Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Our Kitchen Condo Renovations / Kitchen Cabinets

I have been saving this post, I'm ready! Holiday's are over with and now its time to share everything that has been happening in our home. I purchased my first place last year, a two bedroom condo. We were renting for a year before the owner decided she wanted to sell, I didn't want to move yet again another year and up-root my son from his school.

So I bought it. Its ours! Here is the plan: Live here till my son enters middle school, flip the place and sell it for more then what I paid. Then use that money for our first house. The process has begun and WOW the transformations have been amazing. Its going to be hard to move, its pretty awesome here now.

We are living in a older building, when renting everything was outdated. EVERYTHING. So I just started and one room and moved around.

Today's post, is centered in our small condo kitchen.

I renovated EVERYTHING, myself. BOOM.

Huge savings if you DIY.

This room is going to be broken down to several DIY blog posts, as there is just way to much info!!


Lets start with Cabinet Re-Surfacing
Goodness, this was the FIRST thing in the entire home that I needed to change first. 1970's fake wood cabinets. I looked up many DIY tutorials on Pinterest on how to re-paint them myself.

 Started off by removing all the cabinet doors, I did not mark which door was which and should have so do add a piece of tape labeling each door.

All the hardware once removed got Spray painted Silver.
Look at those cabinets, isn't that nasty?

Once all cabinet doors are removed, I cleaned them all and removed any build up. Then, I started Priming. The primer I used was AMAZING and is called
"Glidden Aquacrylic Gripper Primer/Sealer"
It was suggested to me from a associate at Home Depot, it grips to surfaces better and I needed something to grip to fake wood on the outside. I did NO sanding and you don't need to with this primer. Its thick and covers amazing.
I used a sponge roller, so that it leaves no textures at all.
After everything is primed and all the nooks and crannies are painted, I set up a fan and let it fully dry for 24-48 hours. Then your ready to PAINT it the color you want. For me I knew right away I wanted a Grey color, something modern. I LOVE my cabinet Grey. Its Called:
Paint & Primer in One -  Dark Ash, {770F-5}, in: Semi Gloss
So you just start rolling on the paint, again using a sponge roller.
It took two coats for mine and several touch up later it was almost done!
One of the things I also knew I wanted to do was add hardware handles to the outside, as it had zero.
I got all our hardware at Home Depot. HOWEVER a month later on a trip to Ikea I noticed they had my same identical hardware but for half the price. So DO look around to see who offers the best price.
I drilled all new holes in all the cabinets and added the knobs and handles, this alone was a bit of a job. However it got done. Just mark your spots and use a measuring tape to make sure your holes are consistant.

Then your ready to hang it all back up. I left off a few doors and painted the inside a lighter color just for something different.

I spray painted all the hardware a nice model nickel color and so far they are holding up well

So what do you think so far?

This was only a few of things that changed in this kitchen, next post I'll share our next renovations in the kitchen.


  1. Please come and do my kitchen! What a fabulous job. Takes time, but worth it in the end. Your kitchen looks fresh and light- just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You did a great job on those cabinets. I have done mine and they do take some time but well worth it.

  3. That is an incredibly transformation. Well done it looks fab

  4. It came out great!

  5. I am so impressed that you are doing all of this work yourself. I don't think I would have the patience to go through each step.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  6. that looks amazing! enjoy.

  7. Wow, it looks really great! I'm definitely going to check out that primer, I'm planning to start my kitchen renovation this spring. My house is a 1960's ranch and the kitchen still has the original 1960's cabinets! I can't wait to see what else you've done! Isn't it so rewarding to know you've done all that yourself!!??


  8. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

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