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Work on it Wednesday: Kitchen Update

Inspired by my recent kitchen makeover and many DIY projects on Pinterest, today's Work on it Wednesday is about making over your kitchen without having to replace to many large features.

Inspired by my recent kitchen makeover and many DIY projects on Pinterest, today's Work on it Wednesday is about making over your kitchen without having to replace to many large features. Using a sander, paint and patience, you can totally transform your kitchen from outdated to updated in short time! 

The biggest way to transform a kitchen is to start with the cabinets. Without having to totally swap out your current cabinets for new ones, you can transform what you have to look completely new. Below is a simple step-by-step cabinet transformation, outlined with the help of a blog found on Pinterest, Lemonade


Ok, first step in the cabinet makeover process is to remove the cabinet doors. Next you are going to sand everywhere that is going to be painted. Using a coarse sand paper will help achieve the best results. Since the middle of the cabinet is going to be covered with bead board it isn't necessary to sand the middle panel. After the sanding is complete be sure to wipe down the cabinet door to remove any sanding dust. 


Next step: prime. Using a paint primer you are going to want to paint each piece so that the original stain isn't showing at all. After the primer has dried, you can paint the cabinet with your color of choice. Cut the bead board to size so that it fits snug inside the middle panel. Once the paint is dried you are going to glue (wainscoting glue works best) the bead board in the center of the cabinet and either clamp it down or put a heavy block on top in order to apply pressure while the glue dries overnight. 


Once the glue has dried, use caulking to fill in any edges that may not be completely sealed or if there are any cracks. Since you are going to be painting a top coat, do not use a silicone caulking. Paint does not stick well to it. Once the caulking has dried overnight apply two coats of paint over everything. Jeralyn mentions using a foam roller brush to paint with because it will smooth everything and get into all the small spaces. To finish off your new look, you should swap out the cabinet knobs for a new style. There are so many different styles, colors and textures that are great accessories to the cabinet and can really change the look! 


Keep in mind, these types of makeover DIY steps can be used for not only fixing up cabinets but can be used for doors, tables and chairs. For other home tips and tricks be sure to check out our Pinterest page. 

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