Wednesday, December 14, 2016

kitchen cabinet makeover

Unlike a lot of apartments we looked at, our current place had a few kitchen cabinets already in it. Often times, places here come with a kitchen completely empty, and it's up to the owner/renter to install cabinets, shelves, and counter tops, and then to take them down when they leave. When I moved into our apartment in Rennes, it had a sink and the two cabinets under the sink, and that was it. It was up to us to add some shelves, and counter tops. We were kind of expecting to do that again, but to our surprise, this kitchen (of our current apartment) had some cabinets already installed. They were just a bit outdated. 

I saw lots of potential! And they don't look so bad, but what you can't see is the grease, dirt and grime caked all over. It also made the whole room look dark. I whispered to Joel that "if we got the place, I would loooooove to repaint the kitchen cabinets!" though I had no idea if we would be allowed to, or if the owner would agree to it. 

As if to read my mind, the man from the agency who was showing us the apartment said, "we encouraged the owner to change the kitchen cabinets, as they are old and outdated, but he didn't want to. But if you like to paint and are motivated to do so, he would be willing to let you repaint and to pay for it." I was so excited! Not just at the prospect of having a brighter kitchen and that he would pay for it, but who doesn't love a good diy makeovers! :) 

It was a looooooong process. I of course started out by texting my dear friend Molly, who repainted all of her kitchen cabinets a year (or 2? 3?) ago, just for moral support. She assured me that painting them white was going to make a world of difference, and to keep persevering as I put on coat 4.

We also had a HUGE help from our friends who live in the south of France, and drove 3 hours to come and help us move. They were so wonderful and did so much in 24 hours! 

We started by taking everything off: hinges, handles, doors, etc. and sanded everything really well, and used a degreaser to get the gross stuff off. 

For the painting, we did a coat of primer on both sides, and around the frames of the cabinets, and then 3 coats of paint. That's what took so long -- having to wait in between each coat of one side to dry, and then flipping it over, to do the other side. 

We really liked the white as it was going on, and it brightened up the kitchen so much! 

We spray painted the door handles and hinges and then it was almost time to put everything back together! I couldn't wait!

We are really happy with how it turned out, and it definitely provides a lot more light and an updated look to our little kitchen! 

We also added a counter top and a few drawers on the left side. What do you think? 

Isn't it funny how we have our washing machine right next to our sink? There aren't any other water hookups in the rest of the apartment, so it has to go there. Mom thought I should just try and put dishes in it -- use it as a clothes washer and dish washer. :) We haven't tried that yet. 

We really like the details on the wood, and they seem to be more noticeable in white. 

Do you see that tan, orange and green book by my brown recipe box? It's the Wiebe Family Cookbook, and I'd be happy to tell you more about where you can get your own copy! There is an amazing Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe by my awesome cousin Amy. I made it last night and was hoping for some leftovers today, but... my hubby really liked it and finished it! :) 


The Mahoney's said...

It looks beautiful! Great job!

Mel said...

That looks great!! You really made the space come together and feel homey :-)