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Last time I checked in with you guys on the Florida house, I was just sharing a bunch of before pictures. We’ve been working our tails off updating things here and there in between decorating for Christmas and wrangling two little ones. I wanted to give you a kitchen update because we’ve made a lot of changes in this space!
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From the very beginning, the kitchen was my biggest struggle. I didn’t care for the galley style and then there was that awkward drive thru window (see before photo). I played around with many ideas when it came to updating the kitchen space. We tossed around the idea of ripping out the wall separating the living area from the kitchen, and creating a large island instead. When we looked at the numbers and what made sense for our family, the option we came up with was to create a larger opening from the existing one, and paint kitchen cabinets to give them a fresher look. Because we decided to keep the existing cabinets, we had a little more money in our budget to do other updates like floors and countertops.
Keeping the existing cabinets meant we had to paint them. We’ve painted kitchen cabinets before so we know exactly how time-consuming the project could be. I knew that spraying the cabinets would be a total time saver and with two little ones – anywhere we can save on time (especially around the holidays) is a huge bonus.
Step one, in the kitchen update was selecting a paint color. I love the Behr Marquee formula and have used it on all of our walls so I knew that it had great coverage. I tried out a few colors and I ended up selecting a paint color called Still Gray by Behr and had it mixed into the Marquee line formula. Picking a good paint is a huge time saver. Since our paint had great coverage, we didn’t have to prime and were able to just paint the kitchen cabinets.
Preparing the cabinets for paint was the most time-consuming part. First, we cleaned the cabinets thoroughly using a product called Murphy’s Oil. Then, we gave them a good sand. The wood grain was really deep on our cabinets so we opted to fill the grain using spackling before painting. This DAP Drydex spackling is what we used.
In this photo, you can see how nicely the spackle fills into the grain. After the spackle dried, we sanded again. Then wiped the cabinets down thoroughly to remove any remaining dust or particles. At this point, we were finally ready for painting kitchen cabinets!
Since we couldn’t avoid spending loads of time sanding and sanding some more it was a relief to know that the actual painting process would be a breeze. To avoid spraying grass gray, I used this Spray Shelter from HomeRight.
It pops up really fast and keeps the paint from going all over the place. We laid down some painters plastic and were ready to go.
We followed the directions to our HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer and went to town painting our cabinets.
Spraying the kitchen cabinets was a total timesaver. It took just a few hours for my husband to breeze through 16 cabinet doors.
I’m a bit obsessed but I think the color came out fabulous and look at how smooth those cabinets are!
You might notice a couple other updates in this space as well. Since we saved so much on painting the cabinets we went ahead and splurged on Quartz countertops.
The countertops really brighten up the space and allow for the perfect contrast with our freshly painted gray cabinets.
The other update that makes a huge impact was our expanding the opening from the kitchen to the living space. We almost doubled the opening and by doing that it allowed us to even create a small breakfast bar which you can see here.
And because we were already replacing the countertops I figured let’s go ahead and replace the sink and faucet. I am so happy to have a HUGE single bowl sink. I mean, all of my dishwashing dreams have come true with this big sink.
Okay so here’s a quick recap of what we’ve done so far in the kitchen:
Paint Walls – Behr Marquee Crisp Linen c/o Behr
Replace Floors – Allen + Roth Toasted Chestnut Laminate
Replace Countertops – Quartz Viatera Celeste
Replace Faucet – Moen Indi Faucet
Paint Cabinets – Behr Still Gray
Enlarge existing opening
Create breakfast bar
still need plan to do:
Replace light fixture
Replace door casing from kitchen to dining room
Replace pantry door
Install new backsplash
Install new corbels for breakfast bar
Update: the project is now complete! Check out the full kitchen reveal!