Are ya’ll ready to see how my sister’s kitchen turned out?? Sorry I had to make you wait, but the anticipation makes it more exciting, right? She has a kitchen full of pine cabinets that I shared a detailed How to Paint Pine Cabinets tutorial for on Tuesday. There were way too many pictures to fit all the befores, afters, and in-betweens in one post, so today I’m back to share all the pretty after pictures!
First, here is a reminder of how her kitchen, straight out of 1985, looked when we started:
See all those knotholes? I shared how we dealt with those before painting in my tutorial on Tuesday if you missed it.
And here is how her kitchen looks now! You might want to grab your sunglasses because it is so bright!
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Can I get an amen??
In the before photos, you can see that the piece above the sink was curvy. My sister didn’t like that, so I whacked it out with a sledgehammer and replaced it with a straight piece, securing it with my nail gun.
I also replaced a similar curvy piece that was above this opening on the opposite wall next to the fridge:
Do you miss the pine at all??
This makeover may look very familiar if you’ve seen my own kitchen makeover.
My sister loved mine, so she decided to use many of the same elements in her own. I also have this gorgeous mother-of-pearl backsplash:
I love how it shimmers when the light hits it.
You can see how I installed it in my own home HERE. Hers was actually easier because I was able to attach it directly to the wall. I trimmed out the edges with ceramic pencil trim I found at the Home Depot:
She also used my wall color, Campfire Ash by Behr:
I love that clock! It came from Hobby Lobby. (Clocks are 50% off every other week!)
And notice the fridge is clutter-free! She actually tried not to clutter it back up completely!
That stairwell leads to the room over the garage. She removed the carpet from the stairs and is currently painting the railing. The floor is still a project on the list. She has plans to replace it with hardwood or luxury vinyl. That will also add a lot of warmth and contrast to this space.
She was really lucky to have solid surface counters and stainless steel appliances already.
I suggested black for her kitchen island, but she had found an inspiration photo that featured a taupe island that she liked, so she chose Smokestack by Behr.
My sister painted the stools with the same paint she used on the cabinets, Behr Ultra Pure White in a satin finish. There was no need to use the stinky shellac primer on those or the island, just regular primer was fine.
And you can see the top of the island is no longer this ugly wood.
We used Dixie Belle White Magic VooDoo Gel Stain on it. I’ll share more of how we did that when I share the kitchen table and chairs on Tuesday.
My sister loved my faucet as well, so she replaced hers with the same one I found on Amazon HERE.
It is awesome!
She opted to keep her existing hinges but replaced all the hardware.
We used a mix of knobs on top and on the drawers and longer pulls on the bottom cabinets, all purchased at the Home Depot…
Replacing the floors with wood or luxury vinyl eventually is why she opted to stay a bit lighter on the island, although it actually looks a lot lighter than it is in this photo. It will look SO good when the floors are done!
Why not use chalk paint?
That’s the question I often get about my own kitchen. Ya’ll know I am a huge fan of chalk paint for furniture and decor items, especially because I like a bit of a distressed look. It seems painting a whole kitchen would be so much easier with the “no-prep” idea behind chalk paint. However, I chose the latex enamel in the Satin finish for a couple of reasons. First, I prefer a clean new-looking finish for cabinets and second, latex enamel is super easy to clean which is very important in a kitchen. The prep needed is well worth the end result, and there is no need to wax or seal the paint after, as would be needed with chalk paint. That makes touch-ups super easy.
One more before:
And how does my sister like her new kitchen?
I think this smile says it all!
She actually told me last week, “Thank you. Thank you for helping me love my house!”
That is the best thanks ever!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what we did with her kitchen set!
That might be my favorite…I can’t wait!!
UPDATE!! See how my sister’s updated eat-in area looks now HERE…you won’t recognize it! 🙂
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