Monday, October 4, 2010

Makeover Monday!

Let me start by saying, I won't be winning any photography awards anytime soon. I can wield a paint brush like no bodies business, or in this case I can sand like there is no tomorrow but ask me to highlight a beautiful job through photos and well... GOOD LUCK with that one!


Day one of the MIL's kitchen reno......

  
                                  

and I forgot my camera.   If that wasn't bad enough, I didn't even remember to use my cell phone...



until AFTER we started removing cabinet doors!?!

Not off to a good start!

As you can see from the little photos I do have,


The cabinets were really quite dated and dark.


It was definitely time for a makeover!

First step,


Sanding, followed by...


more sanding. You may be asking why some of the cabinets look like we painted them white and then tried sanding back down to nothing. Well, we (and by "we" I mean my MIL and her sister) got a little impatient waiting for Mr. and Mrs. Treasures and decided to tackle the top coat themselves.

Hence the reason we had to re sand. Smiling right now, really!!

After the sanding was done, it was time for a top coat...



of Swiss Coffee for the uppers and....


a "celery" shade of green for the base.
(can't remember the name of paint)

Followed by a little glaze...


and a little more sanding...


Then it was finally time to put it all back together!!

Now, I really wanted to photograph the entire kitchen without my flash but....


the lighting just wasn't cooperating and it looked like a blurry mess.

Remember, no photography awards here.

So, as much as I didn't want to use the flash,
 it was the only way you were going to actually see the makeover.

Please keep in mind that the cupboards appear MUCH brighter than they do in real life and some of the glaze isn't photographing well.

In real life the kitchen is much softer, muted and well, just plain perfect!

Even if I do say so myself!






Originally, my MIL wanted to have glass fronts on all of her cupboards, as much as I love them, I talked her out of it.  She just didn't have enough coordinating dishes and she tends to use a lot of accessories so I was worried it would look really cluttered.

Instead I talked her into removing the door from one cabinet that stands all alone by the sink...


Her coffee pot sits right below so I thought it'd make a great coffee bar.

I also talked her into leaving off the doors to the top portion of her pantry.
This way she could have another display spot.


Now only the top two are supposed to be exposed.
You see, when I said- we made it in time, I wasn't being completely honest.

While I was snapping these photos for today's post....



Poor Mr. Treasures was off to my right working on the pantry doors!

We are ooooh soooo close!!!

I just couldn't stand to wait another week to show you!

Angie



12 comments:

Kristin said...

I just love it! It's so fresh and bright looking now!

Debbie said...

You go girl....they look fantastic! Oh what hard work that was....OYYYY!!~

scrapwordsmom said...

Great job!!!

Trish said...

you my friend...are just amazing!

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

They look great Ang!

Lissa said...

what a lot of work Angie! But it looks so fabulous. It's hard to believe it's the same kitchen!

Room to Inspire said...

Wow, you have been busy! It looks great and I am sure she is just thrilled!

Chelsea

Renee Finberg said...

you are amazing!!!!
it is coming along nicely.

xxx hugs

Shawn Seay said...

We painted our kitchen cabinets black a couple of years ago. I am ready for a change, but don't have the time to get it done right now. Lovely job!!!

Leanne said...

That is so cool ... I just love this. I wish I had the courage to do something like this. It totally brightens up the place, and I love it. Fantastic job, treasure family!!!

Erin said...

I painted my cabinets very similar (creamy white on top, sagey green on bottom)!!!

I've had distressing on the to do list...but we'll see if/when that ever happens. I need to paint the insides first! ;)

http://wherebeautymeetsfunction.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-kitchen.html

It turned out great!! (But I might be partial). LOL

Zondra Art said...

beautiful makeover!!!

Big kisses from Croatia.

Zondra Art