Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Tutorial



AFTER MAKEOVER

Nice cabinetry, but I wanted to personalize my kitchen in my eclectic style of shabby, country french, rustic chic country. Is there such a style?  Yep there is, that's the wonderful world of DIY you get to make it your own style.  Most of my DIY projects are not conventional, and this kitchen project was no exception.  I hope you will enjoy my approach to the look, feel and budget of my cabinet makeover project.

Step One
I wanted country style beadboard cabinets.  But since I was doing my project by myself and keeping within a budget the purchase of wooden beadboard and the logistics of installing it were not an option for me. Instead I opted to use a 3-dimensional paintable prepasted wallpaper that resembles actual beadboard.  In my area of the country (AZ) it is available at Lowes. It costs about $22 for a roll made by Allen & Roth. The roll did a combo of 14 fronts and I had some left over (yeah another project). Gather your tools:  Wallpaper, wall paper paste, cutting tools: box cutter, scissors, straight edge (T-square) (yd stick), measuring tape, damp cloth, you may also need a sewing needle to remove any air bubbles if you happen to get some. Paintable caulking. Primer paint (I love Kilz products), cabinet paint, for kitchens I prefer a semi-gloss.






Step Two
Thoroughly clean & degrease your cabinets. A good product for this is EZ Pour Super Clean.  It is a tough task cleaner degrease.  It is concentrated and comes in a purple plastic 1 gal size jug.  It is available at WalMart.  I used 100-150 grit sandpaper and a sanding block.

Step Three
Measure the front area of cabinet and allow salvages of at least 2" on 2 sides.  By doing this you can
slide in one side of the paper and have the top or bottom and one side square and then cut away the other 2 sides.
Even though the wall paper is prepasted (follow manufactures instructions) I like to add a bit more to the surface before applying the prepasted paper.  I like the security of the extra adhesion. Since your working with straight lines you can use your square and a level to get the beadboard paper square.
Make sure to center the center of the beadboard paper so the beadboard rungs will be equal as they fall away from the center: example 2" rung on a 14" front would be   1" 2" 2" 2" 2" 2" 2" 1". When setting the beadboard paper, lightly, from the center, smooth the paper out to the edges. Use your soft damp cloth with a light touch to squeegee. The paper will still be a bit slippery at this stage so be careful to keep it square.  If it gets a little off, about 1/4" don't worry because you can caulk it later and know one will ever know.





















Step Four
Let the beadboard completely dry.  If you need to, this is the time you will caulk. Personally I like to caulk it whether there is a space or  not.  It just seems to make the door and edges more cohesive. Some people are afraid of caulking.  With a little practice you will be caulking like a pro.   My tips for caulking are:
**You can use tube caulking or if your more experienced caulk and caulking gun. **If you use caulk tube be sure to cut tip at an angle (about 45 degrees) it's better to cut the tip off a little short. You can always cut more of the tip if you need to. ** Hold at an angle when applying. **Use steady pressure.
**Once you've caulked your line you can dampen your index or middle finger in water and drag it across to smooth out the bead of caulking. If you get way to much caulk on, you will need to wipe off with a damp cloth. **Don't use to much water. **A small line (bead) of caulking works best with beadboard otherwise it will spill into the rung lines. Those edges will show up more with glossy paint. **Practice with a piece of wallpaper pasted to cardboard leaving an open edge to bead.



Step Five
Apply primer, sand lightly if needed before applying paint. If you sand, make sure to use a damp cloth to remove dust before painting.
You can brush your paint on, or you can spray paint.  After paint drys you can personalize even further by antiquing or glazing.  I didn't do that on this project.  I just wanted a soft sheen almond color. You can also use kits like "Rust-olem".   I'm not fond of that particular kit.  For me the paint was very thin almost water consistency.  I returned the kit and used kilz primer, and a semi-gloss paint..






Step Six
Adding hardware is optional.  But for me it tied in the country look I was going for.  If your lucky enough to live near a "Hobby Lobby" they carry knobs and pulls of all kinds and they are always 50% off.....yippee yeah!!!

Check out sneak peek for more of my upcoming tutorials on DIY's and my trip to Paris!

86 comments:

  1. oh my gosh I love love love it!!!!!!! you're amazing.

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  2. WOW where was this when I was doing my cabinets??? I have to go get some of that paper!

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  3. Absolutly beautiful! Your counter top is amazing. Looks like a cozy room to be in. Thank you for sharing.
    Debi

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  4. My mouth is hanging open!! You did an AMAZING job at that redo!!! Wow...now THAT"S the way to redo a kitchen! Just knowing that beadboard wallpaper exists opens up a whole new world to me, but seeing that used for the cabinets...well just amazing!
    So glad you did that tutorial!
    Great job!
    Doni

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  5. Great makeover! I really love what you did with the cabinets..

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  6. very nice and simple! Your kitchen looks good and expensive. I will share this post to all my friends so that they can see your kitchen cabinets and make them inspired on your work. Anyway, you can also read available information about Kitchen Cabinets, just Browse Here!

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  7. What will you use to revome it?
    I am moving to a new apartment. And of course I can't paint the cabinets or do something to it. I came across this amazing idea. But since I am renting, when I get to leave I must leave cabinets as I found them. How will you remove this? Without damaging the wood?

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  8. We just bought a home and the cabinets were in need of a facelift. I pinned this months back and decided to redo our cabinets this way because I loved this. We are just about done and it looks amazing! Thanks for the great idea.

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  9. Brittney Davis
    The finished product was great I was not able to you had used wall paper. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  10. I have been holding of for a year and a half on doing my bottom cabinets...I did the top ones and love them but I didn't want the bottom the same...This is going to be perfect...Tops are antique cream and I added a tirm with 3 lights at the top of the panel...This will be done with a deep red and antiqued ...It will make a lovely contrast...Thank you

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  11. Just wondering how the paper has held up now that you have been using it for a while. I am worried that in a family of 4 the paper might not hold up to use and cleaning?

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  12. I was wondering the same thing. I have used the wallpaper in the boys bathroom and on the back of my book shelves but I really wanted to know how well it would hold up on cabinets.

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  13. I am so glad I saw this on Pinterest! I had seen the beadboard wallpaper before and had wondered if it could be used on cabinets in this way. We are in the process of buying a house and the cabinets in the kitchen are exactly the same as what you started with. Now I'm excited!!

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  14. I used that paper on my guest bathroom walls...never thought about using on the cabinets! Very nice.

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  15. I can't tell you how much I love this project!! I would have never thought of something like this and it looks fantastic!!

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  16. You did an amazing job and just the idea and how it transform your kitchen. I came here from Pinterest and became a follower!

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  17. The beadboard you installed created a fine texture to your cabinet. And I really like how they turned out, because it ended up matching the color of your walls. That is one thing I always consider when thinking about repainting the cabinets. That way, every corner of the house seems well-coordinated. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. WOW! This is very very classy, charming and makes the space look completely different! I love it! I plan to use this material as a backsplash in our rental apartment kitchen. I think itll brighten up the dark space. Thank you for this post, I will be keeping it for reference for our DIY project! :)

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    1. How did this work as a backsplash? I was thinking about doing the same thing!!

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  19. This is a great idea! I am using it to remodel the walls in the bathroom as well as the cabinet fronts in my RV. I will let you know how it goes.

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  20. This is great but your area was square. I have those arched doors. How would you do those?

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  21. This is a great tutorial, but I'm begging you...please learn the difference between your and you're. And the difference between to and too.

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  22. Is it removable? I would love to do this in a rental.

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  23. This is exactly the look I was going for two years ago when we painted our kitchen. Our cabinet doors were not amenable because of a more rounderd corner. I wanted to add trim to them to square them up so the beadboard paper would have a frame but couldn't find the right moulding that woulnd't interfere with the 'vintage' sytle hinges I had purchased. You did a great job and I'm green with envy! I'll fnd a solution yet, I haven't given up on my country farmstyle kitchen!

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  24. Love it. I am so going to get this wallpaper and use for mud area. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  25. Love it. I am so going to get this wallpaper and use for mud area. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  26. So did you paint over the wall paper or did you just paint the trim? I would really love your input!

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    1. Yes, you do paint the wallpaper, I followed this tutorial for my cabinets and they turned out really good, and the wallpaper is easy to paint.

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  27. Thank you so much for this tutorial. We just bought a house with old style kitchen cabinets that were dark and just not my style. I added plywood strips around the edges to make a frame and then did the bead board wallpaper and painted them white. They look so good and completely transformed my kitchen!

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  28. I do a lot of woodworking... Designed and built my house and my kitchen cabinets... and I gotta tell you... This makes cabinet doors sooooooo much easier... this is brilliant !

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  33. What a wonderful outcome, congratulations! What did you use to change the countertop?

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  40. What color paint did you buy? And brand? I love that antique white look. Thanks!

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  41. Did you paint the insides too? Did you seal the paint as well?

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  42. Yes, what an awesome idea to makeover your cabinets. I would have never thought about adding wallpaper! Now, it's like the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing!
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  43. Valuable for information.. Is there any further reading you would recommend on this?

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  46. I love this! I originally had found this blog: http://www.elizabethburnsdesign.com/blog/2014/4/3/kitchen-cabinets-makeover-brooklyn-house where they have my exact plain cabinets and thought I would put the trim on to make them look more like Shaker cabinets. But when I found your blog, I was thrilled (I dearly love beadboard) and will now carry my makeover one step further to include your beadboard wallpaper. I'm almost ready to start on them and I know I will love them when I'm finished.

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    1. Omgoodness, love this idea...totally doing my kitchen cabinets ❤

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  48. Did you leave doors on hinges while painting?Did you paint the inside of cabinets?

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  49. Did you leave doors on hinges while painting?Did you paint the inside of cabinets?

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  50. I really like the way you change your kitchen cabinet look and style.Simply stunning. You may like to check White kitchen cabinet design ideas for your future kitchen remodeling tasks.

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  51. I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

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  52. How has the wall paper held up over time? Just wondering how durable it would be. Thank you.

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  56. Wow so beautiful.... I would like to know what kind of semi gloss paint was used for that job?? to be resistant : should special paint be use for cabinet? Thanks, Nicole

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