kitchen redo. makeover on a budget.

Where do I spend most of my time? The kitchen. Partly because I love to cook, but also because it seems to be the place where the kids always end up congregating {translation = where they bring down all of their toys and make a mess}.

Well, our house was in need of a serious kitchen makeover when we moved in. The crazy thing is we actually finished our kitchen not long after we moved in. Why? Um, it was seriously painful for me to look at. I know it sounds silly, but you saw it when you walked in the garage, when you were in the family room and even when you walked down the stairs each day. It pained me and I had nothing but time on my hands so the kitchen was given a little love and a whole lotta’ elbow grease.

The skinny? It had good bones, but was not our style and looked so sad. The granite countertops were not a good {actually, horrible} match with the existing maple cabinets and needed a little update. But, we were not willing to spend a ton of money ripping out counters and starting from scratch. Yes, there are still things on our list to finish {new floors are calling my name}, but it is pretty much complete. Trust me… some paint, new hardware, lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures make any kitchen look brand spanking new.

Hello, kitchen. Now I smile when I look at you.

kitchen with label

A huge improvement from what we moved into. No joke, there are seriously these maple cabinets everywhere. In the bathrooms. In the hallways. In the laundry room. Slowly but surely, I am making my way to each of them with my paintbrush and paint can. But, the kitchen? It was my first stop. Oh dear, here is what we started with.

kitchen before

I am not really sure why I didn’t take more pictures of it in the {before} state, but I didn’t. Sadly, you aren’t able to witness the dreary pendant that hung over the kitchen table or the used and abused maple top that sat on the small desk area. Oh boo. Well, at least you get the gist of it.

Here is our new and improved kitchen {on a budget, of course} and what we get to look at each day. Still smiling. It was worth it.

kitchen collage 1

Kitchen Picture Big 1

kitchen collage 2

Kitchen Picture Big 2

kitchen collage 3

Truth? It took forever. I didn’t realize how many cabinets there actually were until I started. The good news is that I didn’t have any friends or know anyone {family doesn’t count} so I had plenty of time on my hands. Yes, I cried. Quite possibly more than once. Seriously, so many cabinets. But, in the end? Beyond worth it. I now love being in the kitchen area and smile each time I walk in.

Before & After

Don’t go too far. Later this week I will share a source list if you {have to have} some of the goodies from our kitchen. Oh, and I will share a few projects that make your kitchen a little more unique than your next door neighbors. You can thank me later.

try. enjoy. share.

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6 Responses to kitchen redo. makeover on a budget.

  1. Jenn March 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Looks great! I want to do mine as well. What did you use to paint your cabinets?

    • lulu & linen March 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Thanks! Thursday I will have a complete posting with all of my finds, sources and links. But in the meantime… I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The cabinets are Pure White with a clear wax and the island is Chateau Grey with a dark wax. They have held up beautifully, even with three kids and messy fingers. We love them!

  2. Misty March 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    So worth the elbow grease and your time!!!

    • lulu & linen March 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      So right. And, you probably even saw me on one of my teary days. Too many cabinets!

  3. Teri Quaranta March 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Beautiful! I can’t imagine you in the old kitchen. This looks much more like you – fresh, clean, updated. XO

    • lulu & linen March 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank you! It is way better and I smile each time I walk downstairs. x’s and o’s

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