Our DIY kitchen makeover (before and after) is undoubtedly the major DIY project I’ve ever done. The truth is, I’ve learned a lot of new things while working on this. I always say that no matter what project it is, make sure to measure, measure, measure. This stands out when I was drilling holes on each kitchen cabinets and drawers to install the hardware. Its alignment is very crucial to make the perfect fit. A little bit of off measurement will absolutely show up. Although I’m new to using power tools, I’m definitely a perfectionist veteran, and when that hits me, the project can potentially get delayed which is not good.
Almost a year ago when we moved into our completely blank slate house, the outdated kitchen and bathroom cabinets, kitchen countertop, and black appliances immediately caught my attention; not in the right way. I knew then that I’ll have to find time to give it a makeover. I’m on a mission to save money without giving up the items on my wish list. After watching a few YouTube tutorials and researching and reading product reviews, I convinced myself that I could do any projects I put my mind in to. And that’s how our DIY kitchen makeover (before and after) started.
Our DIY kitchen makeover (before and after) wasn’t that easy at all but it sure is doable. Anybody can do it with time, patience, hard work, and minimal budget [we spent $600]. While thousands of dollars kitchen renovation is a great way to add value to a home, I know that my husband and I are not going to do that. We merely refused that vast expense. It doesn’t make sense to us because we are not planning to sell our house soon. In fact, we are planning to stay here as long as we could and make memories with our boys here. So, this kitchen makeover is exactly what we want. The only items that I didn’t update are the kitchen sink and faucet. I’m still contemplating if I should DIY this or hire a professional. So far, I have a few votes against DIY-ing it and zero in favor of it. I’ll keep you posted on this for sure.
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Materials Needed for a Complete DIY Kitchen Makeover
Kitchen Cabinets Painting Materials:
Liquid Sander Deglosser – I used this to prep the kitchen cabinets and drawers. You’ll need a clean, dry lint-free cloth to rub into the surface. Because of the kitchen grease and dirt, I took time to clean the surface; applying the deglosser twice on each piece both front, and back. Although it’s hard to see through the naked eye the texture of a cleaned cabinet, touching and feeling it is the best way to know if the piece is ready for the next step.
KILZ Premium Primer – For this project, I used a gallon of primer. Unlike the oil based primer, this one is fast drying and has low odor. Knowing the kind of cabinet-material you’ll be working on is the first step in deciding what type of primer and paint you need.
General Finishes Milk Paint – I bought a gallon of this at Amazon. Where we live, this type of paint is not available at a local store. Between application and drying time, I religiously followed the manufacturer’s instructions.
General Finishes High Performance Top Coat – The same with the paint, I bought a gallon of this item at Amazon. I also religiously followed the manufacturer’s instructions between application and drying time.
Painter’s Pyramid Stands – Can I say this? – It is the best little thing to have when painting cabinet doors. I’m not kidding! There are quantity options on each packaging, so you don’t have to get the larger ones if you only need a few.
Super Lid – As we all know, painting can be a messy job. Using this super lid is a time saver. I didn’t have to worry about cleaning the excess paint. Huh! As if I have so much time in my day. 🙂
Paint Roller/ Paint Brush Set – This is the set that I bought for this project (which some of them I can use for upcoming projects). Depending on the scope of your project, I recommend checking your local hardware store for similar items.
Materials Needed to Install Kitchen Cabinets Hardware:
Stainless Steel Cabinet Hardware – I’m in love with this bar pull. There are quantity options on each packaging which makes it more desirable to purchase. I chose the stainless steel 7 1/2″ bar pull on all cabinet doors and drawers except for one drawer which I had to pick up a smaller size at a local hardware store.
Power Drill – This is my 2nd time to use a power drill. Yes, I’m a power tool beginner! The first time I used it was during our guest bathroom makeover. I did the same makeover with its cabinets. Believe it or not, I like it!
Kitchen Countertop Makeover Kit:
Countertop Refinishing Kit – The kitchen countertop was a nightmare. I just didn’t like it! It was outdated and not our style. Because replacing the countertop is not what we wanted to do, I did my power research on ways to give it an inexpensive and not time consuming makeover. And yes! I found this kit. Just exactly what we wanted! Call me boring, but when using new products, I always follow the manufacturer’s instructions between application and drying time to ensure best results.
Kitchen Appliances Paint Kit:
Stainless Steel Appliance Paint Kit (Range and Dishwasher Kit AND Fridge Kit) – I was hoping to never talk about our black appliances ever again. 🙂 But here we are. But seriously, I’m glad to have found reliable and tested products for our kitchen appliances makeover. I bought two kits for this project; one for range, dishwasher, and microwave, and the other is for a refrigerator. Again, following the manufacturer’s instructions is crucial in getting the best results.
Materials Needed to Install Backsplash:
Hexagon Marble Backsplash Tiles – From the planning phase of this project, I know I wanted to add a backsplash in our kitchen, but I also know I don’t have the time and I refused to spend more $$ to have one. Good thing I found this material! It’s my favorite for sure. It’s easy to install, and it’s inexpensive, yet it looks polished.
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Stainless Steel Light Switch Plates – This update is inexpensive, yet it made a significant impact on the overall makeover.
And that’s how I finished our DIY kitchen makeover. I was trying to document the entire project with photos of every step, but I got so excited to get it done completely, so it slipped on my mind. 🙁 During the makeover process, my husband told me I’m crazy for doing this project. I say I’m a person that doesn’t settle within my limitations. Just because we don’t want to spend a long time and more $$ on a kitchen makeover doesn’t mean there’s no other alternative to making it happen.
This week is officially our third week without full access to our kitchen. Kudos to my husband who dealt with my craziness very patiently. 🙂 I can’t wait to cook our favorite meal tonight. One project crossed off on my 2018 project list. On to the next one. ..
Are you planning for a DIY kitchen makeover or have already done one? What are your favorite products to use for the project? What is your timeline to complete it? Do you set a strict budget? In the comments below, I’d love to hear your comments.
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