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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do I dare? (Antiquing brand new cabinets)

Well, after living with a few cabinets torn out for a few weeks, we finally found a Saturday and made an appointment at Home Depot with a design consultant to see what kind of cabinets we wanted to install.

We took the kids with us, and I was armed with drinks, lots of snacks, two iPhones and YouTube kid videos and games, crayons and coloring books, etc. Ready for a full three-hour tour.

We tried to go with lower end cabinets as I'm super cheap  trying to stay on a budget. We were only designing one side of the kitchen since the other 1/2 is currently mold-free, and it will require knocking out walls, ripping out our "catwalk", installing headers and beams, etc. It's going to be a HUGE project that we're hoping to finish while my husband has his two-week vacation in December. A single Saturday's not gonna cut it.

Aaaaanyway, after FOUR AND A HALF HOURS, the designer was finally  ready to give us our estimate. I'm thinking it's going to be around $3500, and that was sounding on the pricey side for me since we still have the other 1/2 to do. Deep breath. $9800!



For 1/2 the kitchen.


I packed up the kids immediately while my nice hubby tried to sweep up Goldfishies off the ground as best a he could, and we were outta there.

On to Lowe's where they were having 20% off all in-stock cabinets sale! Sweet. We got almost the exact same layout (minus the fridge garage and corner cabinet that extends down to the countertop) for... ((drumroll, please))... $1100. AFTER TAX!  Oh, man. Such a relief.

BUT, these cabinets are just plain as plain can be. I loved the glazed look. Here's what we currently have:

And here's what I attempted this weekend:

I just did a small cabinet, and I used a craft antiquing acrylic, so I wiped it off immediately after. But I wanted to get a feel for it and see if it was something I really want to do. I'm SOOO afraid of destroying my brand new cabinets!  But after seeing this, I'm thinking I can do it.

Here are some kitchens I'm dreaming of:

Images from

According to KraftMaid, my style falls somewhere between "Luxe Tansitional" and "Classicaly Traditional".

Their "Ginger with Sable Glaze" is the finish we had originally wanted:

Also love:

Thomasville Cabinetry

Thomasville Cabinetry

I'm loving the combos. I can't decide if I want to do my island green or white (glazed, of course). I'm leaning toward white since that will probably appeal to a larger crowd when we sell... 

Whaddya think? Should I suck it up and glaze brand new cabinets?

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