Remember where we started?
The kitchen is SO much brighter. And I'm so glad it's DONE.
I still need to get knobs, but I've been without them for a year so that's no big deal.
|It's all done and turned out great!|
|Just a reminder of what it used to look like.|
|Now, much better. Still, those yellow countertops...|
|Here's where we started.|
|Uncovered this groovy wallpaper behind the mirror.|
|Painted the countertops and the vanity.|
|We'll see how it holds up. I painted the countertop with Aged Copper spray paint and then several coats of polyurethane. I'll be surprised if it doesn't get chipped by the kids, but it really couldn't be much worse than the red so I didn't have anything to lose.|
|But once I got to this point, I needed help.|
|I wish I knew more about electrical stuff, but I don't and didn't feel like figuring it out. This is where the fluorescent light above the sink went, and where I'll hang a pretty pendant light.|
|I also couldn't hold the drywall and screw it in place by myself.|
|Once you get over the disgusting floor, notice the cabinets on the right that block any light or view into the breakfast area.|
So, after the floor was torn out, next to go were these lovely knobs. Not just because seeing them made me cringe, but they were in the very center of the cabinet doors. Why?!
|I wish I could zoom in on this picture so you could see the porcelain farm animals on the chandelier. They came off immediately after the railing came out. Which was right before the gross peel and stick floor tiles were torn out. There were so many horrible things about this area of the house I lose track of the order they went in.|
|By "we" I mean Uncle Scott. He also replaced the faucet and disposal. Thanks Uncle Scott!|
|Much better. So I could actually see what I was cooking, but the kitchen was still dark and gloomy.|
|This picture makes me shudder.|
|Two sections done.|
|Me looking awesome, as usual, with my new brad nailer. This is how I "nest".|
|The kids eventually got used to the compressor running in the living room and the blasts from the nailer.|
|It's hard to photograph a ceiling.|
|First thing to go was the railing and beam dividing this room from the eating area. (Kyle loves it when I call him with questions like "Where's the sledge hammer and the Sawzall?")|
|I couldn't stand having a gloomy Christmas so I at least primed most of the room.|
|Then there were the built-ins.|
|I tried a few different options on the back of the bookcases.|
|I ended up mixing some Disney Wish Upon a Star Blue that was left at our last house with the Disney Bother Free Blue from Margaret's crib and adding some grey exterior house paint to tone it down. And hoping I didn't run out.|