Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kitchen facelift!

So awhile back Brian and I decided the kitchen needed some love.  We are by no means able to do an entire kitchen reno, considering the costs are so high and we are tackling an entire house, not just a kitchen. I will post a picture of what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house, but for now check out it's most current state.

We took all the cabinet doors down, sanded them, bought new hardware (for a dollar each at Ocean State Job Lot-they are at least $4 at Home Depot or Lowes), painted them, then cut out a section of cabinets to make room for a refrigerator, removed the soffet from above the cabinets, then hung them back up.  Oh, we also ripped up four floors that were there before and tiled a new one and painted the backsplash to save money from having to retile.  We also knocked down the wall from between the kitchen and the laundry room to go from a galley kitchen to an eat in.  And...painted the walls.  Whew!  Yeah, we did a lot.  The first picture shown is what it looked liked after we painted the cabinets.  Excuse the mess, you know how reno can be.  Also, excuse the box o'wine.  It legitimately was left by a friend.  So let me cut to the chase...I never loved the brown paint.  In fact, I never really liked it.  Brian loves dark colors and I love light airy colors.  Well, about six months has passed and I'm still not diggin' the kitchen.  I don't like to cook in the first place so I really need to make this room feel like a place that I want to be in.  And with that idea, the kitchen was about to redone AGAIN!

More pics to follow...for now I'll let you in on a little secret...
We are:
  • repainting cabinets a lighter color
  • applying picture frame molding to all cabinet doors
  • replacing the cabinet faces on the metal cabinets (yeah, half our cabinets are metal)
  • ordering new countertops
  • repainting backsplash, possibly applying some tile tattoos
  • finally adding curtains
  • trying to find a stainless stove and dishwasher for practically free (I realize this may be quite difficult)


  1. My preference for kitchen countertops go towards the medium to darker colors because they tend to hide stains from spills better if they end up penetrating the sealant, but as long as you're happy with the end result and you stick to the maintenance directions you will be ok.

  2. Thanks Hann! I completely agree with the darker colors idea. We actually chose a pretty dark color...can't wait to show you the update!