For the last few months I’ve been talking about how I wanted to put in a wet bar without a sink in our kitchen/dining room area. I know this is going to shock a bunch of you but my house is COLORFUL. The walls are actually neutral but there are quilts hanging everywhere, colored mirrors, Christmas ornaments that hang from the ceiling, and pretty much just general chaos. I had this idea to take out the standard hand me down buffet we had against one wall and install a bunch of random cupboards, but most importantly a mini fridge. This plan landed in my mind right before apple season started so I had to wait to act on it.
My husband and I headed to Restore in Madison to find some old cupboards. I purposely wanted them to be all different sizes and styles to add to the fun of the remodel. We found four cupboards and two lower cabinets. We didn’t need as many on the bottom since we needed to leave room for the mini fridge.
On our journey we made a stop at Booth 121 and I talked to my friend Leah who refinishes cabinets all the time! She gave me some great tips and tricks and I made sure to write them all down. They definitely came in handy!
We took all the hardware off the cabinets and removed the doors. I initially had the whole mess set up in my basement to paint but there wasn’t enough space to do things efficiently so we moved it out to the sports shed.
As you can see I started with the yellow and purple paint colors … that made me nervous. There were a few days I was convinced my house would make people think I was a Vikings fan – I am not.
Once I got a few coats on all the cabinets I felt much better. It was definitely not going to be Viking themed. I decided I needed to be a little artsy with it so I on the purple cabinet I added some fun accents of yellow, blue and red and the blue cabinet got accents of yellow, purple and red, etc. I did have some metallic painted that I added as well – just because I could.
We got a generic countertop from Menards. Some day we may make our own unique one but for now this one works perfectly. I love a good backsplash and had seen others putting up the wallpaper from Hawthorne Threads so I thought I’d give it a try. We put up a couple of strips, liked it and I ordered enough to finish it up. My favorite thing about the wallpaper is that it is a peel and stick type paper so it will be easy to take off when we’ve had enough.
I didn’t plan out the wall paper intersections very well so I plan on still hanging up some framed photos to hide that a bit. As I look at this picture though, it’s pretty hard to even see where the intersections are. I’ll get another picture when the counters a bit more cleared off … hopefully. I know myself too well thought and this is probably the cleanest it will look.
So – that has been my project for the last couple of months. It turned out just like I pictured it and I am loving all the extra storage space!
I’m obsessed with Restores. I wander around them so frequently I’m often asked if I work there 😆
I love the colorful, eclectic look of these cabinets. So nice that you have space to put in those cabinets. They would make great storage! I have few cabinets in my kitchen, but no room to put in more.