Kitchen Before and After... Featuring Glazed Antiqued Cabinets!

When we bought our house this summer one of the things we really hated was the kitchen.... which is kind of funny beause that's where we spend the most time, basically the most important room in the house!   We knew though, that it had great potential, it was just really, really ugly. 

Here is the sales picture on the internet when our house was on the market... (this is not my old decor!!)
Look at those cabinets, what color are they supposed to be??  Anyone... Anyone?  Bueller.. Bueller?;)

They were such a hideous color.  The previous owner said they were "white-washed",  ummm, no.  They were kind of pickled with a pinkish under-tone, just awful. 

The other very bad thing going on in the kitchen were the floors.  It's hard to tell by the pictures but they were linoleum that was supposed to look like tile.  They were a grey color that really hid the dirt. They hid the dirt by looking dirty all the time!!  Yuck! 

The first thing we did before we moved in was replace the flooring with dark cherry bamboo hard wood.  You can see close up pictures of that here.  This made such a difference and even made the cabinets look  a little better, but they still had that weird pink tinge to them, they SO had to GO!! 

The previous owner took most of the appliances and the remaining two weren't in great shape so we replaced them all with new stainless steel, this really brightened it up and gave it a sleek, modern feel. 

We then changed out the light fixtures, hanging a nice black chandelier over the kitchen table and some DIY pendant lights (will blog those soon) over the island.  Another huge improvement.  The kitchen was really dark and having the extra bulbs in there with the chandalier and pendants really warmed it up. 

The biggest improvement was re-doing the kitchen cabinets.  We I decided to glaze them with an antique finish (hubby voted for plain white, sorry babe). 
There are a few more things that we'd like to do in the kitchen when the budget allows... crown moulding, adding a backsplash, and granite or quartz countertops.

Finally came the decor... what I love to do. :) 

Here is the After:



Another view...


I also have to show off my kitchen rug that I am in love with. 

 

I should also note that our kitchen remodel will probably be the most expensive thing I ever do on my blog.  I am Chic on a Shoestring Decorating because I am on a shoestring budget, this house was such a great deal that I got to do the upgrades on the kitchen.  Don't let this "pricey" post scare you away! ;)

I also wanted to share that I feel the antiqued glaze was the right choice for the cabinets as I saw the same look in a book my little one got for Christmas....


Picture courtesy of Sesame Street
  
How can you go wrong if your kitchen resembles the kitchen of Cookie Monster, Elmo, and the Count??  Check out their sweet antiqued cabinets...  HA! :)

Update : After attempting a giant-detailed-tons-of-photos too-long blog post about my glazing and antique-ing kitchen cabinet techniques I've decided to write an e-book!

I am sharing all my secrets of the whole process including how to avoid sanding, leaving your cabinet doors on while painting (yes, you can!) Plus, the exact colors, brands and products I use (not, just go to the paint store and buy some glaze).

Please "follow me" or bookmark my site to look for the release date by the end of 2012!

I'm linked to Thrifty Decor Chic, Between Naps on the Front Porch,  Cottage Instincts , Making the World Cuter, The Shades of Pink, My Frugal Family, The Faded Charm Cottage and It's so very Cheri.



81 comments :

  1. Oh, I love your kitchen!!! Your cabinets look lovely. Love all your decorative items, too!! What a cozy space.

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  2. Awesome! I'm planning on doing essentially the same thing with our orange "oak" cabinets. Would love to see a detailed post on your glazing process, too.

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  3. GREAT job! I love your chandelier.

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  4. It looks really awesome Katie...so warm and inviting! Great job!

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  5. Your cabinets, and whole kitchen look beautiful! I had those same pinkish cabinets so I know what you mean about them being ugly, but you transformed yours and made them look great! I'm sure you love being in your kitchen all the time now! And I love how it resembles the Sesame Street kitchen, too cute!

    Kat :)

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  6. Oh it looks fabulous!

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  7. I'll be desperately waiting for the blog about the cabinets.
    I have almost the exact same ones.
    And it is whitewashed red oak. FYI Thereby giving off a pink look. ugh! And I actually chose mine. New construction. What was I thinking?!?!
    So...tell me how it's done!

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  8. Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

    Tish, sorry, I hope I didn't offend you. The color is so strange because only in certain lights would it show that pink-ness but when it did it drove me crazy! :) It's really noticeable in my "before" picture.

    I will try and do the cabinet glazing post within a week or so. I have to pull all my cans/jars out of the basement to see what colors and products I used.... stay tuned... :)

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  9. Love the KITCHEN, and the color of the cabinets... GORGEOUS! thanks for following me ;), I will do the same!

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  10. This is a fabulous makeover! The cabinets are just beautiful. I am giving my kitchen a little face lift this spring and would love to know how you did the cabinets. Mine are flat white right now- but I love the richness and depth in yours! Great job with the accents and the lighting. It all came together with such a polished look.
    Yvonne

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  11. Your kitchen look fabulous! We had a whole bunch of white washed furniture in the 90's...blech! Who knew the Sesame St. characters were so hip?

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  12. The kitchen looks fabulous and the cabinets came out great. Love the table and chairs you have also.
    Allison

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  13. Your kitchen looks so beautiful! I love it. My dining chairs are almost just like yours, which is funny since they are from an Australian furniture store (I bought them second hand, though).

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  14. You did a great job on your cabinets and your decor is dreamy.. I know ya'll are enjoying that room bunches.. I'll be watching for your glazing tips as I did get mine painted last summer but couldnt get up the nerve to glaze.. Yet:-)

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  15. Your kitchen turned out beautful! I love the antiqued white -- definitely the right choice!

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  16. I just finished doing the exact same thing to my cabinets. I couldn't believe how easy it was to glaze them.Great job!

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  17. This is beautiful. Do you have a tutorial on how you glazed them? We can't decide: Creamy white with brownish glaze or black with aged edges. (Either way we'll eventually do the other on an island)

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  18. Ha! Love that your inspiration came from a Sesame Street book! : ) Actually, I'm looking to do this look on my oak kitchen cabinets. Love the way yours turned out. Did you just leave what was there {as the base color} and glaze right over it? I actually have to paint mine white or cream and then do the glaze.

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  19. Hi everyone, thanks for the sweet comments.

    I will be doing a post about the glazing process very soon. Need to dig my cans of glaze out of the basement to see what I used. Stay tuned!....

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  20. I just found your blog - I'm a big fan of decorating on a shoestring budget as well! The kitchen looks great!

    Kristen

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  21. Wow!! You turned your bepto bismo kitchen into a very beautiful space! Good for you.

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  22. HI ~ this is my first time on your blog ~ I had to comment because you have my exact same kitchen (the before not the after :( You have given me extreme hope that it can be done ~ Thx

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  23. It turned out so beautiful! You've got my way of thinking!
    Rene'

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  24. Wow! This kitchen turned out amazing. I love it. You did a great job.

    Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

    Kathleen

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  25. LOVING the kitchen redo. AWESOME....woo hoo.
    Thanks so much for the inspiring post and the wonderful fact that you do it on a shoestring budget. YOU GO - a blogger sis after my own heart. I'm laughing about the Sesame Street reference. lol...

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  26. What a wonderful kitchen transformation this is. I love it.

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  27. I love this! My sis has those pinkish "puke-washed" cabinets, so I'd love to know the process you used to glaze them....I'll be waiting for the post!

    Thanks for linking to Mi4M :)

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  28. Stopped by from Friday Follow and I'm so glad I found you! Now following so I don't miss anything.
    Susan
    www.BlackberryJamCafe.blogspot.com

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  29. That kitchen is INCREDIBLE! Found you through FF and so glad I did!

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  30. Beautiful kitchen..I'm so jealous!! I desperately need new cabinets..and a new floor...and a new sink..lol!!

    Visiting from Friday Follow...I'm your newest follower! Love for you to come visit me :)

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Shelley @ Shelley's Swag

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  31. Awesome job on the kitchen. Happy Friday Follow. Hope you'll come check out my blog at http://www.erinamundsen.blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend.

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  32. Just what I needed...we are getting ready to do our kitchen and I want glazed cabinets. Beautiful!

    Happy Friday Follow!

    Holly
    www.504main.blogspot.com

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  33. HI here from Friday Follow! When I saw glazed cabinets on McLinky I knew I had to come by. I like you am obsessed with decorating and now redoing furniture is becoming yet another obsession! After a big family party here in May we are going to tackle refinishing our cabinets which look EXACTLY like your old ones!!!!!!! I feel the same way about them...cant wait to see what your process is!! Please keep me posted I will be back!! Come on over and follow us too and be on the lookout for our new decorating sister blog!
    Cara

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  34. WOW your kitchen looks FAB U LOUS!!!! Great job~! um ya that wasn't no white washed cabinets LOL...

    Stopping by:
    Happy Friday Follow.
    Have a fantastic weekend! :)

    Grissell

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  35. I found your blog on the Friday Follow. Your Kitchen is beautiful! I am inspired to redo my kitchen! Have a wonderful weekend! Hope you can stop by and visit my blog too! Have any bathroom ideas??

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  36. Good Afternoon! Happy Friday Follow! (on Saturday-lol) I am your newest follower. Come visit me :) and have a great weekend! Shoot me an email if you'd like me to subscribe, twitter or facebook.

    Bridgette Groschen
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  37. Hi, I am your latest follower from FF, you can also follow my blog at www.safehomehappymom.com

    You have an amazing blog here, I will definitely be coming back here.

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  38. Hi there! Thanks for joining the Blog Hop. I'm following you now. Love your blog. I'll be back later to read more.

    Happy Follow Friday!

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  39. What a transformation! I love that you were able to glaze your old cabinets and not have to buy new ones.

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  40. Oh my, that is an AMAZING transformation! Great job!

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  41. Wow that looks fabulous! Its amazing what a little glaze can do!

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  42. I will stay tuned for sute! I'm seriously thinking about trying this with my cabinets. Yours look AWESOME!!!!!

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  43. Wow!! I love the way you decorated above your cabinets without going overboard and getting cluttered. :) I also really like your light fixture. Your kitchen is so much more updated now. :)

    Thanks for linking up! I hope you are having fun "mingling." :)

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  44. GORGEOUS! That is a wonderful place to prepare a meal. Thanks so much for sharing.

    XO*Tricia
    P.S. I'm stopping over from Serenity Now.

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  45. What an improvement...great job!
    Stopping by from Serenity Now.

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  46. Hi there!

    I found you through "Friday Follow" and am now following your blog through Google Friend Connect! :)

    I am looking forward to reading more of your posts. Come on over and visit us when you get a free moment. <3

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  47. Popping over from Amanda's Progress Party. Oh your new kitchen is simply gorgeous!

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  48. I was out of town last week, so I'm just now getting to visit people from Amanda's party. Oh, my goodness, I'm glad I didn't miss this post of yours! What a beautiful kitchen you have now. The cabinets look 100% better. . . no--even more than 100%! What a difference that change makes! Congratulations on your beautiful kitchen.

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  49. What a beautiful job! I'm Lynn from Scrapity Anne and am a new follower. I can NOT WAIT for you to post the how-to on this! I have glaring white cabinets and glaring white laminate countertops, with no $ to replace either. But a nice glaze would be great....how did you do it???

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  50. I just stumbled upon your blog for the first time. How funny to see that your kitchen is EXACTLY the same layout as mine! I love the updates you've done. Thanks for this inspiration! :)

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  51. When I bought my house through costa rica homes for sale
    I expected to have a big stove in the kitchen with a huge space, now I am really happy because I can cook every kind of recipe in my huge stove. I really love it.

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  52. I'm just getting ready to do this exact thing. How funny to run into your blog and see what I have visualized for my kitchen. It gives me courage..........

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  53. Your kitchen is beautiful and classy. I may have overlooked it, but is the how-to posted? Like many of the comments before me, I have the same "white-washed" cabinets that I want to glaze now ;)

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  54. When you blog about glazing your cabinets... please let me know I would LOVE to feature you.
    http://paintingyourhome.info Nice job!

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  55. The kitchen looks so much better!! I use to have a bedroom set that whitewashy pinky color! It was a WATERBED!!! LOL. It was big in the 90's, ok? Anyway, great job!

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  56. I really love your kitchen and great choice on the color!! We moved too in our new home recently and the kitchen is horrible!!! Hope we can improve it soon. Thanks for sharing, visiting from Southern Hospitality. Have a Happy New Year, Veronica

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  57. Beyond Fabulous! Ha-isn't it great to know that you and the sesame gang share the same taste! Jealous that you got new appliances when you did your kitchen makeover. My husband said NO WAY when I begged and groveled! Then again, I didn't find quite the deals that you did! Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog. You sound beyond Fantastic!! happy Weekend!!

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  58. I'm convinced we would be fast friends after seeing this kitchen...way to go! It's absolutely gorgeous, warm, and perfect!

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  59. Your kitchen looks great! Please post about glazing, I just took my cabinet doors off today and am starting the (re)painting process this weekend!

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  60. I've had fun on your blog this afternoon ...

    Your kitchen looks amazing! I absolutely love it! :)

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  61. PLEASE post about glazing !!!! I have oak cabinets and I would love to do the glazing to mine. I would have to go black though...my counter tops are light. Can't wait to hear about it!

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  62. Our first house had those pink "white washed" cabinets..I HATED THEM! It looks totally different. New appliances rock girl!

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  63. Your cabinets look great. I am getting ready to redo some cabinets myself and am doing to be doing some glazing myself. I can't wait to see what you used.

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  64. That's amazing! One of these days I will do that to my kitchen cabinets!


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  65. You're a lady after my own heart! I can't believe I have found your blog!!! I know I will learn so much from you. Thank you for all the information you are sharing with all of us :)

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  66. Wonderful post! Normally i'm agree with all this post. In this blog,it explains to choose the kitchen design technique. If you buy a home then the most important is to understand the situation of the kitchen room .
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  67. LOVE LOVE LOVE that rug! Great job on the cabinets - I've seen that pink pickled color. I remember when they first started that color about 20? years ago. That was a really bad idea.

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  68. where can we find the directions, this is just gorgeous!

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  69. Ooh, I really love your kitchen. It looks very awesome. Good job!

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  70. Ooh, I really love your kitchen. It looks very awesome. Good job!

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  71. When I see the picture it reminds me a lot that there're many things need for me to do to compete like what the picture you post. lol!! Thanks for that wonderful idea..

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  72. Have you heard of "Cabinet Accents"? Decorative designs you can apply to your cabinets that can compliment your tile color. They look great and can be apllied in minutes.

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  73. OK I too LOVE LOVE your glazed cabinets....I don't see that you ever posted the HOW TO's on that.....or did I miss it somewhere? Can you help? Want to do the same thing...need help with the how to part...THank you so much! Love your re-do!

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  74. Thanks for posting this! I'm very much into scrapbooking and the materials cost a fortune, I'd love to get them with a discount.
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  75. Wow! You did a great job remodeling! Your kitchen looks so beautiful! How 'bout those appliances?

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  76. I cant totally tell from the picture but do you have the granite just coming up on the wall with no backsplash?

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  77. Is the e-book on how the cabinets were done out yet? Did I miss it?

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  78. This is love....great job! xoxo http://www.farmersdoors.com/blog/63-french-provincial-kitchens.html

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