Kitchen Renovation

Our kitchen was a blank canvas. It was in good condition, just very plain. We didn’t want to spend too much fixing the kitchen up, but we did want to make it look better than its current situation. The way we went about tackling this project was determining what key things we wanted to do to the kitchen and budgeted what things would have to wait for the “final” renovation.

We decided that the cheapest route was to paint the cabinets instead of purchasing new ones. It didn’t make sense to replace the current ones we had because it was pretty new. We went from an oak color to white. There was a whole lot of sanding, painting, and then some more sanding and some more painting. This was much more work than we had anticipated but the outcome was exactly what we wanted.

In order to make the cabinets look perfect, we had to unscrew and remove the cabinet doors. We then sanded the doors and spray painted the doors white with a spray gun. After going over one coat, we sanded it slightly and went over it with another coat. The second coat was with a brush as it gave it a more professional looking finish – in our opinion. For the cabinets themselves (not the doors), we painted because it would be much more work to spray paint it. We really don’t like taping (however we did a stripe wall that required a lot of taping… i’ll post another blog on that)!

After working through the cabinets, we decided to rotate our island and change the island countertop to butcher block. We love the rustic feel and look in a home and definitely wanted to incorporate that into our home. For the rest of our kitchen countertops, we painted the laminate black and did an epoxy coat over them to make it look shiny. I did a lot of research and found this blog most helpful:

The last thing we did was moving on to our backsplash. We went with white subway tiles. The one thing we kept disagreeing on was the color of the grout. My husband wanted white grout, but I really wanted gray. I thought that the gray would make the tiles pop more instead of making the tiles look like one sheet. He slowly started to agree and once we had agreed on the color of the grout, we went ahead and tackled that project. We also added new hardware!

I absolutely love our kitchen and we did it with such a small budget! Of course once we decide to put more money in our kitchen we’ll get quartz countertops, and redo a lot more with the kitchen (maybe even new cabinets!). For now, this kitchen functions how it should and I enjoy cooking in it – which I believe is what’s most important!

Here is a before and after!


Old Kitchen



Of course these angles are different, but the progress can clearly be seen! 🙂