When we first moved into our house we knew the kitchen wasn’t our favorite room – but for our first place it was fine.
Simple white tiles, clean & new cabinetry and fabulous hardwood floors.
And oh, the storage! Oh my gosh the storage. It seemed like a dream. We had previously been living in a tiny townhouse that 3 of us lived in. The rent was cheap but the kitchen was terrible. Like 3 cabinets for everything. So by comparison this kitchen seemed pretty spacious.
However, after the first year in the house, we realized not only was there not enough storage the place was also falling apart! We had knowingly purchased a house that was “mid flip” and so we knew that some of the work was pretty shotty, but the kitchen was the worst. Within a few months, tiles were wanting to pop off the counter, the grout had never been sealed so it stained easily. The kitchen, which had been at the bottom of the remodel list was quickly moved to the top.
This is the kitchen the week we moved in (with a fridge just in the middle of a blank wall) . Nice window treatments eh?
Ok, well it was moved to the top of the list quickly, but ended up not getting started until 2 yrs later. We got engaged, planned a wedding, tore the yard out, lots of other random project. So by January of 2009 we were hating our kitchen. Something had to be done. The budget remodel began.
Kitchen counter tops were most important. Although we reeeally wanted granite – it just wasn’t in our budget. After doing a lot of research we settled on LG-HI MACS from Lowes. They were about half the price as granite but still a solid surface. Sure it’s not the same, but so far we’re been pretty happy.
The other thing i was not loving about our kitchen was the cabinetry. I am not so much a fan of the oak cabinets. They are off the shelf cabinets from Lowes. They aren’t fancy but they do the job. My husband was against painting them (so we settled on keeping the cabinets and simply buying more of the same) We drew out a makeshift plan and did a lot of consulting with my dad. (jack of all trades super handyman and GC on this job!)
On a whim, the last week of December we decided to rip out the current tile countertops.
Once we started there – no going back! I think we ordered countertops and got started doing the rest of the demo.
Our project consisted of the following jobs:
Remove drop in stove & eventually replace
Install additional cabinets
Counter top install (the only thing we didn’t do ourselves)
New sink (came free with the counters!)
Remove drop ceiling soffit that divided the kitchen in half & repair ceiling
wire in more electrical outlets
build soffit on the left side of the kitchen where new pantry cabinet & fridge surrounds went
Remove popcorn ceiling
install can lighting
install under counter lighting
tile back splash
paint (probably the hardest part… what colors?!)
new windowsill (still needs to be done!)
figure out nook seating area, build table
Well we aren’t the quickest weekend warriors. Some weekends we were just SICK of the kitchen and did nothing. My dad helped us like crazy every step of the way. Our garage & family room become storage for everything and our garage looked like we’d been collecting boxes, tools & junk for years.
Memorial day weekend we put the final coat of paint on the walls and called the job done! But, for the next weeks and sadly months ive been hanging art, organizing and finally feel like the thing is done. OH ya, know theres always that little stuff left, like putting the windowsill back on, and window treatments? i’m not sure about what to do for that. OH and we need to put moldings under the cabinets. Right now its just this faux wood stuff they give you with the cabinets. Not super classy or high end looking.
So without further ado… I give you kitchen pictures. Yay!!
I cannot say how nice it is to not hate my kitchen. Cooking, cleaning… everything is just better when you’re working in a room you dont hate.
I still go back and forth between painting the cabinets white – my husband is still against it. So far now, we keep the wood. I look at pictures online of white subway tiles, white cabinets and black counter and i swoon. However, its something we can always do down the road.
I also go back and forth on the paint. When we first were putting it on the walls, it was like Whoa.. is this too green? Sometimes it seems very bright and other days depending on the lighting it seems subdued. When we bought the paint we said “it’s just paint, we can always paint over it” Well, when i finally finished the paint job, i was like good lord i dont want to paint this room again for a long time. Sooo much edging and small spaces. It was tedious. So for now, the green stays and i think it’s really grown on me. I just was really fearful that it would be that room people walk into and say “Whoa, green kitchen.” knock on wood – it hasn’t happened yet.
My favorite part is our little eating nook. Yeah, we don’t sit there much but my etsy art makes me so happy. My knock off overstock.com eames chairs… Major swoon.
I have plans to install some shelving above the long wall for cookbooks, and other pieces of art & knick knacks – but we’ll see when that happens. For now we’re just enjoying the new space.