The kitchen makeover: Sure, it’s considered the heart of the home, but in my case, it’s also at the heart of this DIY renovation. When I moved in, basically EVERYthing needed to be touched, changed, or replaced in some way. This kitchen has been years in the making, and nearly everything I did in this room was done for the first time, with no prior experience. But sometimes all it takes is a little imagination, discovering some nifty new tools, and some elbow grease.
Or in my case, throwing tools and having a drink or crying on the floor in frustration. But getting up and trying again, because that’s what’s important.
Before: What a Mess!
I started by taking out the old appliances and replacing with new, which are mismatched (the stove and dishwasher are black, but the fridge is stainless). The microwave is also stainless, which was installed over the range and the cabinets moved up to accommodate the size I needed. Later, the cabinets were painted in a two-tone style (white uppers, gray lowers), the floor replaced with laminate, and the trim painted white. The countertop was replaced with walnut butcher block and treated, while the sink, window, and faucet got an upgrade as well. I also added a tile backsplash and a DIY striped faux Roman shade to the mix, and things are looking much cleaner, happier, and updated.
Kitchen Makeover Progress
While there is still more yet to do, such as adding cabinet pulls, crown molding, and more, this room has come a very long way… enough to decorate this Christmas!
- Painting the original laminate countertop (as an experiment… and here’s what it looked like months later)
- Replacing the floor
- Adding the butcher block, parts 1 and 2
- How to Treat Butcher Block Counters
- How to Protect Butcher Block Counters During Projects
- Cabinet Paint Prep and Color Scheme
- How to Prime Kitchen Cabinets (without Sanding!)
- How to Prep Walls for Adding a Backsplash
- How to Install a Tile Backsplash
- What to Do with a Window Ledge When Tiling
- Extending Wall Outlets
- Re-Hanging Cabinet Doors (without helping hands)
- Fixing the Drywall
- Finishing Paint!
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