Thursday, April 7, 2011

According to my 5 year old, this kitchen make-over was EPIC

Just to recap:

I decided to redo my kitchen. I had the "No surface gets left behind" philosophy.

The Cabinets: Structurally okay. The previous owner (who thought he'd update and flip) slapped some stain on. No sanding or other prep work. Okay from a distance, hideous up close. Painted them a very close to white cream.

The Countertops: Concrete. The "Flipper" did them himself and did a HORRIBLE job. Theisland is bowed, they are cracked and awful. I filled in cracks with Magic Putty and it worked fabulously. I sanded, primed, primed, stained, stained, stained, stained, stained and applied a wet finish top coat. I love the look. But the countertops are still crappy concrete. Eventually they must be replaced but these will give us more time.

The Hardware: The cabinets had handles. They were fine for me. The hinges, because they were double overlay or something like that, needed to be special ordered. The hinges alone would have cost more to order then my entire kitchen make-over cost me. So I spray painted them with the oil rubber bronze. They have peeled a little where they open, but it isn't terribly noticeable. They'll be fine for now.

The Backsplash: This is EASILY my absolute favorite detail in the kitchen. It was also EASILY the most tedious part. I hand painted each and every little tile. It required patience (I am impatient) and a lot of time. But it was so worth it. It is definitely the part of the kitchen that makes it very unique and fabulous to me.

The Table: I restained the table. The chairs and table were bought separately and never matched. Turned out to be a horrible project. A nightmare. But I did not want to paint it, I wanted to have some natural wood left in the kitchen. The chairs were already black with a wood seat. I just painted the seat part. I love it. I should have taken the vinyl off for the pictures, but I was lazy. Forgive me? I always said I would never do vinyl on my table. Until my 5 kids destroyed it so easily. So vinyl it is.

A new light fixture, a few new decorations, a curtain. And Voila. It is love.

Let me also recap: This took a LONG time. I did one section and then put my life back together for a few weeks. Then repeated. During the time I was doing this we took several vacations, My husband had a bike crash that required 2 surgeries, months apart, and normal life. I knew it would take a long time. I planned about 9 months, pre-bike crash. I wasn't in a hurry because I didn't want to completely disrupt my family. It took about 10 months. There were several weeks (sometimes even 3 months at a time) that the kitchen went untouch. Specifically during the broken clavicle and post-op times. So technically it didn't take too long, but still.

I spent about $350 total. That included a few new tools. Seriously BARGAIN make-over.

Oh, wait. You wanted pictures???

Fine.

But, for the record, I have told you before I am NO photographer. I wish I was, but alas, not a gift of mine...

BEFORE:

Not horrible in a picture... from a good distance...

The Countertop before we bought:


AFTER:



Bad Photo, taken right after I finished this section, but I forgot to get one from this angle..



Even the old calendar holder thingy got a makeover... cutest bread holder, tray thing-a-ma-jig I've ever had.




This is a bad photo, but it is what you see when you walk from the entry/living room into my Family room/kitchen area. Do you see that? Do you see how bright and cheery and welcoming it looks? I love it it really is so bright and open. The kitchen looks bigger and more comfortable. Which is my goal in my home, I like cute and pretty and all that, but what I love is comfortable and inviting. Somewhere you can just gather with people you love and enjoy each other.

If you want any detailed posts on how I did certain things, let me know, I'll be happy to accommodate.


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27 comments:

taffi said...

my jaw literally dropped. such a difference! it's beautiful, Linsey!

emlouisa said...

I love it!! And our agent told us "there are two kinds of concrete. Cracked and not cracked just yet." LOL!

Tamlynn said...

Wowsa! I love it!

Joselyn said...

Visiting from FFF. You did and awesome job. What a difference paint can make! Beautiful!

Mick Kirsten Thomas said...

Linsey!!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!... and inspiring!

Malisa said...

I'm jealous. Of your kitchen and of your darn creativity.

Christy said...

Stunning!! You did an unbelievable job Linsey!!! Your hours (and months)of hard work paid off! xxo

Jacqueline said...

Your kitchen is stunning! Great makeover...love the backslash. I'd love for you to link this up at my link party today...if you have time of course!
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Jen T said...

It looks so fresh & pretty! Great job! JenT

Ambrosia said...

Holy Moly. Jaw droppage from here too. WOW. You are incredible, Linsey. INCREDIBLE. Very open, happy, fresh and welcoming. I can't believe how awesome those countertops and backsplash look.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Fantastic job, you must be so proud! Everything looks beautiful... the cabinets, countertops, the backsplash... Wonderful, looks gorgeous!
Best,
Gloria

Wendy said...

Wow! What a difference! You have such a bright, beautiful kitchen now!

Lei said...

Love it, even from my phone! Can't wait to go home and see it on the big screen.:)

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

This is great!! Makes me want to bake some cinnamon rolls and sit around and chat. I love it!

Toqua's Crafts said...

GORGEOUS!
You did an awesome job!

hann said...

Wood countertops and plastic laminates in a wood design give your bathroom a definite charm and rustic flavor that is sure to impress. Wood has the added benefit of being a highly affordable countertop material that won’t hurt your savings.

Busy at Home said...

Amazing! I love how much it brightens the whole space up.

The Mustard Seed said...

Hi... Stopping over from the weekend wrap up at Tater Tots and Jello.

WOW!! this kitchen looks great! I am amazed.. and only for about $350... you are my kind of girl!!! So glad I linked up so I got to see your awesome new kitchen.

The Mustard Seed said...

Oh... and I am your newest follower ;-)

Mrs. Everything said...

GORGEOUS!! I'm chomping at the bit to paint my cabs.

What color did you use for your cabinets?

Sommer said...

Oh my gosh you are a rehab godess! I want a white kitchen so bad! Just when I thought I had my lanlord wrapped around my baby finger a pipe burst, flooding the basement. Now I have to wait until he recovers from that expense. I would love if you could stop by and link up to my VIP party tonight. Otherwise it runs every Friday through the weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-10.html

Ann said...

Can't believe its the same space! I LOVE what you did. Looks so fresh!

Mary said...

My jaw literally dropped open too - you are kidding me, right? same kitchen? oh my gosh it is fabulous! Love the colors, love the clean new feeling! You did fantastic! Thanks for sharing it with us at Today's Creative Blog's linky party.

Mary @ Redo101.blogspot.com

Laura Lee said...

Love the white cabinets and your decorating style.

Jenn said...

Amazing transformation!! So beautiful! I would love to paint my cabinets but I just don't think I would have the patience! I also love the fruit basket hanging from the clock. Did you make that? Such a fun idea!

ginajune said...

Stunning! What type of untensil did you use to paint the tiles and what type of paint did you use? Oh, and I so need that hanging fruit basket scale. Love. Thanks, and good job!

Marky Mark's FuNkY Bunch said...

I gotta know a few things! First, what is the name of the paint you used and what brand and what gloss? Second, I LOVE the hanging scale! Where did you get it? Last, where did you get the patience to take on such a project? :) You are amazing!