Builder Grade Kitchen Makeover: White Kitchen Cabinets, White Counter Tops, Blue Tile Back Splash
I did not embark on our summer builder grade kitchen renovation with Ace Hardware with the idea of gaining the admiration … and adulation … of my 14-year–old daughter. But somewhere along the line, she took note of the amount of work I single handily handled to get it done. And she’s impressed. So I thought I’d share some trade secrets about how to impress your very own teenage daughters (and/or sons):
Step 1: Get her (or him) hooked on HGTV. Fixer Upper and Beach Flip are recommended must-watches, but in all honestly we watch it all. Property Brothers. Check. Love It Or List It. Check. House Hunters (in all it’s variations). Check. Whatever marathon of shows is on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check. HGTV is our go to channel when nothing else is on. Which is often.
Step 2: Decide your semi-DIY kitchen remodel from five years ago no longer matches the vibe in the rest of your home. I blame you Scott McGillivray and your Income Property series on HGTV. You made that dark-wood-crisp-white-counter-top-modern-aesthetic look so very good. Only thing, the rest of our home not modern. Never has been. I may have been swayed by his good looks …
Step 3: Realize your kitchen remodel would not be complete without adding height to your upper cabinets. Spend two months Google searching and studying any and all tutorials on how to add height to your upper cabinets.
Step 4: Spend another month pondering how you’ll deal with these odd angles and cuts. (It was much easier than I thought, no power tools required).
Step 5: Stop searching and studying and pondering and just do it (full tutorial coming soon). Just be sure to consult your teenage daughters (and/or sons) about how much height you should add (I went with a 6″ board and 3″ crown for a total of 9″).
Step 6: After you’ve prepped & primed the cabinet doors and drawers … and before pulling out the paint sprayer you won from a friend’s blog sweepstakes … consult your daughters (and/or sons) on what color white to paint those doors and drawers. Because not all whites are created equal. Some skew blue. Some skew pink. Some skew warm.
Together we chose a warmer white. Clark+Kensington in Chalk White.
Step 7: Between coats of door and drawer paint (tutorial on how I painted the cabinets coming soon), consult with your daughters (and/or sons) on a new color for the walls.
We went with Clark + Kensington Paint and Primer in One Premium Interior Flat Enamel in Stolen Moments (1036). It’s a nice blue-gray that complements the glass mosaic tile back splash.
Step 8: Add some rugs and accessories, step back, and realize that your formerly cave-like kitchen is now so much lighter and brighter …
Step 9: Don’t rest on your laurels. Keep a few things up your sleeve. Starting with the world’s largest and heaviest clock that I need to figure out how to hang on drywall.
There’s also a fourth wall that, right now, is wasted space. It’s going to get a chalkboard treatment. And base cabinets with a butcher block top. And open shelves …
guaranteed to impress my 14-year-old-daughter. 🙂
Ace Hardware would like to help you impress your very own teenage children by giving away a $100 gift card. Enter here:
Kitchen Project Posts:
You Might Also Like:
Today’s post was written as part of my role as an Ace Hardware Blogger. I was compensated by Ace for this post and for the products used, but all opinions about the products used, tips on how to impress a teenage daughter, and about Ace Hardware are my own.