Anyway. With the doors hung and the drawers in place, I used a fresh brush to apply a thin coat of Rustoleum's Ultimate Polyurethane in a semi-gloss. This was completed haphazardly, in which I just kind of brushed it in all different directions on the inside and outside of each door and drawer; it honestly didn't take more than 45 minutes. The polyurethane gave the cabinets a pretty sheen and sealed the stain and the cabinets nicely.
Now for the best part. Paint. I adored the Olympic "Guacamole" green that I had in my last apartment's kitchen. It was bright, it was festive, and, well... it made me crave guac 24/7. As I was painting my apartment, I realized that all of my red appliances (blender, KitchenAid mixer, food processor) might clash with the green, and wondered if I had made a mistake. Much to my relief, the green walls and red appliances ended up being great accents together.
|Remember my apartment's kitchen?|
|So, Guacamole green it was.|
It's true. Kitchens and bathrooms are the worst when it comes to painting. There are so... many... edges. I spent all day climbing on top of the refrigerator, crouching behind the sink, reaching on the step ladder, and laying on the floor to paint. I think even my dogs were laughing at how ridiculous I looked. Luckily for me, the green covered extremely well and only took one gallon, two coats of paint, and a little bit of leftovers to spare for touch ups.
|"I'm judging you."|
|Comes with a puppy, too.|
I'm obviously not a professional, so the cabinets aren't perfect, and there are visible drips and imperfections with the stain. But, you know, I'm just going to call it rustic. It looks loved, and lived-in, and worn. And, most of all, it looks like home.
Oh, and the price? Get this: It cost me only $62 bucks. How?
1.) 1 can of Rustoleum spray paint: $7
2.) 1 container Mineral Spirits: $5
3.) 1 pack of 10 sanding sheets: $8
4.) 1 quart of Rustoleum Ultimate Stain: $12
5.) 1 quart of Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane: $12
6.) 1 gallon of Olympic Guacamole paint: $18
Of course, with paint supplies (brushes, rollers, painter's tape, etc.), it cost more than that, but I already had those items on hand. REGARDLESS, that was cheap. And cool.
|... and AFTER.|
In case you missed day one of this kitchen reveal, you can read it here!
Update: I created new, easy DIY curtains for the kitchen! Read about them here!
Update: I painted the kitchen door! Here's the post!
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