Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Out With the Old...(Kitchen Redo: Before)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We have been in the new place for a couple of months and we are finally ready to reveal the results of our first project. It is the biggest and most important one of all, the kitchen. It was also the most frustrating, the most time consuming and I think it is the one that I am most proud of. But first, here is what it looked like before.

so dark and dingy...
It started out with nothing but wood. Everywhere. Pine floors, and hardwood counter tops on stained wood cabinets. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the detail and the warmth that wood elements give to a room, but it was like a hardwood overdose. All the same color and very boring. I don't know about any of you, but I like my kitchens bright and cheerful. Not dull and dark and monotonous. And since we have mostly tongue and groove pine walls on most of the first floor, It needed something to break it up a bit.

beautiful detail in the countertops.
There is so much detail in the counter tops, that the original cabinet stain just washed out everything. I mean, the floors are amazing and so are the counters, why hide it? From what I understand, the flooring for the lower level of the house as well as the front door and kitchen counters, is alleged to be reclaimed wood from decommissioned boxcars. It looks to me like the floors still have the original finish but it's well maintained. I was in love the minute I walked in the front door. Well, maybe not with the old, dirty and busted appliances. Yuck.
The nasty old cooktop

the perfect place for a stainless french door model

The plan:
  • New stainless steel appliances
  • Fresh paint
  • Updated lighting
  • Refinished kitchen cabinets with new hardware
  • A special  new place for the old ugly dishwasher    
The Budget: 
We didn't really have much of one. We probably should have, but I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. Much to my husbands chagrin, of course. We had an idea of how much the appliances would cost and for the lighting, well if my husband didn't like the price tag, I didn't get it. And that's how it went. 

We did the work ourselves, except for installing the appliances and I can't wait to post the results of the finished project. Although we finished it weeks ago(except for some minor accessories) I am just now getting around to posting this. We also had the swimming pool restored right after the kitchen and, well, I find it difficult to tear myself away from it and get anything remotely important done around here. Can you blame me? Floating in the pool is such hard work, but someone has to do it.  

The intention was to keep it country(but not too country) and blend it with a little bit of modern. I used photos that I found on Pinterest.com and from Google searches as inspiration, so it's a mix of those things. I will post the transformation photos in the next blog post. 

As for the old ugly dishwasher we saved, it is now in its rightful place in the yard:

Backyard Shootin'

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