How to Makeover Your Kitchen Cabinets
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: TIME-CONSUMING, BUT DOABLE. GET YOUR CREW TO HELP YOU.
Hey, Modern Farmhouse Girl!
This is such a great one-year anniversary topic for me: how to makeover your kitchen cabinets! And I'm psyched to tell you how. Because I truly think this geniusly-simple update made a WORLD of difference in my condo. (And no, I'm not the genius who came up with the idea. I found a bunch of people on Pinterest who did it before me and copied them!)
Some quick background on today's post before we jump in: Today is my one-year anniversary of closing on my fixer-upper turned modern-farmhouse-fresh condo! (Can we talk about some serious lemonade making? Am I right?) The cool thing is, I closed one year ago today ON July 7. And July 7 is my grandmother's birthday! Maria L. Casale, who I grew up calling "Abuela," passed away last June. I know she's in heaven and with my amazing Pop, who I have thought about often since he passed away over 17 years ago. And while she did not live to see me close on my condo (because it was in foreclosure, the process took MONTHS) I sincerely believe the timing was a miracle. I believe it happened on purpose that I closed on what would be her birthday.
Abuela was Catholic and always prayed to "the Virgin Mother" to "send her signs with roses." And the funny thing is, she got roses mysteriously delivered to her all the time! Anyway, I've been picking up those $3.99 Trader Joe's bouquets on my weekly grocery runs to have some flowers in my bathroom. (I think it's nice to look at fresh flowers while getting ready in the morning.) This week for my condo anniversary and to remember Abuela, I picked up this bouquet with roses:
Now OKAY, I think we're ready for the how-to, plus some crazy before and after photos! I say crazy because the before is REALLY CRAY CRAY. (Or as an awesome lady I just interviewed for a project I'm doing at work would put it: 'cray-cray-cray-cray-crazy!' Direct quote.)
Check out these before pics of my kitchen (taken by the realtor who listed the condo). Can anyone say FIXER UPPER STATUS? And I'm pairing them next to some cute "after" pics:
So here's what you'll do to makeover your kitchen cabinets:
A. Paint them! You can choose any color—I chose white. And I also went with a high-gloss paint, which is easier to wipe down when they get, inevitably, spilled on. You'll need to unscrew all the doors with a screwdriver and take them (preferably outside) to paint them all. I used rollers (or I should say my family who helped me paint them used rollers!), but you could use spray paint. Don't go for a paintbrush--it will take forever (I'm guessing) and be streaky. Also: I only painted the doors, front and back, but not the inside shelves of the cabinets, which you could do if you're feeling up for the challenge. And then I painted the top and bottom of the cabinets white, too.
B. Replace the hardware. This is not hard - if you can use an electric drill, you can do it! Watch a YouTube video. If you're nervous, watch it twice. And picking out new drawer pulls is so fun! You can get really creative with them, or stay simple/classic like I did. The best tip I have for this step is to buy a TEMPLATE. My cousin Nick recommended it (they sell them at stores like Home Depot) and if you use a template, you're sure to have a nice, even install. Here's what they look like:
C. Open up some shelving. Leave doors off some of your shelves to give your kitchen an open feel. I left off the doors on either side of my sink and my mom (a frequent character in my blog posts because she's the OG diy-er) covered the shelves in peel-and-stick grey and white BUFFALO CHECK (my fav) paper.
D. Add a skirt under your sink for a modern-farmhouse feel. That's right, take off and leave off the cabinet doors under your sink and hang up a curtain. Mine is pink gingham.
LAST STEP. Accessorize! My dear Uncle Fred bought me that GORGEOUS Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer in Pistachio, which I blogged about the other week. That is clearly now the star of my kitchen. And I found that cute "U-Pick" sign at one of my favorite antique stores called Barge Canal Market on Pine Street in Burlington. I also have framed photos of: my sister and I from a trip to Montreal, a chicken painting from a local artist I like, and a painting of Camel's Hump, also by a local artist. And I bought a pink toaster from Bed Bath & Beyond to add to the pink accessories.
All in all, making over your kitchen cabinets takes two basic steps: (1) painting your cabinets (maybe for the first time, or painting over an existing color) and (2) installing or swapping out hardware. If you feel like getting more creative, you can open up shelving, add a sink skirt, paint a chalkboard wall, or whatever else strikes your fancy! But the paint and hardware alone will be a big change, I am sure.
Has anyone else re-done their kitchen? I'd love to hear about it! Shoot me a note or leave a comment below!