I cant tell you how many times I have heard the words " You are such a Martha Stewart" (haha) I just love crafting, diy, painting, sewing, and home decorating. It gives me great satisfaction to look around my house and say " I MADE THAT!"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

From Drab to Fab Kitchen

 I am back! Thank you all for the sweet comments and encouragement while my husband was overseas this past year! It is so nice to have him back home again, and things are finally getting back to normal. I have so many projects to share with you. I cant believe it has been 6 months since I redid my kitchen! Let me just say I am still completely in LOVE with my new kitchen, it brights up my whole house. It is also the first thing you see when you walk through our front door, and boy does it make a statement! On to the pictures...

Here are some Before pictures.

  It was so dark in my kitchen even in the middle of the day!  The dark finish of the cabinets was worn and faded. You can see I found cute 1x2 glass subway tiles at Lowe's for under $4 each! That was my jumping off point. After I started taking down the wallpaper back splash, I found the motivation I needed to just redo it all!

  I did all the tile in just one night after the kids went to bed! :) I used my Dremel tool with a diamond edge blade to cut the glass tiles. Since I used 1x2 tiles on a mesh backing, there wasn't very many cuts to make. You can just pop out the tiles in the way of outlets and trim the others.

  After the tile was done I knew I need to work on the cabinets next. I was so happy to cut down the ugly scallop over my window that attached my cabinets together and add bigger case molding around the top. I think besides the paint that was the biggest change to my kitchen! Ladies get RID OF THOSE SCALLOPS!!! haha
  After looking at a TON of pictures and reviews, I decided to go with the rustoleum cabinet transformations kit. (if you click the link it will take you to the website. You can look at other peoples reviews, before and after pictures, and sample colors!) I bought one kit at Lowe's for $80 in the Pure White finish. I used a walnut stain pen to add the detail around the doors and on the molding. I loved the way it looked without the glaze, so I opted not to use it.
Here are some After pictures...

The before pictures are from when we bought our house three years ago. Look how light and bright it is NOW!!! It is just such a big difference! :)  The finish just gives a warm glow, and washes wonderfully! After 6 months there are no marks, and that is with two kids and a dog!

What do you think of my LESS than $200 makeover?