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Kitchen Redo(ne)!

If you have followed my blog for a while and have an incredible memory for random facts, you may remember that we had planned on totally renovating our kitchen almost a year ago.  Well, after many quotes, many conversations and much stress, we settled on a minor renovation of our kitchen instead.  We had planned on completing the whole project ourselves: painting the cabinets, putting in new counter top, floors and lighting, and painting the walls as well.  But somewhere around December the project stalled.  Luckily, my husband's graduation and our plan to have a party for him pushed the project to completion. After finsinhing the cabinets, we decided it was time to call in a professional to finish the job.  And I am so glad we did!!  Because we hired a contractor, we were able to have a bulk head removed. The bulk head used to have cabinets on it when the house was first built, but an owner had them removed a long time ago and it no longer had any purpose.  Having it gone really opened up the room.

Here are some before and after pics:

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After

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The ugly lighting . . . you can see the new lighting in some of the after pictures.

 
What we did:
- In case you cannot tell, our cabinets are metal.  I wanted white cabinets, but knew it would not work with these.  Luckily, I saw cabinets painted this color on Retrorenovation and was sold on the color.  The doors were taken off and spray painted and the cabinets themselves were painted using Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kit.  We then added handles to all doors and drawers.  I am not going to lie, there were many times that I wanted to take a hammer to the cabinets so we had no choice but to buy new cabinets.  These are 40 yr old cabinets that are no longer made.  The hinges are unique and cannot be purchased.  A few broke in the process of taking the doors off (some were rusted on to the doors).  I had to be patient.  After a few months, I was able to find some in the trash at a house that was getting renovated! I took EVERY HINGE they had.  Now I have an abundance of hinges for the future!!  But, I really like the way they turned out.

- New counter top.  This is laminate counter top. We had planned on buying the in stock laminate counetrtop at Lowes, but after watching a friend work on it and install it in his own home, we decided we were better off spending a little more money and getting it pre-cut (we are not handy at all!).  I love the new sink and counter top.

New floor


- The floor.  Love it!!  Believe it or not, those are peel and stick vinyl tiles with a beveled edge to make it look like it is grouted.

- The lighting.  I never liked the lighting in our kitchen before.  After our contractor installed our new lighting, I just stared at it.  It is beautiful.  I love the light it casts in our kicthen. 

- The paint.  This is the second color we chose.  I had another color chosen and purchased, but after the counter top and the floor went in, I knew I wanted more of a steel gray color. (Luckily our contractor had to do the project in a different order than normal!).  Love it!

Chalk door
- The chalk door. I have seen these on Pinterest and decided I wanted one in the kitchen.  We can put scripture on it, do math on it,write our One Thousand Gifts List on it.  It also helps to cut down on the clutter on the walls.  No more signs that say what day it it, etc . . . it can all be written, when needed, the on chalk door!

Why we chose what we chose:

- Simply: COST. We wanted to make the biggest difference with a minimal amount of money.  We did not put much money into the kitchen, overall, but I think it turned out beautifully!

Comments

  1. Your new kitchen is beautiful! I love the counter tops and the new look of the cabinets and how you put shelves below and above the cabinets. I need more cabinet space, but that's not going to happen with my kitchen being so small. Great work and planning!

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    1. Sarah- That shelf was actually there before . . . we had removed it to paint the cabinets and walls. I like the shelf too, with exception that the braces for it are uneven on the walls! I do not notice it as much when there is stuff on it.

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  2. That looks wonderful!!! I think the darker wood looks more expensive than lighter wood. And the counter and floors look great too. Plus it just looks so clean and clutter free - something I don't see often enough over here :)

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    1. Colleen- Those are metal cabinets. The light wood look is totally that, just a look. They looked more fake in persan that in pictures, I guess!

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  3. Great color choices...and VERY impressive transformation without buying a ton of stuff. I am most impressed with the hinge hunting!!

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  4. Good job Pete & Katie!

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  5. Looks great, Katie!

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  6. What a difference! The cabinets look great! And I love the gray you chose...do you happen to remember what it was called and who made it?

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