This is what the kitchen looked like when I was house-hunting. I know you're all wondering WHY I bought this house . I think it's b/c I have issues. Some people bring home stray animals, and I buy ugly houses. I love a project and this kitchen looked like it was in need of some love. Mint green paint, older than dirt appliances, wall paper borders, and world's ugliest cabinets (they are coated in plastic)-how could I not buy it?
The plan was to rip everything out and get a brand new kitchen. However, despite passing inspection, we had to replace our roof a few months after we moved in. With my budget demolished, I figured I would try and paint them, b/c they couldn't look worse. I took all the doors off the hinges and roughed them up w/ my sander. I used a gray tinted primer (Gripper). I rolled on a few coats. Then I used a Colonial Red paint. I thought it was oil based, b/c it came in a little can, but it was acrylic. I did a million coats on each side-it wasn't as much fun as it sounds. I coated them all w/ a few coats of polyurethane. I was worried that all the paint would peel right off, but they looked great 3 years later. (Hopefully they still do)
Then I found all the hardware on clearance at IKEA! I think it was around $30 for all of it. I also replaced the super ugly plastic light features with one's I got at IKEA and bought all new appliances and new counter tops.
It was my favorite room in the entire house.
I forgot to mention that I had actually painted the walls a lovely buttercream yellow immediately when we moved in, bc/ the green was too awful. I though it would go great with the dark cherry cabinets that I planed on getting. Stupid Roof. Anyway, after going with plan B and painting the cabinets red, my kitchen looked a little too much like McDonalds so I re-painted all the walls with some leftover white paint I found in the garage. It was flat and didn't hold up to all our family's kitchen grime, so I repainted it a glossy white. Anyone else ever paint the same wall 4 times?
Now I've got to quit blogging and go finish my current kitchen.