Our kitchen looked bad. Like really bad. It screamed 70s and the green counters that went up the wall made me cringe. I'm sure many people looked at our house when it was for sale and turned around and never looked back. We saw a lot of potential though. For an older home, it has an open layout to the dining and living room that's so popular in today's homes.
Here are some before shots of the kitchen:
And here are the afters:
|Nevermind the cat. He was trying to strut through all my pictures.|
Believe it or not, we did all of this for less than $800 and about half of that went to the plumber and electrician. If you have a kitchen that already has a dishwasher, microwave above the oven, and water line to the fridge this redo will cost you much less. We also bought new appliances which aren't added into the $800 - I count them as a separate (non-diy) expense.
Our first task was to remove all the cabinet doors and the hardware. Sounds easy, right? It's actually really time consuming. Come up with a numbering system and label the doors so that when you put them back on you don't end up pulling your hair out because you can't figure out what goes where. We used blue painters tape and a sharpie.
|My awesome father-in-law removing all of the handles and hinges.|
|Look at our supplies. What a mess.|
|Dad working on raising the island.|
|This stuff smells really bad. We sanded after it dried.|
|Beadboard wallpaper was used for the actual doors to cover up the design.|
|Our basement is unfinished which has been a blessing in disguise. It's a great place to do big projects like this.|
|My wonderful mother-in-law helping wallpaper.|
We painted all of the cabinets with Dutch Boy Cabinet and Trim Paint in Antique White.
|My best friend|
Next project: I felt like the line of cabinets above the island portion of the kitchen separated the kitchen and dining room. My first thought was to knock them out, but I would have lost tons of cabinet space. Plus, I wanted a place to display my great grandma's china and our wedding gifts without taking up floor space with a traditional hutch. My husband was nice enough to make that row of cabinets have glass inserts on both sides. This was not an easy project, but I'm so glad we did it. It really opens up the two rooms and brings more light into the kitchen.
|After: Glass Cabinets|
|After: Great place to display great grandma's china|
1. Cut a hole into the original cabinet (whatever size glass you want).
2. Glue and nail trim around the front. Make sure there is a lip that hangs over for the glass to rest on.
3. Use clips on the back to hold the glass in place.
4. Be patient. This is time consuming.
We used this tutorial:
It's very helpful and has many more details than what I just gave you.
We replaced all of the light fixtures in the house.
|This was on sale at Menards and had a rebate. Ended up being $49.99.|
|Patriot light on the left from Menards. The one on the right is from EcoStore and was $10! It was nickel so I spray painted it with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.|
Click here for the link to an example, although they're not doing a rebate at this time:
I also redid our countertops (approximately $40) and backsplash ($12) as some of you saw on my facebook page. I'll do separate posts on this blog since those projects deserve their own space. Eventually I'll post about the awesome deal we got on the flooring that you see in the kitchen. It flows throughout the dining room, living room, and hallways. If we add in the cost for flooring for just the kitchen, it probably put us around $1,000 in total costs. Our new appliances are from Sears and Home Depot. I know stainless steel is the "in thing", but I like the look of black and thought it went better with our space... and it's cheaper!
For as little as we spent, I couldn't be happier with our new kitchen. Is it perfect? No! I see many areas that need touch ups, but it's certainly better than it was. It took us about 10 weeks start to finish. My husband works for the federal government and was on furlough for a couple weeks during the big shutdown so he got a lot done during that time. If he wouldn't have been off I think we'd still be working on this through Christmas!
P.S. Huge thank you to our families who helped us with various projects in this kitchen!!!