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Budget DIY Kitchen Redo - Part 1, Cabinet Refinishing

I was tired of looking at our plain old kitchen, with its 90's oak kitchen cabinets and green laminate counter tops with faux wood trim. I have been wanting a French Country kitchen for quite some time and decided that now is the time to do something about it!

I began the project by painting and glazing the cabinets. The photo to the left shows one of the cabinets before the makeover. After removing the hardware, I washed them down with detergent and water. After allowing them to dry, I lightly sanded them with a 150-grit sanding block, wiping afterward with a tack cloth. After taping off nearby areas to protect them, I gave the cabinets two coats of Behr Ivory Eggshell Enamel Ultra Premium Plus Interior Paint as a base.

After the last coat on the cabinets had dried, I lightly sanded the edges, then began applying the glaze with a brush. It seemed a bit too dark, so I added some of the base color to it. After applying the glaze to the cabinets in sections, I rubbed it off with a rag, then randomly dry-brushed some of the base coat over it in spots to soften the effect.

This is what the finish looks like close up. I am very pleased with the result.

Now that the cabinets are done, I can move on to the rest of the projects.
Keep in mind this kitchen redo is definitely being done on a tight budget. I have ordered some new oil rubbed bronze hardware for the cabinets, which are pictured below. I am waiting for them to arrive.

Here are some of the other finishes I have chosen for the kitchen. I am considering antiquing these inexpensive copper backsplash tiles, so they look similar to the photo on the right. I am going to try it on one tile first, to see how it looks. The beadboard, which is actually paintable wallpaper, will be used on the front of the breakfast bar. I will add two corbels beneath the counter, one on each side, after applying the wallpaper. The beadboard wallpaper and the corbels will be painted and glazed to match the cabinets. I have also ordered some new faux painting products to achieve the look of some of the additional finishes I would like in the kitchen.

Be sure to check back here in the coming days for photos of the progress of the kitchen redo.

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