Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
It’s so weird writing this blog post and looking at the images of our kitchen when we first bought our home. We knew upon moving in it would be a gradual fixer upper. But the first thing we had to tackle was our kitchen. It’s in the center of our main living area, formal living room, dining room, and breakfast nook. It truly is the heart of our home as you can see in the picture below. But this kitchen almost broke me right from the start.
Our home was rented for a few years after the original homeowner moved to another part of town. Then our home sat on the real estate market for almost a year. So, you can only imagine what we walked into as the cleanup began. Let’s just say, the lighting in these pictures did a phenomenal job of hiding the dirt, grime, and deep scratches on the cabinets. When we were done cleaning the kitchen, we hated to use it with how clean it was at that moment. Every square inch was cleaned.
We have big plans for this kitchen and a lot of them have already begun. It won’t be the biggest project in our home (more on that later) but it will certainly take some time!
So what’s on our to-do list for the kitchen? Here are a few things that have already been completed and the many projects we still need to do:
install new range hood
paint upper and lower cabinets
attach shiplap to side and back of lower cabinets
– attach new hardware
– install backsplash
– install new sink
– build a custom island
– build wooden shelves over existing shelves
– decide on butcher block or concrete countertops
Whew. I believe that’s it! It’s kind of intimidating (especially budget wise), but we’re up for the challenge. We’ll be building and installing everything to save money but that also means it might take a little while. With all of the biggest items already replaced or painted, look out for a blog post soon of a semi-updated kitchen. I just had to share the before images of our kitchen so can see the transformation that has already taken place with my next update.
Thank you so much for joining us on this journey of turning our house into a home one project at a time! You can get a behind the scenes look over on my Instagram if you want to get a sneak peek of our progress so far.
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