My Kitchen Redo Is Complete

I got the knobs painted and things dried faster than I thought. So now my kitchen redo is complete.

Below was my first kitchen, before the boho tile decals, and you see the self liner on the wall here.

First Apartment Kitchen:

But it didn’t hold up well. The liner on the wall kept coming down. So I had to scrap that and come up with something else.

Which led me to this idea.

Second Apartment Kitchen:

This was the second kitchen redo. I know the photo looks lopsided because I suppose nothing in this apartment is level. Then, going a ways back to the little blue house.

Decoupaging Cabinets:

I decoupaged the kitchen cabinets. Which led two magazines to my door to feature the kitchen. So back to my current kitchen, this is the third redo in less than two years.

Using GianiGranite Counter Top Kits:

This is the GianiGranite countertops. I got a free product kit of my choice from GianiGranite. After all the detailed applications, you apply the topcoat.

Giving The Cabinet Doors Personality:

I’d been in Michaels and Target. I’d gone through Marshalls. All these stores are in the same shopping center.

And as I was walking down an aisle in Bed Bath & Beyond, I passed these place mats. I went on by, then found myself backing up.Β The place mats were $1.99 each.

Then I strolled through the kitchen section and saw these wooden spoons, etc. They were in a net bag, and I bought four bags, at $5.99 a bag.Β 

I painted the brown knobs I purchased for another kitchen renovation black. And painted them using the trick you see above.

How to paint knobs all at once:

First you find a cardboard box. You poke holes in the cardboard, put a screw underneath and screw it into the knob on top. Then spray paint.

Here is the valance given to me by Primitive Star Quilt Shop. They’re good quality, and I love that they’re lined.Β 

When using the GianiGranite kit, first you roll on black primer. Then you have three colors to sponge on with the sea sponges they send you. You keep going while it’s wet, sponging on each color.

The EAT sign is now a soft gold instead of turquoise.
So there you have it. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But I like things to be a little unique.

The place mats are simply nailed on the cabinet doors with short nails, as were the wooden spoons. They can easily be taken down if need be.

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  1. I missed the initial reveal. You did an awesome job Brenda and I think you chose the perfect color. The bamboo was clever on the cabinets. You are like me, color, texture, layers…gotta have them!

  2. Brenda,
    OMG!!!! Totally in LOVE wiht your Kitchen Re- Do!! You know that I am a lover of color and especially red in the Kitchen was warms my heart!! The place mats and spoons are a fantastic idea and I LOVE your counter tops!!
    I love seeing what you do with your apartment because Joe and I decided that in about 10-12 years from now when our house needs another new roof, we will sell it and move into an apartment in the complex right next to us . It is the same complex where our sons live.
    Congrats on your outstanding Kitchen Re-Do!! LOVE IT!!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

  3. Great Job Brenda! I do love all the color you use in your little apartment. It is so cozy. I wish I was less afraid of color. Maybe if I knew how to use it I would not be so afraid. But you have a knack for it.

  4. Brenda this is fabulous! I cannot get over how some inexpensive place-mats and wooden utensils made such a darling and dramatic difference. This post was a joy to read and I sincerely hope you will continue to share your sunshine at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  5. Your countertops turned out beautifully, Brenda. I'm impressed! And I love your cupboard door placemat and spoon treatment. So creative, colorful, and cute. It's always fun to see what you'll come up with, and you never disappoint!

  6. Your kitchen reno turned out great! I often wonder if I should do something similar to my counterops but worry about how the painted on stuff would hold up to wear.

  7. Wow! Your kitchen now has a more streamlined look with your painted countertops, which look like the real thing! Your cabinet doors bring in your unique style and pops of fun colors, too. I notice you have undercabinet lighting which really brightens up the space. I need to find some for our kitchen. Wonderful transformation….or should I say transformations?

  8. You are just too darn clever! I would have never thought of that cabinet treatment in a million years…the placemats would have gone on the table and the utensils would have gone in a crock. LOL You are such a wonderful source of inspiration!

    I am in love with your countertops! I may have to try that on my 1960's formica countertops in both upstairs bathrooms…

  9. Just stopping by to say thank you so much for joining us in Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!
    You are always so inspiring and I just love the creative way you used these cute spoons:)
    xo
    Jemma

  10. Brenda, your kitchen counters look amazing! Love the placemats on the cabinets, that is creative and different! Great job and I know you will enjoy! Pam @ Everyday Living

  11. Splendid job, Brenda! I cannot believe how realistic the final result looks! You definitely have an artist's eye! One can read the directions and follow then to a T but it takes a real eye to know how much colour to add or not to add. Your new kitchen is so cool and serene. Perfect for the dog days of summer.
    I always loved your first kitchen, though. Not a visual overload but certainly visual stimulation. So joyful and
    thoroughly engaging.

    1. I remember I did the side next to the washer/dryer, but I couldn't quite get the other side of the sink to look at all the same for some reason. I had to add a little more of each color. Just dabbing with the sponges lightly until I got the effect I was going for. It is more a matter of preference.

  12. Love it Brenda…the counter top is so nice…Great job once again…I may copy your idea with the place mats…Could you tell me where you got the little lights attached to the bottoms of your cupboards to light up your counter space??..I need them desperately..lol..Thanks..

  13. Fantastic re-do! Love the countertops; they turned out great. Very creative with the placemats and spoons on front of the cabinets. Love the colors.

  14. The counter tops look amazing! Very,very nice. The windowsill looks very 'quiet'..nice but so different than before. I have my blue things in my windowsill. I love to look at them and the plants outside.

  15. Love, love your kitchen. The counter tops look amazing. Can I ask a dumb questions….does the paint have a strong odor? I want to paint my tops but I have horrible sinus problems and I don't know if I could take a strong and long lasting paint odor in my house. Thanks for any info you can share.

  16. I love the placemats and the spoons on the cabinets. It is a really unique and fun treatment! I am like you, I crave color…

  17. Your kitchen turned out great! I've been thinking about redoing my counter tops and you've convinced me to try this product. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. My advice to you: Watch the video multiple times. I even had it on on my desk top near the counters so I could pause and view it again and again.

  18. You are an incredibly creative woman Brenda! I love your cabinets with the black and white check and place mats. Also that Giani product is fantastic. I did the kitchen counters in my friend's beach house and am still amazed at how fabulous they look. I have been kicking around the idea of using it on my island in the sand color you chose. Now I have a great visual on how it may come out. Thanks! Have a great weekend!
    XO Barbara

  19. It's adorable Brenda. I only wish I had Mt desktop to view it on.

    As I mentioned before, our countertops still look good after several years. You'll be amazed how nicely they hold up.

  20. What a wonderful place to contentedly putter in!!!
    Love, love, love the black and white check around the mats and over the fridge! I do miss the colorful bottles on the windowsill…they had a lovely "stained glass" Blessings and Joy to you!!

    1. Those colorful bottle are outside on a table underneath my big sun. I was gifted a gorgeous set of colorful solar lights a few months ago. I spread the lights around the bottles, and it just looks gorgeous at night!

  21. Those countertops look fantastic! You did a great job! Please let us know how they hold up! Love your idea for the cabinets…that says Brenda! πŸ˜‰

  22. I got so excited when I saw that you had posted this….I was on my little iPad and had to run and get the laptop with the bigger screen so I could see every little detail!!! I love your kitchen…and I have loved every single one of your kitchens – we just have such similar style with the color, color, color everywhere! What a brilliant idea to use the placemats on the cabinet doors – seriously, brilliant! I think you're right – a little wood trim would finish them off nicely. The utensils on the doors as a pop of color are too cute for words! And I can't believe how nice the 'granite' looks – really looks great! You'll have to do a follow up after a while to let us all know how it stands up to use. Great job, my friend!!!

    1. I will definitely do a follow-up on how the counter tops hold up in a few months. And I think the wood trim on the cabinets will be next. I just can't decide if I want to take the black and white checks off when I add the trim.

  23. Your kitchen re do looks fresh and original Brenda! I love how you keep recreating your own style but in different contemporary ways over the years, that is very clever!
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

  24. You really are so creative, Brenda. You hit on just the right balance and it looks so fresh and cheerful and ready for a magazine shoot. I have a feeling you'll be happy with this look for a long time. It's a real keeper!

  25. Good Morning Brenda,
    Such fabulous looking counter tops, I just know how much work they were, but wow so worth it!
    Your kitchen always looks amazing, but this is my favorite yet!
    Jemma

  26. Wow, what a vibrant kitchen! I could definitely be inspired in a kitchen like that! I can't believe you made all of these changes in 2 years! That's ok, I also get bored with the same look, I only wish I had more time to change things up. The counter looks fantastic. I wonder if they have these types of kits here in Greece?

  27. It's beautiful! I love it. The window is lovely too, although I really, really loved the vintage treatment πŸ™‚ Enjoy your new kitchen!

  28. The counter tops look beautiful…good work! I love the new valance and although I loved the colored bottles, I can see that they wouldn't really work with it. Your creativity is amazing and I like how you are not afraid to tackle any project or try something new.

  29. So creative and so you, Brenda! Your countertops turned out amazing. I may have to do this. I keep thinking we'll be getting marble or quartz "soon" and then the kids keep wanting to play more sports ($), we need the plumber, vet bills, gravel for the driveway, etc. This could be a good fix. Thanks for sharing! ~julie

    1. With all the men/boys in your farmhouse, I'd go with this. Because I've had real granite and it chips. I'd wait till the boys are in college or married and then splurge!

    1. That was all I could think of for those small doors overhead. Maybe, given another week or so, I could have come up with something else.

    1. I kind of thought the same thing. Looked more like marble than granite. I think it was the extra white I kept adding. But I like it. Thanks!

  30. Oh, Brenda! Your kitchen looks wonderful. I just can hardly believe your counter top is painted on (I do believe you did it, I'm just complimenting you :). Wow! You did do a great job on it and it looks like granite! What a cute idea with the placemats and wooden utensils! You have such imagination. Now get ready, another magazine will be knocking at your door again.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

    1. I think I have the energy level of a 20 year old, and the body of a 70 year old. But my energy always seems to win out and then I'm benched for awhile!

    1. I thought I was just going to do counter tops. Then I started painting everything. Then I started with the cabinets and spray painting the knobs. So what I thought would just take a few days took more than a week.

    1. Like I said, the cabinet doors aren't everyone's cup of tea. But Linda, you're a free spirit like me, and I know you would have done something a little crazy too!

  31. Good job on the kitchen, Brenda! How long did it take for the three different coats on the counter, especially that last one to dry? With my cats I would have to make sure it was good and dry or I'd have foot prints. I read what it said on their website, but wanted to know what the dry time actually was for you.

  32. The counter tops are fabulous! I bet that was a lot of work but it looks expensive. Nice work. πŸ™‚

    I like the kitchen a little less busy.

    1. Yeah, now when I look at that first kitchen, it's sensory overload! Well, it took me a couple of hours to sponge on the three colors. And I kept staring at it to see if I needed a little more of one color somewhere, then would dab a little more of that on. I mean, if you mess up, you could simply roll on the black again and start over. But I finally got in the groove, after watching the video about 25 times, and the job got done.

    2. Brenda, thank you for linking your pretty kitchen with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I'm thinking you are a great spokesperson for the counter top refinishing kit. πŸ™‚

    1. I was so afraid the GianiGranite counter top look was not going to look right with my "stuff." Thus I went to great lengths to try to reach a happy medium.

    1. To me it was somewhat bland before I put up the place mats. Now most people would probably have just been happy that the counter tops turned out so well and a few other things got done. But I just needed more color.

    1. I jump into the middle of a project. And generally I have no idea what I'm going to do. So it's exciting for me to get to the end too!