Kitchen update (and so it begins)

This project is super exciting but it is going to take a while so I figured I would document as we go.  We I mean me are in the middle of painting our kitchen cabinets.  I researched and found a recipe for DIY chalk paint.  I liked the idea of this as with chalk paints you do not need to sand and prime… just get to painting.  I wanted to do a 2 tone look in the kitchen that I have been seeing around Pinterest and Better Homes and Gardens magazines so I decided on a Slate like dark blue for the bottom cabinets and a Colonial White both by Olympic paint (Flat Finish).  Here is a picture of our kitchen before we began this project:


Hello Elizabeth! Glad you could join me for this picture 🙂


Yeah, my kitchen gets messy and cluttered, totally not going to pretend that my house is super clean all the time.  You can see all of my supplies on the counter just waiting to start.  Oh my goodness what was I thinking… I Mean  YAY!!!

First Eric and I took down one of the cabinets that we didnt need that I felt was making our kitchen seem smaller and blocked light coming in from the kitchen window:



We had to sand and repaint the area where the old cabinet used to be… Look at how handsome he is when doing house projects!DSCN0509 And this is how it looks after! So much nicer and way more open.

Now that that giant cabinet is gone I began painting the cabinets with the chalk paint.  The recipe I used for home made chalk paint is:

1 Cup of Flat Latex paint (I have been using Olympic in zero VOC from Lowes)

2 1/2 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris

2 1/2 Tablespoons of hot water


Mix the plaster of paris with the hot water until it is completely smooth with no chunks.

Add the water/plaster of paris mixture to the paint and stir well

So far I have learned to only mix how much I will be using at that time as I have mixed a double batch so that I can come back to the painting as I have the time and found that the paint got lumpy.

Here is how the Lower Cabinets looked with 1 coat

oh, hello Nacho :)

oh, hello Nacho 🙂

My cabinets are Oak so you can see that the grain really shows through, I figured I would embrace this as I like more of the rustic feel any way and plan on lightly distressing the edges of cabinets to rough it up a little, I like the country/romantic look.

Here is a picture with 2 coats of paint:


Don’t worry… I am going to paint the rest of that cabinet door…

And… Just for fun, look what I found when I removed all of our drawers from our built in kitchen desk



I thought the hardwood that we have in our kitchen was original to the house (since it is not in the best of shape)  But I found this super dated linoleum hiding under the cabinet.  Adds a bit of secret charm in my opinion!

Anyway… That is where we are right now on the kitchen project.  Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more pictures and tips that I learn as I go.