Tuesday, November 4, 2014

kitchen counter makeover

As most of you know, we have been trying to upgrade our kitchen since forever. We basically had to take the entire kitchen apart and rebuild. Somethings we can reuse, but most of it is garbage.
I was only able to save the countertop section surrounding the sink. The two pieces that are on each side of where a stove would be, had to go. Beyond ick! These counters were already secondhand when they were installed, which is cool. I'm all for using secondhand fixtures, but this was a disaster. Notice where the cabinets and countertop meet in the corner? The cabinets are for another post.

See where the countertops meet? and the jacked up lower cabinet?

Here is a close up of part of the original countertop- yum!

This is the part of the countertop we could save, but the frame had to go (water damage). More on that in another post

I gave a little sneak peek of the new white countertops in this post here.

I removed all of the glue & caulk, and sanded the countertop.
Then painted:
2 coats of primer
2 coats of white paint
2+ coats of polycrylic
(lightly sanded between the first five coats)

I chose the primer, paint & polycrylic combo because they were products we already had on hand. So basically this project was free !

It looks and feels so shiny, clean and new now! Wish I would have done this years ago.
We have plenty of cutting boards, so no food will be in contact with the countertops. The old sink got cleaned up, a new faucet, and strainers.

The countertop is being held up with two cabinets from the original kitchen.
It is at a special height for me. Now I can either sit or stand when washing the dishes, and not have the lower cabinets block my legs.

We hide our garbage and recycling behind the sink skirt. The two cabinets hold cleaning supplies.

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