Redo my kitchen, on the cheap! Paint Cabinets? Stain them? Replace conuter?
March 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
So this is my kitchen. I've always hated these cabinets. They are so cheap looking, IMO. I've never liked the color of them either. I also hate this tile counter. I'm hoping to move in the next year or so, so I don't want to spend a TON of money on the kitchen. This kitchen was remodeled in 2008, so it isn't even that old. The house is an 80k house, so def no granite or anything extravagant. So with that in mind..

1. I found something called NUVO Paint for cabinets. It's similar to the Rustoleum Paint kit. They have black or dark cocoa. They also have lighter colors, but I do not want white or anything light. Should I paint the cabinets, or would they look worse? Would staining them be better?

2. I also found something related to the cabinet paint called Giani Countertop Paint. A lot of people use it for counter tops - it is a 'granite look'. They do have photos of people using it on tile, but my issue is that it does not hide the grout lines - only fills them.. so they are still noticeable. Should I try the paint kit at $80, or just go with a cheap laminate type of counter top? Or should I just leave the counter top the way it is, and maybe do a backsplash of mosaic glass tiles and the cabinets?

Just so confused about what to do. I want a change - but I also want something that is at least decent for resale. Here are some kitchen still looks basically the same - I did ditch the table for a black Bistro Set and got a stainless steel microwave. It's also a darker tan now, but not real dark.

Thanks for any help :)
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Painting the cabinets a dark brown would work. Add some nice pulls and it will be fine.I don't think that your countertops are the problem. Your backsplash needs to be replaced. I would not spend a lot. You can find a lot of really cool tiles that are fairly inexpensive and do a unique (but not too taste-specific) pattern. Have fun.
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Paint the cabinets- that way they will no longer compete with your floors. I would definitely replace the counters with laminate- or since your kitchen is small sometimes suppliers have drop or even recently removed granite they will sell for the cost of cutting. Laminate is fine, then new backsplash.
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Thank you. I was so scared to paint the cabinets, but I am starting to envision it now. Will def paint the cabinets dark brown and do a new backsplash.
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Should I paint that white trim pieces on the cabinetry brown? What kind of pulls would look better?
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Yes, paint the trim as well. Brushed satin pulls. Please post your "after" pictures. Good luck!
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I think dark brown paint would look nice. If you want to take it farther, I have seen some nice kitchens done with IKEA cabinets for not a lot of money.
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