What seems like a really long time ago, I wrote this house introduction post that gives a brief walk through of the chaos that was our short sale home. We weren’t fazed though and have been busting our rears to whip this place into our dream home since moving in more than a year and a half ago.
My original plan was to reveal each room as we finished it, but reality has finally set in as I’m realizing that no room will ever be completely finished in my mind, and that it might be quite a while before any room is finished enough for a true reveal. So with that I’ve decided to exercise my right as a woman to change my mind and am instead going to give some room updates, so you can see how far we’ve come and in some cases how far we still have to go- starting here with a kitchen update.
Just so we’re all on the same page, here are a few photos of what the kitchen looked like when we moved in.
This was one of the first rooms we worked on after moving in for a variety of reasons. The main one being that it’s a main living area and we use it all the time. Ok, maybe that’s the second main reason. The first would actually be that when we bought it there was no refrigerator and the stove quit working a week later. So we figured we’d better attend to that.
I am not a fan of the original cabinet color at all. In some people’s homes it looks great, but I just felt like it was too country for our style. Besides that, they weren’t in great shape (a theme around here). They were covered with sticky brown residue that looked like either dried barbecue sauce or blood. We’ll go with BBQ… They also had a lot of scratches and nicks in them, and the finish was worn down irregularly.
We’re pretty cheap, if you haven’t picked up on that theme yet, and we had already committed to buying a new stove and refrigerator, so I knew we didn’t have the budget for new cabinets. I thought about staining them, but that seemed like a lot of work, so I decided to paint them instead. It was still a lot of work, but some sanding, painting and new hardware made a WORLD of difference.
Some other things we did- painted the walls a light blue instead of the sea-foam green that they are above, installed a microwave in place of the
old vent above the stove, bought a new dishwasher to round out the appliance update, and built open shelving in place of one of the cabinets. That is probably my favorite project in here, and I’ll have to post a how-to on it soon. Super easy and inexpensive for such a dramatic change.
So without further ado, here is the kitchen now:
It hardly looks like the same room, right?? I love how the painted cabinets turned out. Most people can’t tell its paint at all, since the wood-grain is still visible. The dark color and modern hardware made such an impact, and you can see why I love the shelves. A lot more open and airy.
It’s hard to see in these pictures, but we also replaced the dilapidated gold spider chandelier with a sleeker flush-mount light. I’m not sure if a table would fit in that space, but we certainly don’t have one there, so having a chandelier hanging over nothing seemed awkward, and explaining that chandelier to guests was definitely awkward. Did I mention it shook whenever we ran the washing machine? Yikes.
Anyway, obviously there are still things we need to finish in here. Namely that HUGE fluorescent lighting fixture will hopefully be leaving us soon, which is why I haven’t bothered to paint it, and I’ve already put the new sink on my list of unfinished projects that should soon be finished. I’d like to paint the window trim white and I’ve been looking into refinishing the counter-tops with something like this, but their color options are sadly very limited and I really want something more in the mid-to-light-gray area. I don’t think tan will match at all and black would be way to heavy with the already dark cabinets. So for now, I’m still looking and dreaming.
Well, there you have it. Our kitchen as-is today. Not completely an ‘after’ yet, but getting close and definitely a big improvement over the ‘before’ if I do say so myself.