Kitchen Remodel Has Begun

Our kitchen remodel has finally started.  It seems like forever since I originally posted about this project.    Delays happened when I broke my vertebrae but we are going forward before I have surgery.  Surgery would put the project on hold for at least six months.  Steve will be helping me paint the cabinets and then he may need to go it alone for a while.


Below is the Before kitchen.  Today we cleaned the cabinets with TSP, removed knobs,  took down all the cabinet doors and drawers.  Everything has been sanded and ready for the primer tomorrow.
Here are our immediate plans…
Paint cabinets white with grey undertones.
Install trim above cabinets
Build range hood
Remove microwave from above stove
Build in new microwave
Install marble back splash

Change knobs and pulls

Future plans….
Replace appliances with stainless steel
New granite countertops
Change pantry doors.

Add bead board to walls

Our range hood will be similar to Miss Mustard Seeds.  You can find the tutorial HERE.  Isn’t her kitchen beautiful?


Marble backsplash tile.


I know many of you have painted your cabinets and I have been checking out lots of tutorials on Pinterest.  Some of you used a water based poly to seal the cabinets.  I am still trying to decide whether to do this or not.  Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated! And as far as what we did for food while we were remodeling? We ate out a lot and dreamed of the day when we could start ordering from meal delivery services like Blue Apron to cook in our newly remodeled kitchen!

13 thoughts on “Kitchen Remodel Has Begun”

  1. I'm so excited for you Sherry! I think we mentioned to you that we also want to add a range hood and marble backsplash in our kitchen but our plans will have to wait awhile still. Boo to priorities!

    I did paint the cabinets in our old house and they turned out nicely using a soft wax and electric buffer. Even so, I think I would use a water based polycrylic if I ever did it again. Two-three coats for durability. Polycrylic feels so much easier to me than waxing and buffing.

    Have fun with your big project and take good care of your back my friend.


  2. Hi Sherry. I don't envy you right now with getting ready to paint your kitchen cabinets. It's not a hard job just a little bit of a tedious one. If this is your first rodeo with painting cabinets I will give you a word of advice…Do a clear water-based top coat if you are going with white paint so you don't see dirt and fingerprints over time. It's an extra step but well worth it. Plus it will protect the painted finish from scratching, chipping and peeling better. Make sure it's water-based. An oil based top coat has a slightly yellow tint and will only get yellower with age. Not very pretty. A water-based will not do that! Can't wait to see your finished cabinets.

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