Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kitchen Transformation in Progress!

Can I just tell you how excited I am? My husband and I have been living in our current home for about four and half years. We have done some upgrades to several rooms (paint, crown molding, change of light fixtures, etc.), but one room we haven't done any upgrades to (other than new appliances) is our kitchen.

The heart of our home and we have neglected it. But not anymore...

My husband is off on vacation this week, and being the amazing man that he is, instead of resting up and enjoying his free time, he is redoing my kitchen. The progress so far is astounding me. I know that I am going to fall in love with this kitchen when it is all done, and I get to put my finishing (decorating) touches on it.

Here is a shot of our kitchen when we first moved in:

And here is a detail shot taken a couple of years ago (you can see the FFF on the stove - the reason we needed a new one -  it died on us but we wanted to replace it anyway).
This kitchen has good enough "bones" you might say...just needs some lovin'. That being said, we are on a very tight budget. Having two little ones both still in diapers, and only one income is reason enough for us to be super thrifty with this re-do.

So how will we go about doing that?
-First, we have already upgraded our stove and dishwasher. The new stove is all white to match the dishwasher and refrigerator. We also purchased a microwave to fit above the stove. I actually picked it up at a yardsale down the road for only $15 (and it works great). It is white also. My husband gave me a brand new Samsung dishwasher for Mother's Day last year and it is a godsend - it is so much roomier than the previous one. Anything to make a mom's chores easier is a blessing.

-Next, and the biggest transformation, is with the cupboards. My husband is lowering them all about four inches since they are up so high (and we are both on the short side). He found out they are actually much higher than the average kitchen. It is very inconvenient getting things in and out of them, so even though it doesn't seem like much, four inches will make a big difference.

-We purchased the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit in "Winter Fog" (gray) and my husband has been working hard the past two days to get them all de-glossed, painted and sealed. I didn't believe before he started that they would look like new cupboards, but they do!

-Once he finishes that process, we will be purchasing all new hardware for the cabinets and drawers.

-I am also going to finally realize my dream of having open shelving in the kitchen. My husband is going to take down the three corner cupboards on the right. I can't wait to display all of my white dishes, ironstone collection, glassware and farmhouse decor.

-We will be giving the walls and trim a fresh coat of white paint, and looking into adding a backsplash as well, possibly tile.

-At some point, we hope to upgrade the countertops, but that will be awhile from now. Until then, we may try the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformation Kit. If anyone out there has used it, I would love your feedback.

-I dream of an apron front sink, but we have decided to nix that idea for this house since we only plan on staying for five more years tops (we have practically outgrown this place as is). But, we will be upgrading the faucet. My husband already picked one out that he likes. It is very "industrial" looking, which works for me.

-We plan on replacing the current light fixture, possibly with my grandparents chandelier that they passed down to me a few years ago. It will definitely fit with the "farmhouse" style the rest of the room will have. My husband will also be installing a light fixture above the sink. I have had nothing there since we moved in and it is definitely not cool to work in such poor lighting.
I am the type of person that is always coming up with "big plans" for everything. One that I have for the space shown below is to remove all of the cupboards and countertop next to the fridge, and create an open doorway that would lead to the playroom. Then to add back storage, create a pantry on the side. It would be quite a bit of work, but it would be great for keeping an eye on the kids when I am in the kitchen, and who doesn't wish for a pantry?
So those are the plans thus far. I am very eager to share the make-over with you once it is complete (or at least further along in the process).

Linking up with...
Fridays Unfolded


Till next time (my kitchen is currently a wreck...but it's all good :)
~Alice W.

21 comments :

  1. It sounds exciting and a really nice gift from your spouse. xoxo

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  2. That's exciting and your plans to transform your kitchen sound great, Alice. I look forward to seeing your make-over pictures.

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    1. Thanks Julia! I can't wait to share the final reveal!

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  3. Good morning, Alice.
    Wow! It's going to be amazing! And how sweet of your husband to take this on during his vacation. Looking forward to seeing the results, and I hope you'll share your opinions on the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit too!

    ~ Lin

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    1. yes, I will definitely share my opinion! so far so good!

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  4. It all sounds wonderful Alice... you have such a way of making everything beautiful, I know it will be fabulous... I love open cupboards and have always wanted a skirted sink (Jack does not however, darnit!)... enjoy your week with your hubby home, how sweet of him to spend his vacation in the kitchen... but I know he loves your home as much as you do... xoxo Julie Marie

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    1. I wanted a skirted sink too but with two little ones and Renoir it would never work here! haha. They are so charming and cute though :)

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  5. Thanks for the great ideas about using the countertop transformation kit. I think that might be my next project. Can't wait to see your progress!

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  6. I'm excited for you! We try to do the best we can with what we have and when the day comes that our dreams come true...Yay!! I love the plans you have. You really have a nice roomy kitchen and lots of light and cabinet space. And your hubby is so great! I can't wait to see the reveal!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Thank you Jane! Yes, my husband is a gem! I am so grateful for all the hard work he is putting into it. Can't wait to share the reveal!

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  7. Can't wait to see the transformation. I am sooooooooo glad Josh is lowering those cupboards!!! LOL

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    1. you will be amazed when you see it in person. looks like a new kitchen already and he isn't even half way through.

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  8. How exciting! I like all the changes you mentioned, and you should be able to make it look beautiful even on a tight budget. Thank God for hardworking husbands. Mine has spent many a vacation steaming wallpaper, painting and bathroom gutting. Can't wait to see it all finished and thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thank you Alison! yes, husbands like ours are amazing :)

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  9. Can't wait to see! I have been wanting to do this forever! Maybe I will actually get started this year. ha!
    Blessings~

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    1. That's how I feel Sandi and we have only lived here four years! Do it! :)

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  10. Alice,
    The plans for your kitchen remodel sound beautiful! I also wanted an apron sink 9 years ago when we remodeled our 1898 home, but they were just so expensive, so we forfeited the idea. Just recently at a visit to Ikea, I noticed that they have a great apron-style sink in off white for about $250. Ironically, that's how much we paid for the sink we ended up purchasing then. If you live near an Ikea, I would highly recommend you looking into one of those sinks (if it's not too late:).
    Enjoy working on your "new" kitchen.
    Mandy

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, actually I do know about the Ikea sink and thought about it for awhile, but it would need to be shipped since we don't live close to an Ikea. Sadness. Ah well. In our next home I am definitely going to have one!

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  11. Sounds like you have great plans Alice. My recent kitchen makeover was a dream. I spend even more time in the kitchen now. One thing I would say is to take the opportunity to go through all your tools and equipment. Be ruthless and cull what you don’t use or need. We women do have a habit of collecting small appliances that then just gather dust at the back of cupboards. Take the time to throw out that stockpot you've never used.

    Lisa @ Westinghouse Small Appliances

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