Kitchen Makeover FAQ’s

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.

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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.
 

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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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Currently

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Cost so far: $1112