Saturday, June 6, 2015

One Year! and Kitchen Update

We moved into our secondhand house on June 7, 2014 and we've been non-stop home improvers ever since! There's always something to do...and any project takes 10-20x as long to do with kids than without kids. With that said, I think we've accomplished a good amount and we have definitely made our house a home.

The most dramatic improvement and most time we've spent on a room is THE KITCHEN! I started by painting the cabinets before we moved in. This was a HUGE job both energy and time-wise (it took me probably a week of nap times and after bedtime work) and we didn't get the doors hung until after we moved in. But it was totally worth it. The lighter color makes the kitchen appear so much bigger and brighter, not to mention more modern!

BEFORE

AFTER
Cabinet paint color: Behr Mourning Dove with new oil rubbed bronze hardware
Wall paint color: Behr Tower Bridge




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AFTER




New light fixture found on Craigslist replaced the ceiling fan in the breakfast room. We use the breakfast room daily; Elijah eats breakfast and lunch at his little table in the corner (which was found on the roadside and painted the same color as the cabinets).


Elijah got a "new" kitchen too! We found this old cabinet at the Habitat Resale Store, as well as the faucet. I painted the cabinet to look like an oven and sink. Andrew fashioned an oven door and cut a whole for the dog bowl sink.


 BEFORE

AFTER
 Note: the wainscoting! I love it. This part of the cabinets was really "chewed up" (literally) because the previous owners kept their dogs penned up in this area. Andrew did all the installation of the bead board, and I did all the painting (we're a great team like that). Also, see the secondhand table runner made from doilies from various flea markets. And also secondhand (though purchased before we moved into this house) the breakfast room table, and the "Learning Tower." 

Still on the TO DO list: 
-paint doors to garage, laundry room and pantry bright white
-strip and paint breakfast room table and chairs (I'm thinking candy apple red chairs!)
-refurbish already purchased vintage table fan (it gets quite stuffy in here when cooking in the summer so I can understand why previously there was a ceiling fan in the breakfast room)
-look in to possibly staining the tile grout a lighter color so there's not so much contrast between tile and grout

Someday, waaaaaay in the future we'd like to totally remodel the kitchen. Until then, we are happy with our "phase 1" update as all of the appliances function well and we now have a fresh look.


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