Q&A the Buhrmester's way: So, How do I "remodel" my kitchen wi

So, that's a really really great question!

And it couldn't have come at a better time since Kitchen Week at Buhrmester's is almost upon us Sept. 12th-17th here at the store 10-4 daily! More info here: http://www.buhrmesterpaint.com/workshops-demos

Now, I have questions for you, yes you. Is your kitchen in need of a little or a alot of help? Does it look outdated, run-down, tired, just not as good as it use to? Would you love to remodel but your budget is moderate to super tight or would your just rather spend thousands of $$$ on something else? If you feel like your shaking your head "yes" to alot of this stay with me and read on.

Whether your just starting out and this is your first place or you've lived there 40 years and you just want to spiff things up in a budget-friendly way so you have more money to spoil those grandkids and enjoy your retirement... a low-cost paint-based remodel may be just the thing for you!!!

Paint can do wonders! Let's start from the top and work our way down to the bottom!

1. The ceiling

things are looking up when it comes to the ceiling of a room! Lets go beyond just plain white a little color on the ceiling could go a long way to adding a little extra architectural interest to a room using just paint as your material below or give a little something extra to spice up a room where you have opted to do white cabinets.

Let's take a look at an example below:

Sure this room could have just a white ceiling but the blue really adds just a little something extra don't you think? See more colored ceilings at our pinterest board: What a great feeling put some color on the ceiling. It's just full of great painted ceiling ideas for kitchens and more!

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2. The Walls

Don't forget the wall color can have a huge impact in the kitchen just like any other room! The difference is: in a kitchen where there is less wall space the wall color chosen may be able to be darker or bolder then colors used in another room to really add contrast and interest in wall areas that may be few and far between and not as abundant as they would be in another room of the home. Check out a great example of this below of rich deep walls:

kitchen with rich dark walls

Also, check out this brave bold color example:

So, don't be afraid! Fear not going deep or bold on kitchen walls... It could pay off BIG! Offering great contrast to white or light cabinets and medium and neutral value tones of other kitchen materials like tile, countertops and of course those cabinets!

and now on to the probably the most impactful item you can paint in your kitchen:

3. The Cabinets

If I had a dollar for every person who comes in to paint there cabinets in the last year my wallet would be getting pretty full! and speaking of wallets that, I think is why the band wagon for painted cabinets is getting jumped on all the time and continues to get fuller and fuller: the savings! Countless people have come to us for product and expert project advise after getting estimates for new cabinets or even just refacing there existing cabinets and getting new hardware. The reason? COST!

Let me break it down for you (and I am being super generous!):

stix bonding and adhesion primer: approx. $50 per gal

cleaning prep products: approx. $15

application tools (roller/brushes): approx. $20

advance paint: approx. $47 per gallon

------------so here let's subtotal-----------------------

subtotal: $132.00 plus tax

decorative (i.e. glazing): (optional) $35

new hardware: (knobs, hinges, pulls) $250 (?)

------------------GRAND TOTAL----------------------------

$417 plus tax!!!

So, now price kitchen cabinets... or if you have what do you think about that?! Pretty great huh?!

much less if your cabinets are 10 years plus and probably well-constructed and made of solid wood investing in reusing them is a great idea!

And cabinets can be just white, cream, or black but there is so many more options we can show you! Like gray or navy or other colors (see below). Let us help you find your perfect color!

We would love to show you all the right prep and products to make your cabinet painting project a success! In the video below ray covers some suggested prep you should do before painting your cabinets:

And the next topic is probably not one you would at first think of when it comes to painting in your kitchen but we are creative like that!

4. The Back-splash

when using paint to remodel your back-splash in the kitchen there are couple difference ways to achieve this:

One way is to use a stencil to create a back-splash design as illustrated in our first photo:

Another great idea for a painted back-splash is to install paint-able wallpaper then jazz it up with the color of your choice!

image source: brewster wallcovering

image credit: Brewster Wallcovering

Another great idea is painting or staining wood or bead board and using it as an inexpensive back-splash alternative. As shown below:

image credit: aspottedpony.com

image credit: aspottedpony.com

image credit: http://kedvencotthon.blogspot.com

And let's now forget...

4. The countertops

Countertops can be painted too! Our favorite thing for that is Giani Granite! Watch this:

It's pretty easy with this kit and affordable as most kitchens only take 1 kit and a kit just $75!

tell me someplace you can get great new custom counters for that?! FAB! For more info. visit our webpage:


now for another bit of a more avant-garde thing to paint in the kitchen...

5. The floor

If you have linoluem or wooden floors in your kitchen it is possible to paint them! Exciting i know right?! let us walk you through just the right products and prep here at our store! Yet another big money saving idea here! It's a fun idea that looks great!

image credit: sallypreston.blogspot.com

image credit: Nora Fleming via design*sponge

6. The island (or if you don't have one make one?!)

paint your kitchen island a fun color or a deep rich color like red! See the island going red on this video for our chalktique chalk paint!

A colored island would look great even if other cabinets are black, white or natural wood.