Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rachel's Kitchen Makeover

Welcome to Rachel's updated kitchen. 
 We finished this redecorating
project a few weeks ago, but I wanted to make sure and
show you an inexpensive way to update the kitchen.
The oak cabinets
were in good condition, but lacking in interest and dated.

We decided to paint them rather than replace them.

The hardware was updated with brushed nickel.

She also chose  a granite counter.  Such a great alternative
in today's economy.

My husband's business, Whitewater did the granite
countertops and sink.

Rachel had already replaced the refrigerator, but we ran a new gas
line and added a gas stove top, and a new single stainless steel

The island was painted an espresso brown and
lightly antiqued also.

The new color just has a softer more updated

Her son Cameron removed all of
the doors, rolled on a primer coat with a sponge
roller (using a brush in the creases),
then rolled on 2 coats of Antique White
Milk Paint.  Then using a Black and Decker electric
detail sander, the edges were sanded and a few areas
where normal wear and tear would take place.
Two coats of sealer finished the job.
( We tried an espresso glaze, but decided we liked
it better without.)

The entire painting was done in three days.

A fantastic makeover for very little money.

Of course, the danger to any remodel or redecorating
 is that then you have to do other rooms too!
  (But look how nice the living room and entry are now.)

I will be posting this with


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  1. I have seen the before. What you have do looks great! So fun. Rachel is lucky to have your help. BEAUTIFUL!!

  2. What a beautiful kitchen. I love the nickle hardware and softness you added. What kind of milk paint do you like to use? I am ready to paint some interior nook French shutters and would appreciate your advice.

  3. Rachel's kitchen is beautiful, you guys did a great job:@)

  4. Breat job! You two did a terrific job as the kitchen looks beautiful! We went through a big job with a total remodeling of our kitchen, but now I love it! So, great girls!

  5. Nice to have help,when I painted my cabinets by myself it took six weeks.

  6. Oh my goodness, such a transformation. It looks fabulous. Love the white cabinets and the counters are stunning. Hugs, Marty

  7. The cabinets look awesome! They look like brand new. Amazing what some pant and elbow grease can do. LOVE the countertops and gas cooktop :)

  8. It's amazing what creativity can do:) It looks great..wonderful photos..and how lucky is she to have you and your hubby:)

  9. Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog...I have followed you back to yours. What a great kitchen! All the choices are very timeless and lovely. Well done! I'm starting a small kitchen reno soon and seeing this makes me ready to get started...hope your week is great. ~Ann

  10. What a wonderful job and it looks so upscale. Loved the countertops.

  11. Fabulous makeover! Absolutely gorgeous!

  12. Rachel's kitchen makeover is amazing! I love what you did with the cabinets, and those granite countertops are gorgeous!


  13. I love this! Your kitchen is so beautiful! Love the painted cabinets and everything is just gorgeous.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. The kitchen looks fantastic. I love white kitchen cupboards so it is not surprise I loved this one. I painted mine last summer and have loved my kitchen since then.

  15. I love it! I'm sure she is as thrilled with the granite as I am with mine. I just wish I'd done it sooner. There must be something about a "new" kitchen that cries out for a container with lemons!!

  16. Gorgeous transformation!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. Here is the link:

  17. Great transformation! I love the light distressed look--perfect!

  18. Your friend is lucky to have your help. Looks great!

  19. hmmm.. Granite counter tops you say? They look great in the combo you made there. Actually... I'm a bit envious that your friend got your priceless advice and help! sigh

    We're thinking about wood counter tops (we're having wood floors also so it should match, somewhat) but I admit I'll miss the temporary island I have now which has granite tops... I always thought granite tops were "colder" than the wood ones! What's your experience with the wood ones?

  20. First of all you have such a talented husband. Gorgeous counters. This is such a lovely, sensible makeover. The upgrades are sooo smart -- stove top and the big sink. I just love this one and so appreciate you stopping by to see our bedroom redo ideas. Jane F.

  21. Hi, What a great job. We have been considering changing our oak also. You have inspired me.

  22. This looks so great! Help I need a bathroom redo! I love the milk paint -- it is just so bright and fresh! Joni

  23. The cabinets look wonderful! And the granite is just perfect with the new color! Gorgeous transformation! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Wow just so gorgeous!!! I love the cabinets & your husband is very talented too!!!

  25. It looks fabulous! You all did a fantastic job!

  26. I LOVE these kinds of makeovers! Some imagination, elbow grease and a small budget and voila, the results are FABULOUS!

  27. Just beautiful! I can't believe her son completed all that in 3 days ~ superman. :-) Everything looks so nice.


  28. Wow fabulous job! Beautiful kitchen!!

    Miss Bloomers

  29. What a gorgeous transformation. I'd so love to redo my kitchen.

  30. its just beautiful!!!! I love all of it!

  31. Your new kitchen is beautiful. Love the new paint job, and the granite too.

  32. You did a beautiful job on the kitchen, painting the cabinets totally transformed it, I'm your newest follower.

  33. Love it! What a beautiful job and it really updated and refreshed the kitchen. The other rooms look pretty good, too!

  34. Good morning Jacqueline~
    What an absolutely charming kitchen remodel! Love the cupboards painted and the new hardware is perfect. Of course the granite is gorgeous too!! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  35. It does look beautiful; you both did a great job!!!! Gorgeous!

  36. What primer and milk paint did you use? Love the look. I have golden oak cabinets and for sally want to renovate. This really inspired me!


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