When we bought this house, we had to move fast. Homes in our area sell quickly- in less than 24 hours often. Our incredible neighbors put their home up for sale and sold it in about 12 hours (to one of my oldest friends, but whatever...). When we were looking at houses, it wasn't uncommon for us to find out that the home was already pending offers by the time we arrived for our showing. It was crazy!
Anyway- by the time we actually closed 2 months later, I couldn't even remember what the house looked like! And after we got those keys and jetted over to see it, I was totally floored by the kitchen.
And not in a good way.
The kitchen and the main floor bathroom were just so outdated, dark and seemingly unfinished. I can't explain it, but everything came off as mismatched. In the kitchen (we'll talk about the bathroom another day), it seemed like someone had just slammed down random pieces of cabinetry here and there and nothing was cohesive. It was extremely disjointed. And some of the counter was warped and falling in.
I was so flustered that I didn't even take before pictures. These are from our walk through, and I don't even have a picture of the stove side, sadly.
The kitchen is an important room in any home, but especially for us. We spend a lot of time cooking and creating there and I wanted it to be a place that was beautiful and where I *enjoyed* spending time. This wasn't it.
Immediately, we painted the cabinets before even moving in. My friend Natalie stayed with me and put about 12 hours into them! Three coats of Valspar reserve (which I maintain is THE BEST paint ever) and they were bright white and gorgeous. We also updated the hardware.
So let's get started!
The kitchen isn't 100% done, but it could be another year or so before all the details are in order, so we will just update then. The lions share is ready! I also want to mention that the entire project cost less than $600. That's including paint, counter tops and all furniture.
Another problem area was filled in by creating a breakfast nook. A little table and a couple of chairs provide easy in-kitchen eating and wonderful Saturday morning respites. We use this area to eat about 5 times as often as our actual dining room table. It was a fantastic addition, and worth all the square footage. A friend of mine found that awesome movie poster for me and it really helps keep the kitchen from looking too country- something I was really scared would happen when we choose butcher block counters.
CHANDELIER and SCONCES). The knobs have held up really well.
When we took the old counters off, I hadn't realized what a mess they would leave on the wall behind their lipped back splash. Isn't that nasty? So I had to cover it with tile- because we were having a BRIDAL SHOWER at our home that weekend!
But I'd never tiled before...
Once your tile is up, just grout and let it dry for a few hours.
I wouldn't call this my dream kitchen, but for $600 it has been greatly improved and I enjoy hanging out in the space. I also think it helped our resale value and has made the home more appealing in general.
We seem to be working on the rooms in a round robin, so I have no idea which one will be ready next. If you have any great kitchen DIY tips to share, feel free to add them in the comments below!All the best, and as always, thanks for reading.