This is not a fancy kitchen re-do with all the bells and whistles.
But it is a pretty neat transformation of our kitchen cupboards.
And it's about the time and care that my talented husband put into making them into just exactly what I wanted.
A long before shot of our kitchen.
We moved into our cottage 6 years ago.
The previous owners had replaced the flooring, counter-tops and appliances the previous year.
We had added new knobs and pulls to the doors. We replaced light fixtures, added a new back splash, kitchen faucet and painted.
However the cathedral style doors didn't really fit with our cottage style kitchen.
And in spite of all the windows,it could still be dark in here.
A view of our kitchen today.
I still smile when I go in there because it's so bright and cheery now.
My husband Dan removed every cupboard door and drawer this summer.
He used his planer to smooth out the cupboard door raised cathedral design.
For some of the larger doors he used his sander.
Then he built a new frame around each cupboard door and then he added the wainscoting.
We purchased two sheets of the wainscoting for a total of about $48.00.
He was able to precisely cut out a piece and then attach it inside the new door frame he had built. Right over the old cupboard doors, same cupboard doors, brand new look.
Then he primed, painted and added several coats of polyurethane to each door and drawer.
He spray painted the existing hinges black and we added new hardware that we purchased online at a much better deal than we could find elsewhere.
I made a new curtain for above the sink.
I wanted white ball and fringe curtains like those sold at Country Curtains.
However, I could make it for a lot less and it was very simple.
I found the ball and fringe on sale and the material is extra wide cotton curtain material.
Cost at Country Curtains: about $60 .
My cost about $12 and a half hour or so of my time.
Another close-up view.
The color of the paint is vanilla custard and is from Sherman Williams.
We bought the best quality they had. Skimping on paint is just not worth it.
A different angle.
It's not the easiest kitchen to take pictures in.
He also painted the paneling in here.
Another before view.
Dan worked endless hours on these cupboards, they truly are a labor of love.
And for the total cost:
For the paint, wainscoting, new hardware etc. only about $150.
The biggest savings was to search hard for a deal on the hardware.
In the store our drawer pulls alone were about $7 each.
We found them online for $2.75 each.
It really does pay to shop around.
Thanks for coming by and letting me share my kitchen cupboard transformation with you.
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