1.  What paint did you use for your black distressed cabinets?

Answer: I used Rustoleum American Accents Canyon Black in the can.  I think I went through maybe 1 gallon of it (4 quarts).  It was a satin finish.  I believe it is now called Painter’s Touch.  I liked the richness of the black.  Sometimes black paint tends to look too grey to me, that is why I chose this one.

2.  Did you use a sealant over the top of them to protect them?

Answer:  No I did not use anything.  Since I antiqued them any chips or dings just adds to the character of the finish.

3.  Where did you buy your hardware?

Answer: On Ebay!  I got them for $1 each shipped and out the door.  I spent $35.66 total.  The knobs are Jeffrey Alexander Lenoir Rope in an Antique Silver Finish.  The cup pulls are Jeffrey Alexander Lyon Shaker Pull in an Antique Silver Finish.
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4.  Where did you get the rope lighting that runs on a remote?

Answer: I got it at Menards.  The rope lighting was 20 feet for $9 and the wireless remote was $10 made by Super Switch.  If you go to any home improvement store just ask for a wireless switch remote and they can direct you to a similar brand.

5.  How much were your Sink Front Tip Out trays? 

Answer:  I got mine at Menards. It is the 11” ones but it does come wider.  The brand name is called Rev-A-Shelf.  The first time I installed them I about lost myself in a world of swear words.  Read the directions more careful than I did. But after installing the first one I can install them in about 30 minutes now.  MAKE SURE YOU PRE-DRILL.

6.  Did you have to remove the fake drawer front?  If so, how did you do that?
Answer: No this is what they look like on the back of most false drawer fronts.  You just remove those plastic pieces in order to install the tip-out trays.
IMG_13907.  How long did it take you to paint your cabinets?

Answer:  I have painted many o’ kitchen cabinets in my day.  I always seem to rush to get through it, my kitchen is a train wreck for a week and we eat out 3 meals a day.  I WAS COMMITTED TO NOT DOING THAT THIS TIME.  Every single night I managed to make dinner.  I put everything away at 5:00 p.m. and was content with whatever progress I made that day in between chasing around a 3 year-old.  Keep in mind I did not primer and they were only a one coat job.  So that was a long way of saying about 2 weeks.
I hope that helps.  I get lots of questions about my kitchen remodel.  Please email me if you have any questions or need to bounce ideas about your kitchen off of me.

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Cost so far: $1112

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  1. Beckie, I *love* your kitchen remodel so far! You had the same builder basic cabinets we started with…honey oak just screams "paint me", doesn't it? Fabulous job! I so enjoyed meeting you this last week – what an honor! Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see what you do next!

  2. such fun before and afters!! Can't wait to see it in person in just a couple of weeks! How's the fabric search going?

  3. Do you know that there are people out there that don't know what Menard's is? I had never, ever heard of it before I moved to WI.

    It's such a funny word too, Menard's. You kind of have to say it with a Wisconsin accent.

  4. Hi Beckie, the kitchen looks great! I love love love the black cabinets. Great to meet you last weekend!

  5. I can see why you got so many questions, because your kitchen looks wonderful! Thank you for giving all the details. Your kitchen, like so many of your projects, is really inspirational!

  6. Can I ask how you got the fake drawer panel off in order to install the tip-out trays under your sink? I want to attempt this, but those suckers were fastened on TIGHTLY! I don't want the area to look shoddy when I'm finished, so do you have a suggestion other than just taking the nail-removing end of a hammer (or a crowbar) and forcing them off? Thanks!

  7. I love your kitchen remodel. I am just in the process of doing mine and I am wondering where you got the light over your bar.

  8. I like makeover of your kitchen and we are thinking to makeover my kitchen and I've got some idea from that. Thank you so much.

  9. Beautiful! I have black kitchen cabinets that we hired a "pro" to spray for us before we moved in 2 yrs ago. Sadly, he apparently did not sand the glossy white before spraying the paint over it, and our black is chipping. I am embracing the chipping and plan on distressing them all to make up for it. The problem is that when I sand the edges of the black, I cannot get any paint to stick to the white underneath! Grrr . . . do you have any suggestions for this or for something to go directly over the black for a "faux" distressed look without sanding?

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