This past week, I took some time to put this post together and I was so amazed at the amount of work that was done to this house. Out of all of the rooms in this house, the kitchen and our bedroom went through the most changes. The kitchen started out as less than pleasing but when husbs started working on it, he realized that aesthetics were the least of his problems. The floors were completely rotted out and one of the walls had so much damage that he had to support the ceiling with a temporary wood beam while he worked on fixing it. Needless to say, this room has come a long way and I think that you will be amazed at the progress.
I plan to take you on a journey of the progress that’s been made in here, and in the end, point out what other changes we would like to make. Husbs bought this house before we were married and he worked day and night for months to update this kitchen. This is what it looked like when he bought it!
Interesting, huh? The two 2 rooms in the pictures above now make up the entire kitchen! He doubled the size of the kitchen by making the little breakfast nook into part of the kitchen as well. As I mentioned earlier, he was not aware that the kitchen floor and exterior wall were as damaged as they were, so he had to redo the joists of the kitchen floors and replace the bottom half of the wall. He worked SO hard.
After rebuilding the wall and floors, he had oak cabinets built for the kitchen. When he was done, the kitchen looked like this. This is how it was when I moved in.
This is where things got interesting. As I mentioned when I revealed the built in cabinet, I did not like the oak. The cabinets are well built but I just thought that the oak was a little dated. I asked husbs a few times if I could paint them and he was not comfortable with it. “Why would you paint over good wood?” “Once you paint it, you can’t go back!” I dropped the subject and made the best out of it. I saw this picture of gorgeous oak cabinets against blue walls and painted my walls a similar shade. It worked for the time being, but the truth is that our kitchen just does not get enough sunlight for that kind of a look.
In early November, I sat down and had a chat with husbs about painting the cabinets and this time, he agreed! Yay! I was so excited that I didn’t even use his help. I painted all of the cabinets by myself in one weekend. All I did for 3 days was get up, paint, eat somewhere along the way, get a few hours of sleep and then do it all over again. He helped toward the end for a little bit. It was SO much work, but I did not mind! I just kept thinking “must have white cabinets!!!” Next week, I’ll do a post on how I painted them! I love them so much. Now, the kitchen is light and airy and matches the rest of the house!
We still want to update a few things in here. We already added an island. I would love to make some sort of window treatment for the windows. The door will be replaced with something more rustic. I plan to get some jute runners to add some warmth to the tile. Appliances will be updated with time. I am still cooking up a plan for some other form of counter top and backsplash. I would love to add open shelving to the wall that has no cabinets, but I am not sure if it will work out practically. Anyway, we have come such a long way and honestly, I am content here. I am not in a hurry to go spend lots of money to update anything just for the sake of blogging. As we find these things cheaply and are able to DIY other things, the changes will take place but until then, I love this little place.
So far we have about $6000 in this kitchen. That price is for having completely redone the kitchen including the sub-flooring, the wall, and the cabinets. I plan to replace the dishwasher and stove from yard sales and craigslist, so I do not imagine that we will spend much more in this place.
Thank you so much for taking a peak. Go on this journey with us as we continue to update things around here for as little as possible. Have you updated your kitchen? Tell me about it. I love to read what you have to say
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