My New Kitchen!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Guess what I've been doing pretty much every day for the past two weeks?  What have I been talking about for months?

Turning this...

 And this...




I'm so proud of myself.  And I love my new kitchen.  I did almost all the work myself, though my mom painted the cabinets because I'm a super messy painter, which is bad news with oil paint.  The tiling, the grout, the removal of the wallpaper, the yellow paint on the walls, the new hardware and most of hinges ...ALL ME!

The Details
  • White subway tiles from Lowes
  • Mapei grout in Warm Grey from Lowes
  • Olympic oil semigloss paint from Lowes in Sherwin Williams' Dover White (on the cabinets)
  • Behr Premium paint plus primer in Sherwin Williams' Happy Yellow (on the walls)
Now that the grout has been sealed and the countertops vacuumed (grout is very messy), I can finally get my kitchen back together and out of the various rooms I've been storing it in (namely my bedroom and living room).  I still need to put up another shelf, but because that has to be painted with oil paint, I'm leaving that to my mom!

  • Wipe the excess tile adhesive off as soon as possible.  Don't let it dry and think it will be easier to scrape off once dry.  It won't be.
  • Make up a little bit of grout at a time.  It sets up and can get crumbly, which is bad news bears.
  • Put the grout in a little cup and then add A LITTLE water, mixing each time, until you get the right consistency.  I wasted an entire bag of grout after adding too much water and trying to thicken it up.
  • Make friends with the Lowes tile guy.  That way, when you have a U-shaped cut to make in your tile to go around your outlets, he'll do it for you, even though he's not supposed to.
  • Don't forget about outlet extenders if you're installing a backsplash on drywall.  The tiles add thickness to your walls and if you don't pull the outlets forward, they'll be recessed into the tile and look stupid.
I'm obsessed with my kitchen and can't wait to have people over to see it!  Admittedly, my flooring has hit a snag and isn't yet installed, but more about that at a later date.  It steams me up too much, and I'm in too fine a mood!

Anyone else done any exciting projects lately?  Tell me about them!


  1. Good work--my favorite is the blender!

  2. Okay found the pictures and I love your kitchen! I have a Kithen Aid also but mine is yellow. Great job!


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