The kitchen always seems to be the hub of activity in my home so when it looked like it was fresh out of the 70’s, I knew it was time for a drastic makeover. I wanted to make a huge impact but didn’t have the huge budget. Thanks to the people at Home Depot, they were able to point me in right direction to make the most of my limited resources. I showed them a few of my “before” photos so they could get an idea of what we were working with.
We determined based on my budget that painting the walls and cupboards would make the most impact. I had already decided that I wanted a clean and fresh look to the kitchen and had white cupboards and grey walls in mind for the color scheme. After looking at some paint samples and decided on the perfect shade of grey, it was time to get my shopping cart and load up on supplies.
The Home Depot Associate determined that we would need to prime the cupboards first due to the color and age of the doors to ensure the actual paint color adhered properly and didn’t have any issues. With a few more pointers and words of wisdom to ensure everything turned out the way we wanted it to from the Associate, I was ready to go.
Before I go any further I must say that none of this project would have been possible without the assistance of my Mom. There was no way I was going to be able to tackle this project and finish it in the weekend time frame allotted without her help. Thanks Mom!
Our game plan was to get the doors primed on Friday evening, give the cupboards 2 coats of paint and the first coat of paint on the walls on Saturday and the second coat of pain on the walls Sunday morning and have everything back into place by Sunday afternoon The first step, once we had all the supplies ready to go was to remove the handles off the cupboards and attack them with some SOS pads. I swear there was 20+ years of dirt and grime built up on them. With a bit of elbow grease, it was astonishing to see the difference.
Being that the cupboards were so dark to begin with, I was glad it was suggested to prime them first. The last thing that I wanted to have to do was give them coat after coat of paint just to get the right coverage. I was glad it was a fairly mild evening as the primer was oil based and we needed to open up a few windows to give the area some ventilation.
By the end of Friday night, we were on track. Cupboards were primed and we were ready to hit the ground running on Saturday morning. I am not going to lie, when I first walked into the kitchen on Saturday morning, I had no idea how were going to stay on track and get it all done in a day. But we plugged along and although when we finished that evening, we were completely exhausted and paint covered, the kitchen already looked completely different.
With the second coat of wall paint completed on Sunday morning by lunch time we were able to get things back into place and I was astonished how great everything looked.
It was goodbye 70’s dark and dreary and hello bright and modern looking. I felt even more accomplished when my son saw the new kitchen for the first time, his reaction was “Mommy, it looks AMAZING. You and Nana did an awesome job.”
So next time you have a home renovation or makeover idea and aren’t sure of where to start, head over to your local Home Depot. Their Associates are more than willing to point you in the right direction and you’d be surprised what you can make happen in your home.
Disclosure: Although products were provide to me from Home Depot, all opinions, comments and photos are strictly mine.