My Kitchen Remodel 2006 to Today
Hubby and I started this kitchen remodel back in 2006 with a budget of 3 grand. I have to admit when I watch TV Home Improvement Shows and you hear people say their remodel budget is going to cost $35,000 my response is usually something like "Are you kidding me?" When we first bought our ranch home in 2005 we had gold appliances that we replaced with stainless steel ones within the first 5 months, so luckily our budget was able to get stretched pretty far.
Now I admit my kitchen is pretty good size (compared to the 8'X10' kitchens we saw while house hunting!) and it had good bones. We had cabinets that were solid wood and a nice pantry. It didn't have a dishwasher, but thanks to hubby...4 hours later, I finally had the latest and greatest thing I could ever have. Even though he was not thrilled when I met him at the door after he had worked a 10 hour day and told him that the dishwasher had been delivered and I.... was..... just.... curious when he was going to to install it <smirk>. Hey, I fed him dinner first!
Here are a few pictures of the before:
When discussing reno budget for this kitchen...hubby asked "How much?"...I said probably 12 to 15 thousand...His response was a very polite no...Then he gave me the sweetest kiss ever in a meadow filled with wildflowers.... Ok, that's a big fat lie....it had a little more testosteroney cheap response that contained the word "hell" & "no" in it...lol.
<yeah I know...insert your eyeroll here, cuz that's what I did too>
Instantly I knew he has no idea how much things cost....so here comes the devious wife part....I'll do it in stages....cuz I'm going to get what I want. I do the work in this kitchen..."Uhhh baby....how about 3 thousand?"..I got a yes...whew!...so for that kind of money I started at this point in the spring of 2009.
This isn't even as bad as the kitchen used to look like, because I forgot to take pictures when we had the gold appliances and the burnt old counter tops that were......are you ready? They were white with little multi colored squares... they looked like confetti! Yeah, I know.. ewww! Did I mention it also had cream/orange wallpaper with canisters & huge hydrangeas? The Hydrangeas were PINK! Nobody...and I mean nobody can ever say I don't have vision.
See! I saved a piece of the wallpaper.....thought I was kidding? It came off like butter!....Took me and my friend Joni longer to wash the walls then it did to strip the paper...
We bought inexpensive counter tops to tide us over, if I had known Hubby would win the
argument debate on cabinet stain.....I'd have picked a light color. But hey...I'll pick my battles. Did you notice the lovely checkerboard flooring? I finally stopped trying to scrub it in clean...it reminded me of playing hop scotch...in dirt.
Don't ya just love the vent hood that doesn't do it's job and shoots grease on your cabinets?
Now here are some of the pictures when we first got done...(this is the 3 grand reno part)
It took us about 2 weeks of staining the cabinets, changing the hinges, adding decorative molding to the cabinets, laying the floor, adding new faucet, sink, vent hood and pot lights...
I have to admit they don't look like the kitchen next door, but I still need white colored counter tops.
At this point I still had 3 kids in this house, so an eat-in-kitchen was needed at this point. The 4 seater table I bought at JcPenny's to replace my existing table (not part of my 3 K reno, I purchased this in 2010) has a great leaf that expands, but at this point we were really only using this kitchen during breakfast time.
Here is my pantry door and to the left of that is the hallway.
I had to update the cabinets....there is a lot of darkness going on in this kitchen, you can tell that I had painted the walls over the years to a silvery purple but things really need to be lightened up. Sooo OFF with the doors!
This year my oldest daughter bought me the most gorgeous set of white dishes for Christmas and I knew as soon as I saw them, I'd want to showcase them so I'd see them when I walk into the kitchen.
Showcasing them would mean finishing of the interior of my cabinets.
Remember the before?
Here is a peek of the inside before I started.
In the pic below, the dish cabinet has a temporary piece of plywood in the back (left side). I wanted to test my theory on stains and am glad I did......it wasn't dark enough to make my white dishes pop.
Cost for this part = $30 Dollars. $10 in stain and a $20 dollar piece of beadboard as a test panel.
I used some black krylon paint and painted the shelves down in the basement. Hubby also cut me another shelf to add to my dish cabinet.
You know the only problem with men being contractors? They hardly every put dishes away. If they did; they'd know to have more shelves and pre-drilled holes for the shelf brackets.
Why only 2 shelves? to have extra air space? Cuz they like having to pick bowls up to put a saucer underneath?
I love the idea of adding one more shelf....it gave me two more options....I could have bowls all by their lonesome with their own little home. No more picking them up to put a saucer away. Does that bug anybody else? Cuz I hate that! The second option was to just have 2 out of 3 sets of my white dishes in one cabinet and on the top shelf I put an antique white pitcher and some small white platters that I use quite often.
I've always wanted to showcase my dishes but was waiting for the $ so we could purchase a router and just insert glass in this cabinet but maybe taking the door off will work. I heard a rumor that in cabinets more heavily used you don't have to dust, so I'm going to test that theory. (If you read a later post showing me inserting glass into my doors....then you'll know the dust bunny came to harass me again)
Below is the pic that inspired me to make a early morning run to the home improvement store:
Simply gorgeous isn't it! The dress is too... I found this while searching for painted cabinets online. The source is an Interior Designer, her names Kelly Wearstler....she is amazing... as you can tell by this pic.
OH! my new dishes that inspired this project.....
Thanks Caitlin!! Mommy loves them!
ANOTHER UPDATE (1.03.13):
I finished both cabinets and also took the doors off and bought 2 plate stands ....here are some pic's showing both. The mirrors and glass shelves will come in a few weeks. I'll take a few
boxes of cookies bucks each week out of my grocery budget...my butt will thank me in the long run...
Everybody is making beautiful tablescapes, sharing yummy looking desserts for Valentines day. You know what I've been doing for almost 3 weeks?
I'm painting my kitchen, and not just painting the walls, nooo....I HAD to re-paint my CEILING too.
Looking at it below it was looking kinda dark....moody. No wonder I got a terrible cold during the painting process.
Why can't I just leave things alone? I know that's what hubby is thinking. But my brain just doesn't work that way... I used to think that it was because I picked the wrong color, or the wrong couch, or I wasn't getting the layout right...I USED TO think that if I found the RIGHT piece, I wouldn't want to ever change it. It didn't even occur to me that maybe change was updating things, or just evolving....I mean, if women get like fine wine with age....why can't my kitchen?
So all those nay sayers who keep saying "why do you keep changing things?!?" I say:
This is me....Deal with it...
If the size of my behind keeps changing, then so can my kitchen.
So, here are some before pics...the walls are a purple color with a lot of grey in it. I wanted a "cold" color at the time because after re-staining our kitchen cabinets a dark ebony there is a lot of warmth in this kitchen.....and I like Opposites.
Another before pic.....this one below is my back door.....its really the door everyone uses. It's more functional for hubby because being a field mechanic, he is rarely sweet smelling and clean when he comes home.....so he walks right downstairs (after a kiss hello) and goes straight to the shower.
God love him, because I HATE the smell of diesel fuel.
Are you overloaded on pictures yet?
4 coats of flat white on the ceiling...it's still wet on some areas. Can you tell I was anxious to share it with you?
Buh Bye Purple!
The new cream color made it so much brighter that I had to close the blinds because of the glare. At least I picked a good time to paint... It snowed almost everyday and was like 7 freaking degrees outside.
My timing was perfect!
If you look closely at the window you'll notice the trim has been removed....it's SO much easier to paint and quicker then taping it up. They even make a small tool that looks like a baby crow bar for this job. I think it's called a Jamb remover?
New Chandelier bought in 2012 (Home Depot)
The new colors.........
The back stair wall stayed the same color, I added some much better looking hooks, and 3 times more then what I had before...and I mixed in some pretties too. A wicker basket for texture, a small bucket (spray painted brown) to hold small incidentals. Most of the items shown are from Hobby Lobby or World Market. I'm still on the hunt for a better chandelier for this back entry but I'll find one...
The "WISH" picture (bottom) is just propped up, I'm trying to stay with browns and creams on this wall and I'm not sure I want to add this picture back.......but we'll see.
The wall color is a cream from Behr. I just took the "vein" color in my ebony cabinets and added 40 percent more white to it. I wanted the colors to "relate" but not match.
In certain light the color comes across a soft buttery cream and really lets light bounce around the room.
The pic's aren't really doing it justice.
a little decor on the cabinet tops...and I think I'm about done
I still have the dark laminate countetops...
But remember my devious plot to overthrow the cheap budget monster in 2006?
Because at this point I've spent about 9 thousand if you include repainting 3 times, appliances, a better chandelier, curtains, new back door.
Happy Girl Dance......New Counter tops!
Momax Marble and Granite even installed them during the snow storm! We got about 9 inches of snow yesterday....thanks a lot Phil. (Doing my impression of Yosemite Sam when he was swearing at Bugs Bunny)
No more black laminate...
I'm doing the new countertop dance
New under mount sink... I also bought a smaller one piece sink that has a new seamless drain....gives a whole new meaning to "right down the drain".
At this point in the reno we probably have spent about 11 thousand over 7 years, the countertops were a little over 2K...but hey...we never had to take out a home improvement loan...so far the only thing we have paid others to do is install the countertops....soooo glad hubby is handy!
I managed to put a few items back in my kitchen, but not everything...Now that I have great bones in here I don't want to cover it up.
The granite is called Bianca White.
and then my last addition....I added mirror to my dish cabinet. The glassware cabinet is next...
And as for now.....well as of December 2013 here is what it looks like now...
I hope you enjoyed your kitchen tour through the years it took me to get it here...