Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kitchen Makeover--Before and After!

Okay, as promised, here are the before pictures of our kitchen, taken with a cell phone by our cheerful and hard-working Home Depot installer, right before he started the job early Monday morning.

And here are the after pics he snapped late Wednesday afternoon, just after he'd cleaned up and loaded his tools into his van.

It's amazing that this could be accomplished in three days, isn't it?

The installer's shots are pretty good, but they don't really tell the whole story.  So I'm going to share some pictures that I took, after I loaded all the cabinets, drawers, and counters back up with our stuff.

I love the way this kitchen turned out!

The cabinets are absolutely beautiful, and they have bead board inserts that give them that "farmhouse" look that I've always loved.

Better yet, I now have these wonderful pull-out drawers where I used to have a cavernous space jam-packed with stuff that was so hard to get at, I dreaded having to reach around in there to find what I needed.
I used to let my Tupperware containers sit in the dish drying rack for ages, in order to put off putting them away--unless I was in the mood for a challenging game of Extreme Tetris, played while kneeling.  But not anymore!
My old Lazy Susan was in not-so-great shape.
So I'm loving this new one, which isn't attached to the door like the old one was, but instead has a separate bi-fold door.  And each tier of my new Sue turns independently of the other.  It's very cool.
My gorgeous new cabinets, topped off with classy crown moldings, are great for showcasing my decorative pieces (and by that I mean mostly my pig collection).

Hey, remember this window?
Well, look at it now! 
I decided to move a piece that I had across the room (a secondhand wooden pie safe that I use as a pantry), so that it's up against the end of the cabinets.  Now I have room for my cookbooks on top of that (they used to be almost inaccessible, on a narrow shelf in the back of the crowded cabinet where I stored my pots and pans); also, the back of this pantry forms a nice little niche for the Keurig, so that I have a cozy little "coffee bar" area at the end of the counter.  Love it.  (And those Command hooks that look like metal are my new faves.)
While we were at it, my husband and I decided to change the position of our table, a gorgeous tile-topped oak trestle table that he made years ago, specially designed to be long and narrow so that it would fit in our kitchen, which is not really set up very well to be an eat-in kitchen for a family of seven.  (Our dining room is enormous, but our kitchen is not.)  The trestle table is now pushed up against the wall opposite the window, since it is usually just two of us eating here most nights anyway.  It makes a nice office space for me, too, if I want to write in my new kitchen (which I DO!).  For the first time since we moved into this house 24 years ago, it feels like we have a wide-open, spacious kitchen.
On the wall opposite the window, we used to have an enormous bulletin board--3 and 1/2 feet by 7 and 1/2 feet.  My husband bought a huge sheet of thick corkboard from Home Depot, which he screwed into the wall, and then he fashioned a wood frame for it (he can do anything, that guy).  We felt we needed it when the boys were young, to keep track of all the school and sports schedules and newsletters, party invitations, and whatnot.  We have outgrown it, though; we started to weed through all those scraps of paper recently and found the funniest things up there: receipts from ten years ago, expired coupons, our oldest son's address from his deployment to Iraq in 2009, you name it.
So this summer my husband took it down, with our youngest son's help.

I'm not really sorry to see it go.  But sniff, sniff...first the big red 15-seater van, my old house on wheels that was perpetually filled with an assortment of candy wrappers and empty Mt. Dew cans, the dirt of a thousand football fields, and the faint odor of sweaty lacrosse gear--and affectionately known as the "garbage scow"; now the world's biggest--and some have said, most hideous--bulletin board.  I'm saying good-bye to a messy but happy era.  A wonderful, although not always picture-perfect, part of my life is truly coming to an end!

But there is a consolation prize: a pretty new kitchen.  :)

I'm currently at work on that very empty, very white wall where the bulletin board used to be, and I'll be sure to post pictures when I get it fab-looking enough to be in the same room with my awesome new cabinets.

Well, for those of you who said you were excited to see the "after" pictures, I hope you enjoyed these.  For those of you who weren't all that interested in taking a tour of my kitchen, sorry 'bout that.  But I'll leave you with this: if you can't afford to do a complete renovation but would like to give your tired old kitchen a whole new look, have your kitchen cabinets refaced--I can't recommend it highly enough.  Home Depot was so great to work with on this project, every step of the way (and they're not even paying me to say that!).

24 comments:

  1. looks so great! What a consolation prize for emptying that nest :)

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. And you know, when this nest was full, I probably would have worried about those perfect white cabinets getting destroyed. They would have needed constant wiping down, at least. I'm sort of glad that I had to wait til now to get the dream kitchen. And it is nice that there are some perks to enjoy when you finish raising your kids--because it's really hard when they all move out!

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  2. Wow, it looks fantastic! I love the bead board too, it looks so fresh and very farm house style :) I could have really used a lazy susan like that in my first kitchen....we had a cabinet like that that just drove me nuts! Thats the perfect solution!

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    1. Our old Lazy Susan drove me nuts, too. I love all these modern kitchen design elements. They make the kitchen so much more functional!

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  3. This is WONDERFUL! I didn't realize it would be so speedy. Congratulations on a beautiful new look, and enjoy !

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    1. Thanks! I can't believe it only took 3 days--the place is utterly transformed.

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  4. Awesome, can just imagine you beaming and beaming:):):)

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  5. Wow!!! Beautiful!!! And I love how you moved the table and chose to say goodbye to the bulletin board so the space will work for you where you are at right now. It all looks so beautiful!

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    1. We need to embrace life in all its seasons, right? That's what I'm really trying to do these days. :)

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  6. Laura ... it looks BEAUTIFUL! You must be on cloud nine! It will be the perfect kitchen to host a big Christmas with all of your boys, their wives and your beautiful grandbabies!!!

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    1. My thoughts exactly!! And my hubby saw this great little kid-sized farmhouse table and chairs...which we think will fit perfectly in that big, open space we have in the middle now. :)

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  7. Soooo lovely! Very similar to my vision for our "someday" kitchen. It's fun to dream, and it's also fun to see that some dreams can eventually be realized.

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    1. Your farmhouse table would look perfect with cabinets like these. My boy will get them for you someday, I'm sure. :)

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  8. Wow! I love the transformation! I never knew that was called bead board. And hey, I have the exact little bin on top of my fridge like you do! I also have the exact same command hooks. Your kitchen is beautiful, open and airy now. Perfect!!

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    1. I guess beadboard and wainscoting are words that mean pretty much the same thing--I just always think of wainscoting as something on the wall.

      Aileen, is your fridge-top bin filled with Band-Aids, Scotch tape, duct tape, rubber bands, bags of cough drops, and all sorts of random items, like mine is? I also have a designated "junk drawer," but it's just not big enough for all my junk! :)

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    2. No. lol! I keep my oven mitts in there and the little owl trivets my grandson made me for Christmas. There's no room to display them but I use them as often as I can.

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  9. The cabinets look fabulous!!! It gives the whole kitchen a great facelift.

    And I love those pull out drawers. I need to see if I can get my husband interested in installing a couple of those around here.

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    1. It's so much fun having everything like new. And if you're husband is handy enough to put those in for you, I say you should go for it. I can't believe how much easier it is to get at my pots and pans.

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  10. Gorgeous! What a lovely upgrade!

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    1. Thanks, Madeline! Now I'm working on fixing up the other side of the room to go with the side that looks too good to be true. The wallpaper border, sadly, is coming down, just like the bulletin board--it's too busy and fights with the toile on the new window valance. We're getting all fancy around here. The boys won't recognize the place. :)

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  11. This is my first time visit... clicked over from Nancy's. What a fun kitchen project makeover. Love it. Had to send your site link to my sister as her kitchen layout is almost identical and she'd like to do a makeover sometime too.

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places....
    Brenda

    PS I'll come again! Enjoyed my visit.

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    1. Hi Brenda! Thanks for your lovely comments! And tell your sister that if she doesn't want to spend a fortune, this refacing thing is a great option. :)

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