For the next few posts I want to share with you the story of my kitchen. The kitchen is my very first rehab ever. The major parts of the rehab were done in the first month. Since then we have added to it as we have gone. Its been a labor of love and I really do love my kitchen. The great part of it is that it was a complete DIY. We did it all and the goal was to do in for around $3000-$3500. Today I want to show you the before and after pics. In upcoming posts I will share what we did for different parts of the space. I will also post all of our product breakdowns for ya too. There is still some stuff left to be done and I will post “my to do list” for this space as well. I love a good kitchen makeover. My first post ever was a kitchen makeover, and ever since I posted that one I was excited for you to see my first rehab ever.
Here is the kitchen when we moved in a little over three years ago:
The cabinets are real oak and they were in great condition. The countertops look white but were not. They are speckled white. The tile was an almond speckled tile. The red on the walls brought out the redness in the oak. I did not like it. I got a headache when I saw it but I was able to see its potential. Do you notice the dishwasher? It’s an apartment sized dishwasher. Thank goodness it was on the end of the cabinets because that made it an easy fix to make room for a full-sized dishwasher.
The Kitchen was an L-Shaped Kitchen. The refrigerator was weirdly placed on the wall and it looked random. I am not sure why there were not cabinets beside the microwave but hey…it made room for my love of open shelving without demo.
Then demo began and it seemed like this stage lasted forever. We were living in the house. The microwave stayed so we had many a microwave dinner and many trips to Sonic.
We painted the walls Flagstone Grey from Valspar. I first picked out Silver Gray from Valspar. When my friend came over during painting and said “I love it…its country blue” I put down my paint brush and went back to Lowes for a more gray color. This pic still looks a little blueish. I assure you that it’s a stone gray. Here is how we made our once L-shaped kitchen into a U-shaped kitchen. I was a little trickier than this pic looks. I will share about this soon.
What color did I paint my kitchen cabinets? I contemplated white or grey but I finally settled on black. Yes, black. My mother thought I was crazy when I told her what I was thinking. I love her opinion but I had a vision so I pressed on….
Here is the kitchen while we were painting the doors. We did get all new stainless appliances on clearance. It’s a great story that I will share in an upcoming post. We did keep the microwave. It was 3 months old and it was black. I want to replace it with stainless eventually but it blends into the black cabinets so it stayed.
Okay….Here is the Before pic one more time so you don’t have to scroll all the way up:
Here is my kitchen as it is right now:
Here is how I used that Open Space:
Here is the shot with our nice new full-sized dishwasher.
Here is the kitchen facing the laundry room. Our laundry room/garage renovation got rid of an ugly french door into an unfinished laundry space.
Here is a close up view of our pantry space. Imagine an ugly, single, french door instead of this pantry that looked into an unfinished laundry room that we talked about here.
Here is the view from the living room. I love our huge opening into the kitchen. It was already there so I am thankful for that.
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Here are other posts about my kitchen: