So, I am really excited about this post, mainly because it has to do with my kitchen. I do think I would be this exited if it were anyone’s kitchen renovation. I just love kitchens!
When E and I first walked through this space, we loved the layout of the kitchen/dining area and felt that it really suited our needs. The kitchen cabinets were made of a good quality material and did not have any chips or any obvious damage whatsoever. The only thing I did not love was the color.
This particular shade of light brown is found in almost every single NYC apartment from the Bronx to Brooklyn. It must be the most affordable color when constructing apartment kitchens and after living in quite a few apartments, I really really REALLY did not want to see it in my own home.
Instead of overhauling the entire kitchen, we decided to make the changes one step at a time. It isn’t necessary to change the kitchen cabinets (they are in good shape) and right now we would like to spend our limited funds elsewhere…charcoal grill perhaps? For the most part, I am the only one that cooks so I really would like to be in a space that I find pretty, modern and clean looking. For that reason we decided to paint our cabinets white! Not really surprising anyone I am sure.
The process so far has been pretty simple actually, helped by the fact that we do not have a lot of cabinet fronts to change. It began this past weekend; I deglossed the cabinet fronts and frames with Klean Strip deglosser which at less than $15 dollars was pretty affordable. I also purchased one gallon of Behr’s Ultra Primer and Paint in semi-gloss to add a little bit of sheen to the cabinets and to make it easy in the future to wipe them down. I hope!
The process itself has not been as time-consuming as I expected. E removed each door and removed the hinges and screws which I placed in labeled bags. Our dining room table had to be covered with a plastic cover to allow us to spread out to dry the cabinet fronts.
The whole process will take two full days (we are fully in day one) and of course will only address the cabinets. We are still going to live for a little while longer with the green countertops, the black sink and black appliances that are starting to conk out on us. Here are some progress pictures of the space so far. I will be back later this week with another update!