Kitchen Cabinet Transformation

“It is only natural to feel anxiety when circumstances are larger than a man’s ability to manage them. I learned this during the war, just as I learned that the only cure for such feelings is action. A man might not always be able to do all he must, but he can do something.” – The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss

About a month ago, I was feeling really stressed and overwhelmed with life.

What do normal people do when they are stressed?  Maybe relax, watch some TV, get good sleep, maybe get a massage, read a good book?

I really don’t know because that’s not what I did!  Want to know what I decided to do at a time when I really couldn’t take anything else in my life?

I started a big, long home remodeling/redecorating project!  Makes perfect sense, right?!!!

So, for the last 5 weeks, I have been transforming my kitchen.  I decided awhile back that I wanted to paint my kitchen cabinets, and for some reason, I decided it was time to get that little (I mean HUGE) project done!  Here’s a picture of the way my kitchen cabinets looked before this project.  There’s nothing wrong with them at all, they just seemed really boring to me!!  This girl needed some color!

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My mom had told me about chalky paint, so I did some research and thought that would be the stuff I wanted.  You’re supposed to be able to go ahead and paint with no prep work.  Sounded good to me!  I like to go for the easiest, least time-consuming option!  But when I went to Home Depot to get some, I found that the stuff comes in 8 oz. cans!!!!  8 oz.!!!  That’s like nothing!  A few swipes with that stuff, and I’d be out and back at Home Depot!  I asked the guy at the counter if they had any bigger cans.  He said the 8 oz. cans were all they had.

Well, that ruined my plan completely!  So I stood there just looking at the guy wracking my brain about what I was going to do next.  The guy obviously saw that I was in a panic and my mind was racing, and he jumped at the chance to help me out before I went ballistic in the aisle or started crying!  So, he told me about Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformation kit.  I checked it out and then had to leave to think about it for a few days.  I really needed to make sure that was exactly what I wanted since my previous plan of chalky paint had gone by the wayside.  I’m not one for spontaneous purchases, so I had to take time to think about it and do more research.  I finally decided to go ahead with the kit and returned to buy it.  I decided to go with the Meadow color since I was wanting my cabinets to end up a green color.

photo 2 (7)This kit comes with all of the stuff you need to work on your cabinets.  A deglosser, scrubbing pads, paint, a glaze, glazing cloths, stirring sticks, etc.  So I went to work taking cabinet doors off. cleaning them and starting the deglossing process.

The paint that I used was a light blue color.  I wanted my cabinets to be green (the glazing process turns it green), but I absolutely loved the blue color!  I was tempted to go ahead and keep it all blue because the color was so great!  But I decided to finish thing out and make it what I had originally intended it to be.

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After you paint 2 coats on everything and both sides of the cabinet doors, you then apply the glaze.  This felt like art to me and was pretty fun!  It gives the doors/surfaces a rustic look that is awesome!

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So, after 5 weeks of working pretty much every night after my kids went to bed and quite a bit on the weekends too, I am FINISHED!!!  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have it done!  I won’t know what to do with myself with all my free time in the evenings now!  I’ve decided since it’s the first week of summer, I may need to watch some movies while working on some crochet projects.  Then maybe after a week, I’ll be ready for some other project around the house!

Here is the finished product!  Chris wasn’t sure about this project when I told him what I wanted to do, but he loves it too!  Yay!!

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And just for fun, here’s the before and after together!

photo (44)This project is one that I wanted to complete this year as a member of the 30 Days of Hustle group.

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