Monday, March 27, 2023

One year later (before and after photos)

and I am still happy with our decision.

I wasn't happy with the kitchen cabinets, BUT there was nothing actually wrong with them other than them being oak and it dating the house.  Plus I really couldn't be bothered gutting the whole kitchen to put new ones in.  I neither wanted the mess nor the expense.  So we decided to get a company in to spray/paint the kitchen cabinets.

Not that you can tell from the photos, but the big stand alone unit and the unit around the fridge were added later by the previous owner and are a slightly different colour to the other units.

Here are some before photos:

Here are the after photos:

The company took all our doors and drawer fronts to their workshop and primed and sprayed them there.  They primed and painted the rest of the units in situ and came back and forward once a week for four weeks total.  We bought new handles and so they filled the holes and installed those.

One year on and it's holding up really well.  I did notice a small chip on a drawer we use all the time.  I have nearly a gallon of paint they left me so I just need to touch it up. 

Would I do this again; without a doubt yes.  It cost us I think around $3 thousand Canadian, so a whole lot cheaper than putting in a new kitchen.  As I said there was nothing actually wrong with the cupboards or the layout.   We had put new countertops in a year or two before hand.  The change in colour has brightened up our kitchen considerably.  The colour we chose, was the colour of the year for Sico paints last year. 

I had posted back in 2021 here about how we had our vanity "wrapped" by a company.  I am super happy with how that turned out and again that is holding up great.  I did get that company out to quote us for the kitchen, but I can't stand the guy....LOL  Really I don't like him, he got on my nerves.  So for the sake of my sanity, as I knew this was going to take time I couldn't/wouldn't hire him. 

Some people do this themselves, painting their kitchen units.  Good for them, I just knew I wouldn't do as good a job as the professionals.

The company we used works in our area, and is not a nationwide company.


Practical Parsimony said...

The cabinets look really nice. The others looked good, but this is a good change. If I cannot stand a person, I won't do business with

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your cabinets look wonderful! Our kitchen has factory mass produced 'oak' but because it's an apartment we aren't allowed to paint. I'd love a colour similar to yours.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

love the colors!!

maureenlthompson said...

Your kitchen cupboards look amazing, and your kitchen is so neat and tidy. Made me laugh when you said you couldn't stand the contractor, understand completely.

Donna said...

I LOVE it! Beautiful job!!

William Kendall said...

Quite a difference.

Maggie said...

Wow the change in colour really made a difference, we have a very similar colour and I love it. I can understand not wanting to replace your kitchen, we've done two at seperate houses and I don't think I would want to do it again. We are in the process of decorating our bedroom and it's taking ages, the older I get the less I want the mess and bother of decorating.

Jackie said...

Harvey said we should either paint ours or buy new fronts... I just want him to sand, stain and coat them with polyurethane. That is what he did to the ones nearer the fridge and they look awesome.

Yours look very nice.

God bless.

Jenn Jilks said...

The looks so good!


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