Kitchen Reveal 80s to Awesome

It is finally finished!! I can't believe the day is here.. my big KITCHEN REVEAL!  
And without further ado, here she is.....
Isn't it beautiful?  Not a speck of oak in sight! 
In case you forgot how horrific it was before, let's take a walk down memory lane.. Here is what the kitchen looked like when the house was built:
Then the previous owner replaced the awful white tile countertops with granite:
Here is what it looks like TODAY:



CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT IS THE SAME KITCHEN?!?!?!

Look at them side-by-side:
HOLY COW!

Here are a few of the details.  The backsplash (from Costco!):

The island:

The faucet:

Here is what I changed (and the posts with further details):
New Appliances (except for my Faux Stainless Trash Compactor)
New Cabinet Hardware
Stained Island Cabinets (
Painted Cabinets (Manchester Tan)
New Backsplash
Cabinet converted to open shelves
New Lighting
New faucet
Miscellaneous little details
I did 100% of the work myself.  Every drop of paint, every single tile, even the electrical and plumbing.  I am so proud of how it came out. 
I have been carefully recording all the costs as well.. and even after spending $2000 for new Bosch appliances the total still came to less than $3500 for the whole thing.   EVERYTHING.  To pay a contractor to do it, it would have easily been double that.  I promise I will write up a detailed budget breakdown in the future.  
I'm so thrilled with how it came out.  It is so different, and worth every penny!  It was just as satisfying than the previous kitchen renovation I did on the Money Pit 1.0.
 
 UPDATE: For the FAQs about this kitchen makeover please see this follow up post!

35 comments:

  1. Wow, fabulous transformation! Everytime I see one of these, I want to paint my cabinets... Sigh.

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  2. I was researching how to transform an old cabinet into an open bookshelf and ran across site. WOW! What a transformation! LOVE IT! But what is amazing is that you did it yourself. I also do my own work but have been terrified of tackling a big project like my kitchen. You are an inspiration. THANK YOU!

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  3. These look amazing. Did you use a satin or semi gloss paint and did you seal them with anything?

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  4. Wonderful work!

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  5. What method did you use for painting the cabinets? The link took me to some HTML code..... we want to paint ours but have heard mixed reviews on cabinet creations ..... thanks, looks great! June

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  6. Here is the link (I will update the post too.. thanks for pointing it out): http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2012/08/how-to-paint-your-kitchen-cabinets.html I am NOT a fan of cabinet transformations. In fact I am thinking of doing an entire post dedicated to why (mostly cost, lack of colors, the fact you aren't saving a lot of time, etc) but it keeps getting pushed down the list! :)

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  7. Just found you through Pinterest. This is an incredible transformation! And so budget-friendly. Great work!!

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  8. Did you change your counters?? We are on a really tight budget and we maybe have call us crazy $300 to change our kitchen and the main thing is our cabinets (which we can paint) and our counters! I have no idea what to do with our counters!! Any advice would be appreciated =) TIA

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  9. We are moving into a house with a kitchen very similar to this... and I'm going to try this. Did you paint your cabinets or buy new ones? If so - how much did that cost?

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  10. Dria @ DioHomeImprovements.comApril 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Your kitchen is stunning, the transformation is fantastic! Doesn't even look like the same space (I found your site via hometalk)

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  11. LOVE IT! How you like the lighting?

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  12. What color is your kitchen cabinet hardware? Looks like dark rubbed bronze or black.

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  13. I love it. The kitchen is so much brighter!

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  14. Painted. You can see all the FAQs about the paint job in this post: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2013/04/my-kitchen-update-6-months-later-faqs.html

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  15. The people we bought the house from changed the counters for us as part of the house sale. They aren't included in my budget.

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  16. I love what you did here! Im so impressed.
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  17. Beautiful! Love the molding around your ceiling fixture over the island. So I guess you weren't cursed with popcorn ceilings?

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  18. I love what you did with your kitchen. I am about to start my kitchen too, we have the orangey oak. I'm just wondering if you had to do a coat of polyurethane after painting? And if so what kind did you use, if not has there been any scratches?

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  19. I have the same backsplash as you! Love the colours! Good job!

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  20. i absolutely love this! may i ask how large your kitchen is? i'd love to put an island in mine, but not sure i have the space. this looks similar to my kitchen though, and gives me hope. thank you for sharing!

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  21. I didn't use poly. Just paint. So far there have been no scratches. See this post for details: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2013/04/my-kitchen-update-6-months-later-faqs.html

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  22. I have the same style cupboard doors and wondered how they would look in a lighter/painted color! Looks AMAZING!!! I may have to try it myself! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. I have been waiting for a answer to Samantha's question below. Did you use a flat, satin or semi-gloss paint on the cabinets and did you use a clear coat sealant on them. I guess you would have told us if you went another step with the sealant but still would like to know about the paint.

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  24. No problem Robbin.. all those answers are in the FAQs post, which can be found here: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2013/04/my-kitchen-update-6-months-later-faqs.html

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  25. All the details about the type of paint I used (as well as a link to the tutorial on how I painted them) can be found in this FAQ post: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2013/04/my-kitchen-update-6-months-later-faqs.html

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  26. The measurements are in this post: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2013/04/my-kitchen-update-6-months-later-faqs.html

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  27. That is amazing! I dont shop Black Friday as a rule because by that time I am long since done with my Christmas shopping (I buy 2 gifts for birthdays and put one away). Now I see it is worth it for DIY projects. I guess I will be pulling an all nighter this year!

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  28. Just wanted to let you know I removed the pin that I repinned from someone else. I use Pinterest solely for inspirational purpose

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  29. Brittany aka Pretty Handy GirlSeptember 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Amazing makeover!!! I'm so impressed (and truly can appreciate) how much work you put into your kitchen makeover!

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  30. Wowee! What an amazing job, love seeing the transformation, and you did such a good job on the budget!

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