Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DIY Kitchen Update

Before and After
As you probably know, Cliff and I bought our house a little over a year ago.  It is a nice little house and is only 14 years old so it wasn't super outdated or anything but everything is plain old builder grade.  I love all those shows on HGTV about renovation and all that so I really wanted to be able to do some projects in our house.  I wasn't sure how much I would be able to do since everything is perfectly livable and we don't exactly have tons of extra mula floating around on one teacher salary. However, when I realized we could DIY our whole kitchen for the same price as replacing our old, stained, faded, and peeling laminate counter top with a new, cheapest laminate installed, we knew we couldn't go wrong.

In order to stay in the price range of a laminate counter for the entire kitchen and get the look we wanted, we knew we wanted to do butcher block counter tops and paint our cabinets ourselves.  

These are the pictures that inspired me

I thought I wanted white cabinets but when I saw this green, I immediately had to have it.  It helps that green is Cliff's favorite color so naturally, he was also on board.  
I started painting way back at General Conference in April and completely forgot to take any before pictures.  Luckily, they have all that stuff on the old listing so here are some before shots with someone else's coffee maker, accessories, ect alongside after shots.

Left Side

Right Side
I love having a sink that the high chair tray and cookie sheets fit right down into.

It was a lot of hard work.  Neither of us have really done any of this stuff before so we just kind of went for it.  Also, it may or may not have ended up costing more because I forgot we didn't own any tools.  Now Cliff has a nice collection started. 
But worth it.
We LOVE our new kitchen.