It’s like a whole new kitchen!

It’s true! Our old kitchen is gone. The new kitchen has taken its place. All we have left is to get the floor installed. (Date, TBD)

In the meantime, I thought I’d post the photos of our progress. I LOVE the kitchen. LOVE it. I am so happy and amazed by the changes!

It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

And this is where I admit that “a little paint” wasn’t. It wasn’t just a little paint. It was a lot of paint…and blood…and sweat…and tears… I know you’re not supposed to say “never,” but the thought of painting cabinets ever, ever, ever again makes us sick to our stomachs. If we ever move, and the new house “needs a little paint,” I may burst into tears.

They make it look so easy on those HGTV shows. Time-lapse photography and an army of workers gets it done in a flash. That’s just not the case. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we just didn’t really grasp how horrible it would actually be.

We looked at the cost of ripping out the old, gross cabinets and just replacing them and thought it was too expensive. We’ve done so much on this house, what’s one more project? It was terrible. Refinishing them instead of painting them would have been just as bad. Mid-project, we looked at each other and said, “It’s just money.  Let’s rip them out!” …but by then it was too late. We’d invested way too much to give up. We powered through, and I’m so glad we did.

I’m so glad it’s done, and I LOVE IT.

Before:

(This was taken in 2008 when we replaced the stove.)

After:

The walls are still Montpelier Olive.  We used Baked Brie on the cabinets.  The countertops look new, but aren’t!  Bonus!

I would have posted photos sooner, but my husband was busy adding little extras to the cabinets for me.  I wanted to post pictures all at once, so there they are!  He does such good work:

Spice Rack!

Hand-made silverware drawer divider! (As with everything else in this house, the drawers are not standard, so none of the dividers on the market actually fit properly.)

Trash and recycling center!

Pull-out drawer for pans and a slidy-drawer for the lids!

This is now a pantry!

Even Fred was happy about the changes, but he wanted to wear a disguise for the photos. Silly Garden Gnome.

Along with the kitchen remodel came a total rearrangement of every item in the cabinets. For almost 10 years, we’ve tried to find the best place to house things. Our cabinets were just awkward.  We were forced to put things where they fit, rather than where they “should” go. We did the best we could, but I’ve never really liked it. After 10 years, I knew where things were, but it never made sense to anyone else.

With the remodel came restructuring, and now things fit in a manageable flow. Things make sense. I still walk across the kitchen to where the trash used to be, but I have yet to throw it in on our food. (The trash wouldn’t fit under the sink, like in a normal house. So, we had it in the tall cabinet. We added shelves, and that is now a pantry, and we added the trash/recycling unit to the cabinet next to the sink. See photos above.)

When we were painting the cupboard doors, they were all off, exposing the items inside. I actually grew fond of this look. Our things looked pretty, and it did wonders in learning where things were. Now that the doors are back on, I’ve remembered where things are. There have only been a couple times I’ve reached for something where it used to be.

Next up will be the installation of a hardwood floor in the kitchen. It’s not a top priority, as we’re just basking in the glory that is a fresh new kitchen. I’ve convinced the other half of my work team that someone else needs to be paid money to install the floor. (We can demo to save that part of the budget, but the installation needs to be someone else’s responsibility.)  He agreed.

In fact, this time, he didn’t even hesitate. 😉

9 Responses to “It’s like a whole new kitchen!”


  • It looks really nice JoAnn. My kitchen is similar where the cabinets are really messed up and things are not necessarily where they should be. I would really like to remodel but have yet to do it. So if you would like to come do mine you are welcome!! 🙂

  • Those cabinets look fabulous. We, too, painted our old yucky ones instead of replacing them. It was a nightmare.

    I don’t have the add-ons like you, though. They look great! Your husband does nice work!

  • The cabinets look fantastic! I’ve been trying to convince my husband that we should paint ours, but I hesitate now after reading how much you hated the process. The results would be worth it, though.

    Great job. I can’t wait to see your new floors.

  • Thanks, Laura! Thanks for the offer, but I’ll have to politely decline. Ha!

  • Thanks, Monnik! I love the result and absolutely hated the process. The add-ons make it even better!

  • It looks great! I am going to post a mini-remodel of my kitchen soon too.

    Did you have to sand the cabinets down before painting? I am thinking of painting my cabinets too…but they’re relatively new, so I’m hesitant. Why did the painting take so long?

  • Oh, Gretchen…the end result is amazing, and I’m glad we did it, but I wouldn’t wish this project on anyone. Ask me in another month, and maybe time will have healed those wounds? We finished the actual hard painting in October and the rest of the doors in December, so the pain is still fresh in my mind. 🙂

  • Thanks for the comment, PG!

    Yes, we had to strip and sand every nook and cranny of them. We then painted at least one base-coat of Kilz on everything. Inside, we then painted two or three layers of white. On the outsides, we painted two or three layers of baked brie.

    It’s painstaking and back-breaking work when you turn yourself into a pretzel to reach the areas inside. It’s precarious work when you are tiptoe on a step stool to reach the tops and insides. There is a LOT of surface area to our cabinets…which is great when it comes to storage, but not so much when it comes to painting. 🙂

  • Ok…maybe I don’t mind my cupboards that much anymore…

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