This makeover reveal has been shown before. This occurred over a year ago, but I had never blogged about it.
The first thing that I wanted to do when I got into our ugly fixer upper was the kitchen. The reason that was my main focus was because I wanted to get in my brand new appliances that we bought from Kelly’s Home Center. I wanted to get everything set up so that when those appliances came in that I would be done with the kitchen and be able to enjoy my brand new kitchen! Derek and I had little to no money. Especially after buying all new appliances. My parents bought us the stove as a house warming gift, but everything else was ours. So we knew we had to do all of the labor ourselves and we knew we might have to compromise on some quality (sadly).
This reveal was about a year and a half ago, but I never really shared the whole thing with the blog and so I decided to do that at this point. The BIGGEST mistake and the thing I regret the most is doing the counter tops. I decided to try to paint the counters. It was a huge headache, ended up peeling and then I finally had to take it off (which taking it off was yet another headache).
Okay, so let me share some of the before pictures of this kitchen.
This was the view when we would first walk into the kitchen. I didn’t “hate” the cabinet color, but it was dated. However, I could not stand how horrible the red and brown were. Like, why?
I never knew there was such a thing as “an ugly sink.” When I saw this I realized how wrong I was. There is definitely such a thing as an ugly sink. This picture proves it! The faucet didn’t match the sprayer, there was scratches EVERYWHERE and it looked like nothing would ever get clean in there!
This is the view if you are standing near the counters in the kitchen. Off to the left is the dinning area, the door to the right is where the front room and front door is located and the door on the left takes you to the bedrooms and the hallway.
I wish I had more pictures of my entire remodel. However, when I did this I didn’t have a blog and so I wasn’t as good at taking pictures through the process as I am now.
But the first that I did was I took down several cabinets. The cabinets I took down were around the fridge and above the stove. I wanted a bigger fridge and a microwave that was placed over the stove (to save place). I then took the journey of painting the entire kitchen. I could NOT live in a home with a brown and a red kitchen/dining room. Who would think that was a good idea? Oh so bad! I chose a REALLY light color so that it would brighten up the space.
I then had to take all of the cupboards and cabinets off their hinges so I could prime and paint. I chose a dark gray for our cabinet color. That same gray I painted around the trim and around the door frames. I had to take out ugly cupboard liner throughout all of the kitchen.
Look how ugly those linoleum floors are! Oh my gosh! So then I mentioned something to a family friend about needing new floors and he said that he would be happy to give us all of his flooring for free! What?! SOLD!
So in the end we got a new sink, a new faucet, painted the walls, we painted the cabinets, rebuilt cabinets, got matching appliances, put in new floor, added trim around the cabinets and cleaned it all over! We also did paint the counter tops but I have taken off that since then!
This little corner we decided to make into a kids area where the kids get to eat. So I bought an adorable table for them. They have their meals here and then they get to play here throughout the day. It was such a great purchase.
One of the biggest PLUSES of this home was the huge dinning area. I was excited to get a big beautiful table. We started looking at new table sets and nothing seemed perfect and especially NOT in our budget. I started looking around Craigslist and I figured that I would only come across old fashioned tables. Instead I came across this beautiful table for $300! SOLD! I was pretty excited.
So here are the before and After pictures: