Kitchen Makeover- Progress So Far | Occasionally Crafty: Kitchen Makeover- Progress So Far

Wednesday, October 21

Kitchen Makeover- Progress So Far

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I'm in the midst of a kitchen makeover.
Now that my kids are all in school, I decided- might as well spend all my time making over my kitchen!  It's so much better than doing laundry or cleaning!
First up, I painted the walls.  They all needed a fresh coat of paint, and I decided this old red wall had to go. I knew I would staining the cabinets dark, which meant the walls needed to be light.
By the way- this is a picture from 2010.  Since then, we have put in a french double door and some of the decor has changed.  But pretty much everything else is the same as this picture.
We don't have really have much money to put into a remodel, but after ten years of living here, I'm willing to put in the work to give it a facelift.  Plus, we are planning on moving in the next year or two, so anything I do will help bring more appeal for a new buyer.
So my first step was to paint all my walls a very, very light griege called Asiago, generously provided  to me by Valspar.  It is one of those colors that can look gray or beige depending on what surrounds it.  I'm still deciding if I want to stay with it or go a shade darker.  

I had to cover the red wall with a coat of Valspar's All-Purpose Primer and Sealer.  That stuff is awesome!  It covered the red thoroughly so that I could paint a light color right on top.  Use this in your next cover job- you won't be disappointed!
But, the other huge thing I am doing is staining all my kitchen cabinets using Java Gel Stain by General Finishes.  This is a massive project that is going to take me awhile.  Each cabinet needs three coats of stain and three coats of poly- plus drying time.  
So I am working in stages.  So far I've completed the counter that looks out towards the living room, and I LOVE it.  It is going to totally transform my kitchen when I'm done.

We also replaced our old black hood with a white one to match our appliances.  Nothing fancy- but at least now they match.
Still to do:
  • Finish staining cabinets
  • Add hardware
  • Paint pantry doors (one broke and the new one is a different color!)
  • New window treatment
  • New kitchen accessories
  • Paint "gather" sign to hang over window
  • Refinish kitchen table and chairs

This picture shows our mismatched doors- and gives a better idea of the paint color on the walls.

Whew!  We still have a long way to go.  My goal is to be finished by Thanksgiving.  I've got a month!  Wish me luck!

Opinions needed:  what accent colors would you use with the java cabinets and neutral walls?
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