Thursday, July 15

Where I have been...

So after returning from the cabin, I had a birthday to celebrate, as well as to get some work completed in my kitchen. I thought it would be fun to post the before and afters...A ton of work, but it's finished, and now I hope to finally have more time for some cute dos!

BEFORE (I forgot the really before photo- this was in progress, but you get the idea.) 

(Notice that old boring bulletin board on the side of the oven cupboard there-)


(Maia was mad because I asked her to get her naked bum out of the picture...she got offended.)

My new bulletin board...I love her...Quick and easy project! Two cans of spray paint and some antiquing glaze. Pretty fun!


  1. Oooh! Antiquing glaze? Where can I get that? Looove the new kitchen, BTW. It turned out so great!

  2. Ok, I have to ask...did you sand and stain/poly all of it yourself? I hate the finish of my cabinets (golden oak circa 1990) and would like them darker (cherry finish). How long did it take?

  3. Wow! that's a lot of work! and it was worth it! Beautiful!!

  4. Dreamweaver, you can get it all over- they actually have tintable kind (so you can get all sorts of shades) but I got mine at Lowes (I think- it's Valspar- I think that's Lowes) in the section with all of the decorative painting technique stuff. I'm going to post about it soon, so I'll take a picture of the bottle for you. But it is wonderful stuff. You just brush it on (looks like a thin black paint) wait a few minutes and rub it off with a wet cloth. It stays in all the little nooks and crannys and really brings out the detail. I've used it on other furniture projects and it always looks great.

    Shanna, I did do it was a ton of work to sand down everything. Most of the inset moulding I had to do by hand, but you can see in one of the photos that I had a rotary sander and a little mouse sander (one that is kind of a teardrop shape to get into the corners.) It took 3 FULL days (I had my nieces here to help watch the kids) and a few other hours on top of that before I had the dedicated time. It was well worth it to me though- saved a ton of money (total was probably about $150 if I count the 6 quarts of stain and all of the sandpaper) Oh, also, to cut down on the work (I still had to do 3 coats to get the color I wanted) I used a stain/poly in one. Email me if you'd like the exact brand.

    Dreamer, Thanks so much! You're a great reader and I always love your comments. They make me happy. :)

  5. Wow! What a change! Looks amazing! (and like a lot of work!)

  6. It looks FABULOUS! I just painted my kitchen cabinets, so I know how much work it is to take everything apart and sand. UGH. The end is so worth the work though. It looks like you got a whole new kitchen. Great job!

  7. You said you saved yourself about $150 dollars by doing it yourself but in reality you saved yourself thousands of dollars that it would have cost to get new cabinets and have them installed! Way to go! The new kitchen looks fabulous! Definitely tell us what product you used to get that look!

  8. You never cease to amaze me!! how do you have time to do all this???

  9. It looks fabulous! Just saw you on the Better After blog. I did this same thing to our kitchen cabinets a couple years ago & love the way they turned out. You can see my before & afters here:


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