We have kitchen progress!
Man, if I could only explain exactly what it took to get to this point, you’d probably leave with a migraine. But! Before we dive into the details, let’s take a minute and admire our kitchen so far!
I never anticipated that painting the lower cabinets would cause so much drama. If you remember the last I mentioned our kitchen, all cabinets were white (like the uppers), the counters were still just the plywood supports, the sink had just been installed, hardware was missing, light fixtures were missing, and the back splash was non-existent. So much progress has happened since! What’s crazy is, the majority of these beautifying things happened over just a weekend. (sorry for all the iPhone photos!)
Our counters were installed and almost immediately the cabinets were painted.
And everything was starting to look beautiful! We could see the light at the end of the tunnel, and were stoked we’d soon have a kitchen again!
What’s all this the drama about the cabinets, you’re wondering? WELL. First off, I can’t even explain how this decision was made, but somehow the painter (and presumed professional painter) painted our cabinets with flat interior wall paint. Our contractor said, “I have an account at Sherwin Williams, go pick out your paint color”, which I did, and chose SW Cyperspace. I explained how I do not want sheen on the cabinets. Obviously I’m not a professional, so I would expect that a professional painter would say “well, we can’t do flat because it will be impossible to clean, finger prints will be permanent stains” etc etc. If he had made any mention of this I would have said ‘OK, what’s the lowest sheen we can go that we can keep clean. Oh, Satin? Let’s to it then!’ but no, somehow he just selected a paint completely unsuitable for kitchen cabinets and went ahead and painted the cabinets. We were none the wiser until about 3 days later when they came over to install the drawers and doors. They picked the cabinets off of the cardboard where they were drying and the paint started peeling off. Literally, peeling off! We found out they didn’t use primer either. Seriously?! I’m not a professional painter and even I know primer is a must, especially on surfaces that have an existing finish!
I was pretty peeved after this. The foreman tried to say that paint was what we wanted. LOLs right? So they had to scrape off ALL the paint and start again. This time they chose a high traffic, extremely durable paint called DuraPoxy Premium Interior Enamel from Kelly Moore. They also primed first, thank God.The above photo was after they painted the second round, and installed the hardware. Go ahead and laugh, the cabinet knobs are upside down lol! Simultaneously, when the hardware was being installed, the tile guy was installing our backsplash. I could kiss the tile guy. He was SO precise and SO methodical. I was super impressed with his work.
Here’s that close-up of our back splash, and our cabinets, and our delicious hardware!
As I’m sure you can guess, our kitchen is done (besides the floors). Even though there have been bumps in the road during this remodel, we are beyond happy with the end result of our kitchen. We haven’t fully moved back into our kitchen yet, I mean, I want those cabinets to cure! And of course, I can’t wait to show you proper after-photos. Soon, very soon!
Get caught up on the remodel!
- We’re finally remodeling our kitchen & living room!
- The wall is gone and the beam is in!
- The kitchen take-down
- 5 kitchens influencing our design
- Countertops & 3D rendering of our plans
- Walls are up, floors are bare
- Cabinets installed!