This is a long awaited post, and one that I couldn’t be more excited to share. It may be one of my favorite posts because of the results. To be honest, I forgot what the old Kitchen was and just how much of a change this is! I never meant to abandon this project for so long. Truth is, all the parts to the kitchen weren’t complete until last August, and then Nolan took up all my time/it was never clean enough to take photos But! It’s finally time to show off all the hard work my husband, Aaron, put in.
Our kitchen wasn’t ugly before this reno, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite. I never liked the countertops, and it just never felt homey to me. Our door to our deck is in the kitchen, and Aaron had actually stripped that two years ago (took a long time!) to restain. When it was stripped and a blank canvas, we started brainstorming ideas and decided to redo our kitchen. We never could have done it if Aaron didn’t do the work. It made for long days and he hated me nagging him about it, but he did an amazing job.
However, he took the cabinets down before I had a chance to even take before photos, so I only have one to show you! Oops!
I did search and search until I found a photo of the counters to show you because the above picture doesn’t do them justice..
Few things to note:
- We had a crappy color countertop. See above.
- We had a bulkhead above the cabinets in this picture. On the left is our stove/fridge and those cabinets did not have a bulkhead. Weird.
- We used a microwave that I got for $1 at a garage sale on the table to the left. We also put the toaster oven beside the microwave.
- I’m standing in the entry to the kitchen.
Oh look! I found a photo from when we first moved in.
So there was empty space above the cabinets, and we couldn’t mount any microwave because the cabinets were too low. We also had a useless cabinet above the refrigerator because we couldn’t reach it way in the back. That meant things were left out on top of the fridge, and that just was never our favorite.
With that in mind, we wanted to…
- Get rid of the bulkhead
- Make the cabinets higher
- Mount the microwave
- Add a spice cabinet
- Redo our countertops
- Paint the cabinets
- Get rid of the kitchen table
Aaron got to work with the cabinets first. His dad helped us a ton, too. He went through stripping them, priming them, and then repainting them white. They’ve held up really well! I’ll share more on the products he used in another post. From there, he removed the bulkhead, made the cabinet larger above the fridge, and added crown molding. I painted the ceiling and walls, put up a new light fixture above the sink, and painted the baseboards. I also found and purchased the new kitchen cart that has been a lifesaver with storage! Aaron was going to make one, but I’m so glad I found this and it worked so well!
It was a state of confusion and disaster for months. It was tough to live through, honestly. He finished everything but the counters and the spice rack right before Christmas of 2016. The spice rack wasn’t a main concern for him, so that took a lot of convincing to get done over the next few months, ha. Same with the baseboards. Basically, the kitchen was livable so it was almost good enough and just tough to get those remaining projects done. Then, we had to wait until July to do the counters. We chose to do them ourselves, with the Rust-oleum Countertops. However, you need to not touch at all for 48 hours and then let them sit with light touching for 7 days. There was no way we could get that done without leaving the house, so we chose to do it the day before vacation in July, and hope for the best while we were away.
SO NOW! Here’s the after…
Here’s a look at the Command Center Gallery Wall up close and how to make one yourself
Here’s the fridge which he made the cabinet larger above:
You can see that the cabinets are higher, the microwave is also now above the stove!
We also got rid of the table and put in the kitchen cart…
On the top beside the sink, Aaron added in the spice rack, which is really nice!
And finally.. the countertops…
We love them! They were really easy to do, but you just had to have time to let them dry. I do suggest doing them before a vacation!
And there you have it. It’s a huge change that we LOVE!
One last before and after:
There you have it! Hope you enjoyed.