bedroom and sink cabinet in the bathroom.  For some unknown reason, there is not a drawer/door pull that Presley hasn't tried to loosen.  He turns them to the left.  Lefty loosey, righty tighty.  He never tightens except when it comes to shoes.  Everytime I try and put my tennis shoes on they are super tight because he insists on walking by all of the toys and reaching for my shoes.  Then he grabs them by their laces and slings them over his shoulder.  This means I can't just slip them on and go, I have to take the time to loosen the laces or totally relace them.  

Do you suppose the owners of the two kitchen makeovers I'm going to show you today also share the same struggles as we do?  Maybe we can form a support group.  Eh, on second thought...I'd rather form a group called "We Had The Courage To Paint Our Kitchen Cabinets And We Don't Regret It For A Second!" 
(There's our club shirts.  You can send me your first years dues via Paypal.)
If you are on the fence about painting your cabinets, here's your chance to join our group!  Do not fear because Kathy of From Trash To Treasure is here!  She's the talented lady behind these two makeovers.  She's so talented that she's completely booked up into summer with kitchen redo's!  Let's take a look at the first one...

The homeowner loved her Maple cabinets but felt something could be done with the plain, boring island.  She surfed Pinterest for an idea and upon finding one, turned the job over to Kathy.  Kathy with the help of her handsome handy husband went to work by adding mouldings and balusters. Then Kathy painted it using Shabby Paints in Licorice.  She sealed it with black reVax and Shabby varnish.  When all was said and done, it went from boring to stunning!  It looks like the truly custom piece that it now is.  (I love black cabinets.  Love them!  Have them!)


This next kitchen was a bigger undertaking.  The homeowner was tired of her outdated Oak cabinets.  (Been there, except only the front of our cabinets were Oak, the rest was crap.  I think the technical name for what we had was actually ugly crap.  Thus the reason why we added beadboard to the sides of our cabinets.)
They had their island painted black years earlier but the finish on it was chipping off.  Since all of the other cabinets were getting a makeover, Kathy suggested the island be painted in a complimentary color.    

The main cabinetry was painted in Shabby Paint's Worn White and sealed in a custom ratio of Hazelnut reVax and Sheer Vax. The island was painted in Shabby's Cali Taupe ( a beige gray color), it was sealed in the same ratio of Hazelnut reVax/Sheer Vax. Kathy's client then chose new hardware. You'll see that the addition of a new colors & new hardware equals basically a brand new kitchen!  (At a sliver of the cost OF a brand new kitchen.) 

Isn't that awesome?  It really does look like a NEW kitchen. 
I love the difference it made.  Now even the gorgeous light fixture above the island pops, too!  

I'm a big believer in painting kitchen cabinets.  We painted ours six years ago and have not regretted it at all.  A few years later when we replaced the broken tile countertops and backsplash (I hated those with a passion) I chose a countertop and backsplash that would go with our current black cabinets but also lend itself to a lighter color if we should choose to paint again someday.  It's really an economical way to give yourself a new kitchen without forking out the cost of a new one.  

You can see more of Kathy's work (she does non built-in furniture, too) on her From Trash To Treasure Facebook page.  She's based in the Chicagoland area.  Head on over there and maybe your kitchen can look as fabulous as these two do!  Let her know you saw her kitchen flips on Furniture Flippin'.

Thanks so much for sharing your redo's Kathy!  I look forward to seeing more of your remodels in the future.

That's not a bad way to start the week, is it?  One down and four more flips on their way.  Have you submitted yours yet?
See you tomorrow!
~ Stephanie 


  1. I love these kitchens. I have been wanting to get new cabinetry for my kitchen during the past few months. I have just noticed that I am tired of it. I feel like I need a kitchen that I enjoy walking into. I am not someone who likes to spend much time in the kitchen so I need some incentives.

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

  2. These before and after photos really make these kitchens look brand new. It's amazing to me how a few small changes to cabinets can totally change the look of your kitchen. I wonder if I can figure out how to get my wife to let me redo our cabinets now.

    Fred Richardson @ SGK Home Solutions


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