DIY $1,500 Kitchen Makeover

So, this was about a 5 week job… updating a 1970’s kitchen to something more upgraded.     It was a full DIY job that cost under $1,500… if you can feel that!     And that includes a brand new dishwasher.     It was very obsolete and I was very sick of looking at yellow… in many forms.     I couldn’t stand the wood cupboards or even the yellow Formica counter tops.     Living here for 3 years now it was too much for me to handle anymore… and I could envision the beauty it could turn into.     Therefore I decided to handle it.     Of course that is a small kitchen but a small kitchen is Far More work than you think It’ll be.     Two weeks and I just wanted it to be completed.

This was the prior photo…  looks right from the late 70’s correct?     Yikes!

Kitchen makeover - before photo

Before photo of this kitchen with yellow Formica countertops and wood cabinets.

Below is the following photo… looks better and definitely brighter.     I’m so happy with how it was!     Being part Norwegian I am drawn to Scandinavian styling so I knew right from the beginning I wanted whitened.     I knew that it was a “secure” neutral shade and any highlight colors may be placed in therefore it wasn’t really dull.     I also like modern farmhouse styling and also the fact that this home is in Southern Utah it made sense to try and go that path.     I knew I wanted some open shelving therefore I eliminated two closets and replaced them actually love the way that it opened up the distance.

Small Kitchen Makeover - New White Kitchen!

After photo of the finished kitchen space.

The kitchen nook has been wall to ceiling wood paneling and I knew that had to be painted.     It took three coats of Kilz primer to pay it then I painted it using paint out of Truvalue.     Before painting I’d sand it and then clean it thoroughly with TSP and rinsed it down.     Sounds way better white!     The color I chose was named Snowstorm in satin finish.

Wood panel wall needs paint

Wood paneled wall had paint.

White painted wood paneling.

Wood paneled wall painted white

Injuries Kitchen Cabinets

The wood cabinets and the counter tops will be the two Chief things to be upgraded in this kitchen makeover.     I pay the counter tops below but sort of spilled covering the painting of their cabinets.     The cupboards were a lot of work.     You Need to eliminate all cupboard doors and doors, clean with TSPand sand them very well, clean them and start priming them , etc..     I didn’t need to post a bunch of photographs of this, but I really do have some tips below.

Here’s what I have learned by painting the kitchen cabinets.

  1. Sanding and Cleaning are extremely important.    Be sure to perform this step well.     It takes more than you might imagine.
  2. I contemplated painting the insides of the doors as well as the inside of the cabinets but I heard you don’t have to paint the inside of the cabinets.     If you paint the inside of the cupboards the paint actually makes them stick when closed and you don’t want this.     In addition, it saves a lot of time by doing the inside of the cabinets so bypass this.
  3. Be sure to have saw horses available and a couple long 2×4 is to put across so that you can put your cupboard doors when you go to paint and prime.
  4. If you have wood cabinets it actually does require a minimum of 3 coats of primer to create your last coat of paint be the color you need… in this instance Snowstorm white.
  5. With a kitchen this small one gallon of primer and one gallon of paint has been all it required for several 5 coatings, (3 primer, 2 paint) for many closets as well as the staircase.
  6. New cabinet hardware creates a significant difference.  I moved with stainless 3/8 inset hinges, hinges and cup pools.
  7. Reinstalling the cupboard doors by myself was easier than I thought it would be.     My cabinets are soldered onto the inside so I used a paint stir stick underneath them for the spacing, lined them up, drilled new holes then screwed them.     If you are able to get help of course it is much easier.

Refinishing Formica Countertops (DAICH SpreadStone Onyx Fog)

The yellow Formica countertops for me were the most important thing to upgrade of this kitchen.     I am ok with some yellow but very loathed how much yellow was from the kitchen and dining room.     It definitely wasn’t a selling point as you Find that the kitchen right if you walk in this home.     I needed to liven up things and make it feel more open and fresh.     Replacing counter tops can be very expensive and time consuming thus since we had been still on a tight budget looked into every Way of upgrading  things and luckily found DAICH’s SpreadStone.     DAICH SpreadStone is a counter top refinishing method in which you sand and paint old-outdated Formica.     From reviews I read online individuals appeared to be largely happy with their outcomes.     Hence, had to try it.

I knew from negative reviews of this merchandise that people had not properly prepared the surface of the Formica.     Getting used to doing Good prep work I knew issues others had weren’t an issue.     And you really don’t take into Consideration just how much prep is entailed in doing things right, however I know it’s quite important to properly clean and sand surfaces so that I guessed it would work good.     And I was correct.     The final result was impressive and after 3 weeks see zero problems with it.     SpreadStone is durable and actually very pretty.

I read that some folks had completely resurfaced their counter tops with DAICH SpreadStone above a weekend, starting Friday night.     I thought it would be that fast since the counter tops were in very good shape for being 40 or so years old.     There have been no burn marks or actually any cracks that I saw… but I decided to research the 45 level seam on the left of this sink and began fiddling with it using a screwdriver and realized that I had to pull some of the loose damaged pieces.     This added approximately 3 times to the Whole process because I had to sand it, then put down spackle, wait 24 hours, sand, re-spackle, sand… etc..     The SpreadStone kit comes with an instructional CD with videos on it and they reveal how to mend cracks like this.     I was just hoping I did not have to go through this, but this wasn’t the case.     This was OK though since it looks way better without the visible seam today.     I like that I spent the Additional time to do it right.     Sounds great!

First Measure:  Prep Work

Sanding your Formica thoroughly is very important therefore you create a rough surface for the initial coat of pain to stick to.     The Spreadstone kit comes with a heavy duty piece of sand paper (I believe 80 grit) that they want you to utilize, but I need down to TruValue and bought 80 grit sandpaper for my own orbital sander… and I sanded the hell out of it!     I made sure there were no glossy places left to the Formica.     I understand doing the sanding properly would produce a surface that the jacket of SpreadStone would actually stick to.     This I think is incredibly important.     Be Sure to wear the dust mask included with the kit when doing so as dust gets everywhere fast.     You don’t need to breathe in plastic!

Sanding Formica thoroughly with orbital sander

Sanding surface of Formica… really fine with an orbital sander.

Repair Formica before Spreadstone application

Spot I had to repair on the Formica.

Fixing and leveling damaged Formica

Putting spackle down on the broken Formica

Cleaning Formica after sanding to resurface.

After sanding be sure to vacuum loose particles and then wipe it down multiple times.

Essential Note:  Before trimming I washed the Whole surface of this Formica down with TSP in hot water (using a clean rag) then went across the Whole surface with plain hot water (using an additional clean rag) to rinse any residue of this TSP left behind off.     Its crucial to remove any grease or residue before trimming so that you start with a very clean surface.     Then after you sand, then you Have to Do the Exact Same thing.     Be sure the surface is actually clean before starting   to mask off any areas you don’t want painted.

Measure Two: Starting to Paint

I actually did conceal off the sink using Frog Tape and it actually did not stick to the surface of the stainless sink.     I just ripped it off and decided to use a small (really small) paint brush to perform the edges.     Lifting the sink wasn’t really an alternative because it did not move, therefore painting really attentively was my very best alternative.

After you paint on your own sink or any edges that are delicate like the stove (which mine is located in the Center of the island) you also can start covering the Primary areas with the first coating of the paint.     The DAICH SpreadStone kit Has a roller that you use to roll on the initial paint coating.     It really worked good and was simple to perform.     As soon as the yellow was totally covered it looked a million times greater.     After your initial coat of paint you Will Need to wait and then put on another jacket to Be Certain everything is evenly covered.     The time you have to wait is provided in the schooling… I believe it was an hour or two.

Spreadstone Onyx 1st coat of paint

First coating of SpreadStone Onyx Fog is making things seem better.

Once You get the Major top coat of this DAICH SpreadStone paint plus it dries… you can now start applying the 2nd and 3rd stone flake paint.     Make Certain you stir the rock paint very well before starting.     It’s generally settled in the can and you really have to stir it with a paint stick to make it mixed well.     In the directions it says to use the roller that is included to use this rock paint coating but once I tried it did not work well.     Therefore I decided to paint it with a brush.     I felt this worked way better and allowed me to dab areas that appeared to have less rock flakes in it.     I did the Whole counter top surface using a brush and it worked out amazing.     Instantly you can Find a sense for what the real color will look like.     You won’t see the amazing pops of minerals appear until it dries and you begin sanding the mineral down coating.

Applying Spreadstone stone flake paint

Second measure in DAICH SpreadStone is that the actual paint with rock (mineral) flakes in it.

In the photo below I’ve applied both coatings of this mineral rock paint and have sanded.     After trimming I noticed there were places that had less mineral specks in it so I didn’t spot coats in certain areas.     This additional to this length of time that took but I actually wanted to do things correctly.     After sanding you might find that also.     If its important to you make sure you spend the Additional time to Be Certain its ideal.     I couldn’t imagine finishing this job in a weekend.     It took me like 6 days to finish, but I also did a counter high in the dining room at the Exact Same time.     It’s possible to observe the other counter shirt below.

Following the SpreadStone mineral coating has dried and you’ve sanded it down you can apply the final coat of clear which makes the counter tops popup.     I had to perform touch up areas of this mineral coating in a Number of areas after sanding since (I’d more) area desired more specks of minerals.     You sand the mineral coating and the specks of vitamins actually come out.     From the Onyx verson There’s silver, black, copper specks from the coating.     It looks really cool.     I did use the clear coat using the next roller as it worked better than a brush.     You use two coats of clear for the final step.

Spreadstone Onyx Counter Tops

The completed counter tops in Spreadstone Onyx

Small, white, updated kitchen makeover!

Finished kitchen looks brighter, cleaner and modern.

Open Shelving

I adore open shelves and wanted to possess at least one in the kitchen so decided to take down an Whole cupboard on the right of the kitchen window.     It really Depends upon your design but I knew I wanted the kitchen to feel much more open and if you walk into the kitchen in the living room the cupboard I eliminated was actually blocking the willingness of this kitchen.     I didn’t hesitate to rip the cupboard down and it instantly opened up the place.     I knew the shelves would be mostly ornamental but it’s created such a positive gap.

I thought a great deal about shelf brackets, length, thickness, color and finally decided on getting natural wood shelves held up by rustic metal mounts my mom found on eBay.     I really like how it came out.     I eliminate all wood paneling wood cupboards, but wanted pops of natural wood and the shelves complete the look perfectly.

The wood for the shelves has been purchased at my Regional Truvalue.     I found fine 2x8x10 planks of wood that I’d cut down for me to 6 7/8″ with 5′ pieces.

Open Kitchen Shelving

Open Shelving with rustic metal mounts

To join the dining room with the kitchen Somewhat more I realized the open shelves should be carried on in the kitchen to the dining room.     I’d take down a cupboard that has been over the old fridge and replaced it with a single open container.     Then I put two briefer open shelves across the counter top in the dining room.     I left all shelves natural wood and just applied a thin coating of polyurethane to seal them.

Outcomes & Ideas

Like I’ve said before, I Truly love how it all came out.     It seems fresh, cleaner, refreshing and much larger.     It was a difficult job to handle by myself for sure.     You Need to use your own kitchen Daily and if its completely torn apart for weeks on end it is super stressful.     I am super happy today its finished.

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You can spend thousands of dollars on a kitchen makeover which wasn’t a choice here.     You can really go off the deep end with choosing appliances, custom and hardware stuff.     Fortunately the kitchen just really had a dishwasher and a fridge… and luckily I had a replacement fridge in storage.     I had the fridge otherwise a stainless or white fridge would have made more sense.     You make do with what you have a Great Deal of the time so its not a Enormous issue for me.     The stove is a late 70’s, early 80’s downdraft Jenn-Air and also to substitute that it is $2,500+ Hence the job could   have jumped to $4k real quick.     If it works there is no need to substitute it in my head, unless it leaves you depressed as the yellow counter tops and wood cupboards did to me.     However, I actually like classic stuff, therefore I like the stove and did not believe it had to go.

The Whole job too around a month to complete.     This was painting the Whole dining room, replacing every light switch, thermostats, electric sockets, painting the door, placing in 3 fresh window blinds, etc..     I did everything and if I had a 9-5 job it might have taken half a year.     Fortunately I work for myself and can shoot on DIY projects like this.

Anyway, I’d like to hear what you think.     I was going to list where I got a lot of those products but that might have to come after in an upgrade if anyone cares.     Allow me to know!

Update: Here’s the Pinterest plank I created for inspiration for the job: Kitchen Make-over

I also will create a list of where I got everything if there is any queries on this post.

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