I could NOT have done it, though, without my super-amazing, supportive husband. Seriously, y'all, he's just the best. And I get him. :)
As I was deciding what to show you, I decided that I have take so many pictures of the projects that I did, that I should just to take it room by room. So today, I'm going to show you the changes that I made in the kitchen. And also, I'm cheating a bit, because I started on this room before Project Week started. It's been in the works for a while.
Also, ironically enough, the kitchen's lack of updates is what was able to fund the rest of the house's projects. We decided that since we came up short on the budget we needed to fully remodel the kitchen, that we'd take the money that we were going to use on it and get the rest of the house up to date. So for the kitchen we decided that we would just get it updated enough to get us by for the next few years without driving us crazy.
This is what it looked like the day we looked at it with the realtor.
So the things I did to this room from the time we moved in until now. The starred items were done during Project Week*:
- got rid of the wallpaper, retexture, and paint
- replaced the faucet
- replaced all of the switch and outlet plates*
- installed knobs and draw pulls
- got new, matching chairs*
- installed a light above the sink
- put hooks in for the kids*
- replaced the ceiling fan
- changed all the hardware to oil-rubbed bronze (from gold)*
- put in a spindle frame
- painted the island with a dry erase/magnet board installed*
I LOVE these chairs I found. They were, of course, on clearance at World Market. Who doesn't love a bargain? Also, I had tried out white walls at first, but I'm relieved I came to my senses and went with grey. I love it.
This lighting fixture screws right into the recessed lighting. It was really reasonable, too (from Home Depot). The draw pulls and knobs made a HUGE difference, too. And I'm relieved to be rid of the old faucet. Adding a new one changed the feel a lot while not breaking the budget.
Wall color and knobs totally transformed this little butler's pantry.
I used the old door knob as wall decor. LOVE!
AFTERspindle frame I did a while back. The hooks down at kid level were done this week. The wood was, of course, leftover wood flooring pieces. The hooks were purchased from Overstock.com. Dude! They've got some deals on hardware! Those hooks were a total necessity, too. Everything was ending up on the floor, or the kids couldn't reach their stuff when it was up.
Aslo, I switched the knobs out on the pantry doors because the back door kept getting caught on the pantry door if it was left open. So I got recessed pulls that look really cool but were a pain in the asprin to install. They were worth it, though. They look cool and are totally functional. It's really amazing how fixing the little things like this and the hooks changes your attitude toward your house. It's a major de-stressor.
|Source: Signature Hardware is where I got them from.|
So...the island. Oh, the island.
This project takes the cake for being the biggest pain in my ascot. I knew that it was going to be a both a challenge and the riskiest project in the whole house, but seriously. I was met with challenge after annoying challenge.
This was the point of no return. I had taken out the electrical outlets and put the sheet metal (for the dry erase board) up.
And after several trials and errors later, this is what I ended up with.
I'm pretty happy with it. If I had to do it all over again, I would but I would leave out all the noob mistakes I made. My disclaimer, however, is that I probably wouldn't have made this if I didn't know that I was going to do a full remodel in 4-5 years. (Just because the kids will outgrow it.)
The kids love being able to write on it with dry erase markers, I like it, and it definitely adds a pop of color to the kitchen.
So that's the kitchen! My under-modeled remodel...or something. I hope you like it. :) If not, don't tell me. ;) I've had a hard week.
Stay tuned for tomorrow. I'm doing the dining room and formal living!!! The dining room is my new favorite room in the house.