Hey everyone! Over the last couple of weeks I’ve received a ton of questions regarding my mini kitchen transformation – with lots of paint everything is starting to really come together beautifully. Let me take it back to the beginning! *Painting My New Kitchen Cabinets & Tile*
Before… & Our Plans
When we first purchased our Santa Barbara home & I shared the images on Instagram.. so many of you loved it. It has great bones… beautiful character, wonderful deck with views of the ocean and so much more. However, a lot of you saw the original kitchen with it’s maple wood cabinets, black granite countertops, colorful backsplash and did not see the vision for us. The early 2000’s style was shocking compared to my last kitchen with it’s all-white cabinetry, marble countertops and subway tile backsplash!
I knew that eventually I wanted to renovate our new kitchen and open it up.. make it larger, add a wall of windows, build my dream cabinetry and decorate with all the gorgeous backsplash, lighting, and more. We will definitely fully renovate and demo this space one day (probably next year) but until then, I wanted to do something that made us really love and enjoy our kitchen right now… especially because our current window is quite small and this new kitchen can get dark. I knew brightening it up would be the perfect temporary solution. We spend so much time in here and Jeff is always cooking, so this was #1 on our priority list!
After considering a few options we decided that a few coats of paint on both the cabinets & the backsplash would be the perfect transition for our kitchen! It wasn’t overly difficult to do (thankfully we’ve had the best painting team ever helping with paint as well as a few cosmetic changes) and it was more budget friendly for the temporary kitchen fix.
Luckily we found an amazing team to paint both the exterior and interior of our home before we moved in.. There is nothing these guys can’t paint. When I asked them to paint the cabinets and backsplash they didn’t think twice and said they’ve done it numerous times. Painting tile is a popular budget friendly renovation trick that I’ve seen many of you do on Instragram so I was excited to see how it worked with this house. Luckily for us the guys are SO fabulous and did everything quickly and professionally. Beyond grateful for their hard work! I’m sure many of you have met them through my Instagram stories – (thanks Abraham, Charlie, Carlos and others) in my stories I shared just how great they are.
Paint & More Info
As to the cabinets they removed everything, sanded them down then filled all cabinet hardware holes (knowing I would be adding new hardware). They then applied a coat of primer and 2-3 coats of Benjamin Moore’s Advance (sanding in between) in the color Chantilly Lace using a Satin finish.
When it came to the glass tile they had a different approach. The tile was treated with an etching cream for 10 minutes to remove the smooth finish then it was wiped off. After that they sanded then painted the tile with XIM Primer, Sealer, Bonder. This is an oil base product so make sure to be careful as it does have strong fumes. After that they painted the tiles 2-3 coats (lightly finely sanding in between) using Benjamin Moore’s SCUFF-X paint which is very hard and durable. We are shocked at how beautiful the tile looks and if I didn’t know better I would think it’s a real white stone.
The Finished Product
Overall, Jeff and I are so happy with the paint color that we chose and the way the cabinetry and the backsplash look now. It’s absolutely PERFECT for the time being & who knew that by just adding a few coats of paint the kitchen could look so good?! I will never underestimate the power of paint!
Obviously our kitchen isn’t completely finished.. we are still planning on adding the hardware this week & will eventually place pendant lighting over the island (I’m still searching for the right pieces). One other thing we’ve done is we ordered a new fridge that’s flush with the cabinets.. the fridge that came with the house stuck out beyond the cabinets about a foot or so which took space away from the kitchen. So frustrating but now no longer a problem.
One thing Jeff and I have learned is that renovating an older home is a continual project but one that we live for. All changes, both big and small make a huge difference and paint is the most powerful tool!!
Hopefully you love our cabinet transformation as much we do.. let me know your thoughts/tips for others in the comments below.
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