Our kitchen reno is done! Five and a half years after purchasing our fixer-upper I have a beautiful kitchen to cook in! It has always been a nice big space to work in, but now it looks pretty, too!
Being naive in the ways of photography and renos when we bought the house, here is the official “before” picture I took oh so long ago….back when we thought renovating a whole house would be a fun project that we could do by ourselves in a couple of years…..if we only knew then what we know now….
This photo was taken just after we had taken possession of the house – we hadn’t even moved in yet as it would be another month before we were married! I wish we had taken pictures from other angles…but what can you do?
Here are the afters:
I sanded and painted all of the cabinets and installed new knobs and hinges. Hubby did all of the tile work on the counters and backsplash and built me the shelf over the sink (perfect for growing herbs in the winter!) We also installed a new sink as the old one had seen better days….
Hubby installed a new door and I made the curtain for the window. Sometimes at dinner the sun shines right through the window and into our eyes so the shade rolls down when needed.
More of my beautiful painted cabinets! Painting cabinets is a tonne of work! It was a good way to make use of what we already had (and saved us a lot of money on the reno which we could put toward other projects…we are doing the whole house!) but it took me two summers to finish this job. (sanding, priming, priming, painting, painting, painting….) I originally planned on painting the kitchen walls green, but in the end I painted the walls this caramel colour that I am absolutely in love with. The floor is vinyl. With two outside doors into this room it was the only affordable option that would also stand up to a lot of wet foot traffic. The table and chairs were a fantastic Kijiji find – they look brand new! (In our house that look will not last for long…..) I made the drapes for the sliding doors. Making the drapes themselves was a bit frustrating because there was so much fabric and so little space to lay them out to pin them and they kept slipping off the ironing board and sewing table, however, I love the way they look and think the fabric is perfect for this room! This was also my first opportunity to use grommets and I have to say…I love them! I will definitely be looking for more grommet projects in the future – they are so fun and easy to put in! And they look good, too!
One of my favourite things in the new kitchen is this spice rack.
My aunt collected them over a number of years and she recently gave them to me as she was moving to a smaller home. I had such fun opening all the little boxes and seeing each individual spice bottle. Each one has a different carousel animal on it. I smile every time I see them!
This is the first room in our house that is completely finished. One down, four more to go!