Friday, December 23, 2016

The Start of Creating our Farmhouse Kitchen

Hello, Friends and Happy "almost" Christmas! I have been working on so many little around the house projects that I haven't really had time to sit and write. My love for DIY and home decor continues to grow each day. I am so thankful that I have created this blog as my creative outlet. Making more time for me was my goal for the end of 2016 and you can bet that it will continue to be my goal for 2017 as well!

For this post I decided to share the start of our journey to creating our farmhouse kitchen. It is no secret that I love white, so when my husband finally gave in to painting our cherry wood cabinets, I jumped on it  FAST before he could change his mind!

We moved into our home 3 1/2 years ago and our dark kitchen always made me cringe. I think we all have rooms in our home that we just don't like. Sadly, that room for me was our kitchen. From the dark wooden beams to the dark cabinets, to the dark floor...we needed a change. It's amazing what a little work and paint can do to a room!

Just a little note... in no way am I a professional "kitchen cabinet painter" or whatever you want to call it! Ha! I am simply sharing the materials and process I used. Hopefully my suggestions will work for you as well!

I started by removing all of the hardware from the cabinets. I am lazy when it comes to painting (which you can clearly see in this picture because I did not paint under my cabinets yet), so I definitely was not removing each and every cabinet to paint. I cleaned my cabinets with Goof Off Power Cleaner and Degreaser from Lowes. I let this set in for a little bit before wiping it off the cabinets. 

Next was the sanding. Honestly, I think the sanding is another reason why I didn't push the painting the cabinets issue with my husband before now. I DID NOT want to sand them. This sounds terrible, but the work involved scared me half to death. Then, I came across this little gift from God. Liquid Sander by Jasco. Ahhhhh! This stuff is AH-mazing! All you need is a little elbow grease. I used a lint-free cloth and the liquid sander on each of my cabinets once they were clean. You are to make small circular motions on the cabinets. Your cabinets will feel a bit grainy and rough when you're finished. I probably should have filled in some dark spaces in my cabinets before painting, but I kind of like the "older" look.

After the liquid sanding, I was ready to prime. I used the Valspar Stainblocking Bonding Primer/Sealer on my cabinets. I only did one coat of the primer. If I were to do this all over again, I would probably do two coats. I actually read that on another blog as well and my lack of patience got the best of me! Ugh!

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After priming, I was ready for paint. I used the Valspar Cabinet Enamel paint in Chef White, which is an off white color. We have bisque appliances, so a pure white was not going to work in our space. The Chef White was the perfect solution. I did two coats of this paint.

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Our light is also from Lowes. The great thing is that I already had the pendant light, so I just needed to buy a new pendant shade! 

We have a lot more that we want to do, including knocking down a wall, putting in a bar/island, finishing our ceiling, new flooring, countertops, etc. etc. etc., but for now, a little paint is the start to creating our farmhouse kitchen and making this wifey happy! :)