Dean and I are doing something we have NEVER done before. We are joining the exciting craziness that is the One Room Challenge™ to make over our modern farmhouse kitchen!one room challenge logo

Well, it’s week three of the One Room Challenge and we’re making some progress for sure…but there’s still lots to do.

Here’s where we’re at with our to-do list:

  • remove most of the upper cabinets
  • remove existing tile backsplash
  • remove existing island
  • install shiplap backsplash/wall treatment <—started but not yet complete
  • build a larger island
  • install farmhouse/apron-front sink <—started but not yet complete
  • ‘wrap’ island and paint
  • add some lower cabinets and a desk space <—started but not yet complete
  • prime and paint lower and upper cabinets that stay <—started but not yet complete
  • change out some hardware
  • install countertops <—started but not yet complete
  • install new range hood and custom range hood cover
  • install open shelving

Since this is our third kitchen renovation, we sort of knew what we were getting ourselves into. But in reality, any renovation is a challenge: for example, the faucet took longer than expected to install because the new butcher block counters are SO THICK we had to get additional plumbing parts – on a long weekend, no less!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Another example: I was hoping to paint the existing cupboard doors in place rather than removing them. Unfortunately,  that turned out to be more difficult than I thought given how tight some of them were to the adjacent cabinets. So yesterday I removed most of the doors and moved them out to the garage. This, combined with the damp weather and subsequent slower drying times for the primer, has slowed this part of the project down significantly.

BUT progress is being made. And even a little progress is still progress, right?!

As you saw in last week’s post, the island got wrapped in shiplap (we’ll share more about all the shiplap in another post) and painted in three coats of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black Island

As for the kitchen cabinets that remained from the old part of the kitchen…last time we painted kitchen cabinets we used Benjamin Moore, but I wasn’t entirely happy with  how it withstood constant use. So this time we chose to use a quality primer plus Fusion Mineral Paint.

Fusion is exceptionally easy to apply, made from a Zero VOC formulation with high hiding coverage and a built in top coat. We’ve used it on a few projects in the past like our old house’s entryway walls and a secretary desk.

Well the cupboards that remained from the old kitchen are getting primed with Zinsser BIN 2 primer…

Zinsser BIN 2 primer on kitchen drawers

And then painted with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement – which was the closest color to the Haggeby cabinets that we chose from Ikea for the kitchen addition.


two coats primer, one coat paint

So far the drawers above have one coat of primer and one coat of paint. They will be getting at least one more coat of paint, maybe two. All the other cabinet doors are out in the garage mid-priming and painting. I can’t wait to finish them and bring them back into the kitchen – it’s hard work keeping our puppy Jackson out of the cupboards with no doors to deter his little snooping self!

Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black and Casement

I’m also getting a little antsy to have the entire modern farmhouse kitchen makeover finished – and to have my main floor back to normal again!

Have you ever used Fusion Mineral Paint? If so, what did you paint with it?

This post sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint and Zinsser. All opinions are my own.


– Our Kitchen Before and Why We’re Starting with the Appliances with The Home Depot

– Inspiration Board, Sources and Sponsors

Rebuilding a Larger Kitchen Island 

Repainting the Existing Kitchen Cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint 

Installing and Painting a Shiplap Backsplash with HANDy Paint Products

Choosing the Perfect Appliances for Us with The Home Depot

Butcher Block Countertop Reveal with Lumber Liquidators

Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover REVEAL!

Appliance Features We Adore with The Home Depot

Custom DIY Range Hood Cover with Broan NuTone


shannon photo and sig oct 2022

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  1. Wow! Lots of work. Love Fusion and have used to paint furniture – usually one coat. Never thought of using on kitchen cabinets though – mind you doing a few coats would be costly ?. Cannot wait to see finished kitchen. Btw – ❤ the shiplap.

    1. It is a lot of work! Lol. But that’s okay, it will be great when it’s finished. No matter what you use to paint a kitchen it HAS to be quality so it will cost a bit. But it’s still cheaper by far than replacing all the cabinets.

  2. Did yo use a brush or roller on your cabinet doors? Doe the mineral paint need to be dilutes like the Annie Sloan chalk paint? Makeover is looking good !!

    1. I used a brush in the grooves in the shiplap on the island, but am mostly using a roller (on of those small ones that has the roller material around the end too for no scratching the corners) on the rest of the surfaces. And no, no diluting for mineral paint. 🙂

  3. Love the island so far.
    Great job to you both.
    Oh, and Shannon, you said to remind you to wash your painting clothes!

  4. It’s coming along beautifully Shannon. Love the little peeks of shiplap on the back wall too, It’s so exciting watching it transform each week!

  5. I’ve used Fusion Mineral Paint. I don’t love the feel/texture of it as much as Van Gogh Chalk Paint, however we will see how durable it is…. I painted a dining room hutch and buffet. Love the color options; I used Homestead Blue (I think that’s the name!)

  6. Hmm, maybe I will try repainting my tired old kitchen cabinets. Your’s are looking great. Thanks for the paint information.

  7. Love it! I’ve heard of Fusion but was wondering where you can buy it? Is it available at Lowe’s or Home Depot or do you order online?
    Thanks Shannon!

  8. I am obsessed with your shiplap island! It is gorgeous! I love the contrast of the black with the warm wood grain in the butcher block. And I have never even heard of the mineral fusion paints before reading this.

    1. Thank you, Lauren. 🙂 I adore the contrast too. And I’m glad I could introduce you to Fusion Mineral Paint!

    1. Thank you, Lora. 🙂 It turned out really nice and even though we ended up selling it, a friend has enjoyed it!

  9. I painted my kitchen cabinets with Fusion Mineral paint and they turned out amazing! I topcoated the outside with a satin polyurethane because the paint is very flat. The paint is so easy to use, no priming required – I love it!

  10. I’m trying to find a fast way to change/paint oak cabinents that have polyurethene coaing to go with a farmhouse looking kitchen.

    1. Hi, I really loved the open shelving and brackets. I was excited to see where purchased and it just says “diy” can you share what kind of wood and where the brackets were purchased? Overal the kitchen is lovely!

    2. Hi Jenna,

      Yeah, they were a DIY. Hubby works in a sheet metal shop, so he made them there. You can find similar brackets here though (affiliate link): The wood is just plain old pine from Home Depot or Lowe’s, stained with dark walnut oil-based stain.

      I hope that helps!