How did you spend the first day of summer? Here at Big White Farmhouse, we were busy painting the kitchen at the Farm. It was a LONG, tedious process, but we're so happy with the results! Follow along below on our renovation photo diary.
Thursday, June 19th
Let's start with the "before" shots. It's not a pretty sight (please pardon the mess!) When we arrived to the Farm on Thursday, we didn't quite know where to begin. Fortunately, we had stripped the wallpaper on the top portion, and smoothed the walls with a joint compound treatment last summer. Now it was time to start priming!
Friday, June 20th
On Thursday, it took my sister and me 9 hours to put 2 coats of primer on the kitchen walls. We used a standard primer for the walls, and special surface primer for the wainscoting. When we got to work on Friday, the kitchen was looking a bit institutional and was ready for some color!
In addition to painting the walls, we also began painting the kitchen cabinets and hardware. This was a first for us but it was surprisingly simple. The hardest part was removing the cabinets from the walls and screwing them back into place afterwards!
Saturday, June 21st
The final push! We spent Saturday putting a second coat of paint on the wainscoting and doors. We also re-screwed the cabinets into the walls and painted the fireplace a fresh coat of red. When we finished, we cleaned the kitchen and moved the furniture back in. It was finally ready for the big reveal to our parents and Nana!
It's amazing what $200 in paint can accomplish! Someday we hope to update the floors, countertops and light-fixtures, but this was a great start. Thanks for following along, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Ashley + Andrea
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