Sunday, January 10, 2010

DIY Cabinet staining

Well, for the past few weeks Josh and I have been trying to bring our kitchen from the early present day.

The walls started out very beige. And I mean beige, no color anywhere! Which I guess gave us a blank slate to work from, so I can't complain. The cabinets were just a classic oak color, not horrific by any means, but just boring. Like the new times roman of cabinetry.

We knew they had potential for greatness.

So we got to work.

We started by painting the walls a light brown color and then we added the chalkboard wall to the pantry.

Then, we decided it was time for some cabinet staining. We were excited because staining cabinets is super cheap and it makes a big difference. All we bought were a few paintbrushes and some stain. The handles is where it can get pricey - but even so, this whole project cost less than $75.

Now things aren't perfect, but it looks much better than before!

We're also in the process of deciding on a cute backsplash. I found this backsplash tile piece at home depot that looks like an old school ceiling panel, which I just think is so cute and we love the look of the silver. Hopefully we will finish the backsplash shortly, but for now I just have part it propped up on our super old, can't-wait-to-get-a-new-one stove:)

Here is the kitchen before:

Here it is after -

with stain and new handles



Here's another view...

Here's a close-up of the handles and me clearly demonstrating the ease of opening them....

So, little by little things are coming together. I am obsessed with design blogs lately and hopefully we will make some more cute updates as the ideas come, but things take time and we are thankful for a house to work on.

Alright, this post is not one bit witty and I am sorry. But, I wanted to get these pics up:)


  1. Linny, what an amazing difference! Who would have thought a little stain and new handles could take it such a long way :) I'm impressed!!

  2. not witty?? "Like the new times roman of cabinetry"?? oh, you're so meek, lindsey. so proverbs 31.

  3. LOVE them! I totally almost bought those faux tin tiles for a backsplash too - so pretty! :)

  4. I'm going to have to come see your house because it seems like you are a really good decorator! I have a really hard time branching out from browns and tans....


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