DIY Kitchen Makeover with Leviton Renu Challenge

DIY Kitchen Makeover with Leviton Renu Challenge

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DIY Kitchen Makeover
DIY Kitchen Makeover
DIY Kitchen Makeover

It was a lot of work and a month in the making, but I am finally done with my diy kitchen makeover. I was already planning some redo’s and getting to participate in the Leviton Renu Challenge helped give me that push to get it all done. As a participant in the Renu Challenge, I received some great products to compliment my diy kitchen makeover. The Leviton products included several wall outlets, switches, gfci outlets and wall plates; all in my choice of color. I think they really make my diy kitchen makeover complete!

Technically, my makeover has been in the works since I first moved to my new house. It started with new appliances, since the built-in microwave had been taken and we needed a fridge. This past spring, I was finally able to begin redoing the boring linoleum/carpet flooring. The floor got put on hold for a while, due to some of my health issue challenges (read about them here). After finally feeling better, wrapping up some other projects; I was finally back to kitchen redo mode.

After choosing and receiving my new Leviton products, I got started. I utilized the great diy kitchen makeover products out there for redoing the standard laminate countertops and cabinets. The first step was redoing the cabinets. The kit came with an instructional video, so I watched it. The first step was to utilize the deglosser on the cabinets. We set up a work area in the garage and got to work. The great part about the deglossing step is there is no sanding involved. After deglossing everything, then came the color! I went with Expresso (or as I like to call it: Dark Chocolate), for my cabinets and Java stone for my countertops. The next step, for my makeover, was to use the glaze. The glaze is an optional step, and adds an extra day to the cabinet redo, but I think it makes the cabinets look so much better, so well worth it. The final step was the sealing and protection coat. This one was tricky because it seemed to get a little foamy and you couldn’t leave any residual or it stood out.

Countertops Before/After
Countertops Before/After

In between the cabinet dry times, we finished up my floor project and got started on the countertops. The first step is to sand the countertops to get rid of the glossy layer and allow for the adhesive coat to stick better. Sanding was no fun, but wasn’t too hard. Definitely wear a face mask to prevent your lungs from filling with small dust particles. Next, we applied the adhesive layer, and then, immediately spread the flakes that create the stone look, completely covering the adhesive layer. Then we waited, 12 hours, at least. After the flakes have been able to dry to the adhesive layer, then came more sanding. I had to sand the countertops about three times, to get them smooth and to the point of the sample included, for comparison. Then came any touch ups, for spots that didn’t get covered well enough, or got sanded a little too much. There weren’t too many, so that didn’t take long. Then came the clean up (with lint-free rags, like these), wiping, vacuuming, dusting, until there was no more dust that would come off on your hand.  And finally, YEAH, painting on the protective and glossy top coat.

Chalkboard Paint on Pantry Door
Chalkboard Paint on Pantry Door

I also changed up the color of my walls, by simply painting. All of my light switches, electrical outlets  and wall plates were replaced with the amazing Leviton products. I chose their walnut bark color, to compliment my kitchen DIY. I would love to add more touches through a tiled backsplash and will eventually add some beautiful hardware (like this). All in good time and when it is in the budget. I am absolutely in love with my completed DIY kitchen makeover project and am thankful to have been chosen to participate in the Renu Challenge. It was pretty exhausting, but I would do it all again, to get the amazing final product.

DIY Kitchen Makeover
Amazing Difference

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The Renu Challenge from Leviton