We just moved into our new house this week. Before we moved in, we decided to fix up the kitchen. There are a couple of things left to finish, but for the most part we are done. Here are a few of the pictures of my cute new kitchen. I loooove how it's turning out.
Here are a few before pictures. The kitchen looked okay, but there were not enough cabinets and it looked a little dated with the stock builder cabinets.
There was some wasted space on this wall. I decided to add a wall of cabinets here to get some more storage.
Here's the after.......
Here's what we did:
1. We bought stock cabinets from Lowes for under the window and added them onto the wall.
2. We painted all the cabinets including the island.to look like wood.(Thanks again to April and Mary for being willling to help me paint another kitchen.)
3. Put new hardware on the cabinets.
4. Removed the wine rack on the island and made it into a shelf.
5. Put new granite on the outside counters with a new sink and faucet that I found on Overstock for a great price.
6. Put new marble on the island. We removed a foot on the right side to give us more space in front of the new cabinets.
7. Added a great new light fixture that I found on CSN above the island (only $103 w/free shipping!). We used a light kit from Lowes to replace the can light.)
8. To top it all off, we got new stainless steel appliances.
But one of my favorite things is the new open shelving I added on that empty wall. I love to take something old and repurpose it and that's just what I did.
I bought this hutch top (which had a base also that I will show in a later post.) I bought both for $20 at a garage sale. Everyone told me I was crazy because it really did look like junk. I love junk and I love a great deal. Here is the before picture of the shelf.
I started by sanding as much of the old paint off as I could. I removed the cabinet doors then added beadboard on the back and added a little trim to the edge to finish it. I then put a shelf on the bottom. I painted the whole thing with white paint and sanded off all of the edges and the middles of the shelves. I tried to take off enough paint to give it some character. I then painted the whole thing with a glaze and rubbed off a bit to add some age. I added some brackets for the bottom and painted, sanded, and glazed them to match the shelf.
Here's another look at that big empty wall...
I hung it on the wall with some big screws making sure I hit some studs. I definately didn't want it to come crashing down full of my cute things.
April stayed long enough to help me accessorize. That is the fun part.
We're almost finished. I am waiting for my white subway tile backsplash to be finished. I'd like to get some new blinds and my third barstool is getting a new seat so it can join the other two. Also, sometime in the future, we will get new flooring.
I'm so happy with how it turned out! It's a great start for our new home and I look forward to working on the rest of the house.