We purchased this home over 2 years ago.... and sometimes when I look back to how it was... I am not sure why I ever signed my name on that dotted line! If you ask me what my least favorite color of wood is.... I will say red... and this house was COVERED IN RED FAKE WOOD. I referred to it as the condiment house because the walls were green and yellow, and the builder grade cabinets and floors were FREAKING RED. Honestly, it was quite the stressful environment for a girl who's favorite color is Black... and then White... and then if I have to.... Grey! After that I will allow other neutrals, on a case to case basis, but that is as far as I can be pushed. I knew that it needed to be changed... It was just a matter of when.....
I wouldn't classify my husband and I as the typical DIY team, meaning we had NO PRIOR experience coming into this. BUT, I had the empowerment and support of the Pinterest and Youtube communities and a super STUD of a husband, so what could go wrong?!?! OH .... PROBABLY EVERYTHING...
I remember when and how this transformation started. I was up super late, watching Fixer Upper reruns, glancing back and forth between my dream house and my cringe worthy red builder grade cabinets. I kept seeing all of these PERFECT white kitchens, and thought.... oh how hard could it be to paint my own cabinets white...I will just channel my inner Joanna Gaines....it's going to be amazing. It was 4 in the morning when I decided I was going to just go for it....before my husband got up for work, so he wouldn't stop me. When he came out and saw me washing down all of our cabinets, he didn't actually seem opposed to the idea. He did however tell me I was ON MY OWN with this. I was like BABE don't even worry, I have this under control, when you come home from work you will have a beautiful WHITE kitchen. Kisses and HUGS. BYE.
I WAS SO WRONG. Like I am every time I start a project that is clearly out of my league. If you're like me you love instant gratification and what could more instantly gratifying then a cabinet color change. This should be quick and easy and GLORIOUS. Unfortunately, if you're also like me.... you have unrealistic expectations of your skill level when it comes to home improvements. I have been blessed with particular set of skills, boudoir photography, and I should without a doubt stick to that. Somebody should remind me of that next time I get sucked in to DIY by Joanna Gaines, to stay focused on BOUDOIR instead.
Let me point out now that instant gratification and DIY home remodeling do not belong in the same sentence, let alone in my vocabulary. I was 18 hours deep into this project...I hadn't even started painting yet.... and I was very quickly losing all motivation. Luckily, I have the best MOM in the world, who happens to be an interior designer, FURNITURE refinishing extraordinaire ( check her out here PONZIO DESIGN, and my BFF. We make a pretty good team.
So I called her frantically, which I do roughly 46 times per week.
Our conversation went as follows:
Me: MOM SOS I AM PAINTING MY CABINETS! I NEED HELP! I THINK I AM DOING THIS WRONG? Do you sand between coats? My wrists hurt from sanding? Am I supposed to use a particular roller? ......UGH Will you come over and help me PLEASEEEEEE!
Mom: Where is Dustin? *****side note... Dustin is the practical one in this relationship. He can basically do ANYTHING he sets his mind to.
Me: He says I have to do this on my OWN.
Mom: (likely sheer panic) Don't touch anything else, I'll be right over.
And that is the story of how my mom saved my life for the 435678901 time. THANKS LAUR! YOU'RE THE BEST.
This project took a total of 2 weeks to complete, and lots of blood, sweat, and tears. I took a total of 87 snack breaks, my mom took like 4..... My husband eventually joined in... after I had a series of mental breakdowns. He thankfully added all of the hardware (because I don't know how to use a power drill to this day, and shouldn't), framed out the island, adding molding, new baseboards, and beadboard, and mostly importantly, he scratched our current counter tops with a razor blade while trying to cut said beadboard.... turning my WANT into a serious NEED for new countertops in the very near future, THANKS FOR THINKING OF ME BABE!
It's not finished yet, I am not sure it ever will be, but we love it. It was the first project we took on as homeowners and I could not be happier with how it turned out. So ..... here it is!!!!!!!! Let me know what you think in the comments!!!
We are still brainstorming on how to hide the cabinet light cords! Do you have any ideas? Let me know in the comments!
AND THAT IS IT. Thank you for sticking with me! What do you think?!! Do you have any suggestions for countertops? Let me know in the comments!