Our home was a custom build in the mid 1980s and our kitchen shows it. It's a well built space, but it's dark, outdated and not inspiring. Since we moved in 3 years ago, we've had dreams of building our dream kitchen. BUT we're too impatient to wait until we can build that kid of a budget and since I always need a home project we have chosen to save money and DIY.
We started a few weeks back by removing a built in desk space (where the garbage cans are now) and it felt so good to open it up a bit. Then we were talking about if we should paint the cabinets, have them replaced or refaced. We received a quote for refacing and that came back at $14,000 - no way. Keep in mind that was only for our lower cabinets and a wall cabinet by the refrigerator... Really.
We moved on and since our cabinets are in good condition, we decided to paint them. Painting them scared me. If they came out awful, would we have to replace them? Suck it up and have them refaced? We did more research, stocked up on supplies and went for it.
We're on Day 5 of the painting process, (will def share!) and it's looking pretty good. The color has gone from a dark wood stain to a creamy bright white and will be done by the weekend. Yay!
There's still a long way to go though. With the help from our friend John (The Renaissance Dad), we'll be doing the work ourselves with exception to the new countertops. The current one is a laminate that's cracking all over the edges. It'll be replaced with a white honed Caesarstone (our biggest spend on the project) and it will change the space completely.
More details to come, I hope you'll follow along!