Isn't she a beauty? Those of you who are long time readers know that over the summer we remodeled our kitchen putting in new floors, counters and a new sink. New readers can find out all about our DIY adventures in these posts: Pantry Renovation; Pantry Renovation part 2; Shut the Barn Door; I've Had a Facelift; It's about to Get Ugly; The Big Reveal.
You can see that a lot of my summer was consumed with down and dirty home improvement. We took a break for our Alaska vacation and the holidays now I'm ready to share the rest of what we've been up to.
Kris @ Simplify posted this week that she's in the planning stages of a similar kitchen make over and I thought I'd share some of what I learned/did. We are always on a pretty strict budget so anytime I can save money I'm all over that. At the same time I don't want to be penny wise and pound foolish and that's where that kitchen sink comes in. It was not cheap! In fact it cost a pretty penny and it was worth every dime. It's deep and wide and looks great. I bought a wire guard to protect the bottom from abuse. I'm glad I did because I saw what skillets and pans did to my son's sink.
Counters are another area where we decided to go with the best we could afford. These are quartz rather than granite because I know myself and what kind of housekeeper I am. I am not going to maintain a schedule of sealing granite twice a year, I'm just not that person. These are so easy to clean it's ridiculous. Plus, I just like the look of this better. The cost is about the same so my advise is to really think about how you will use and abuse your counters.
|Sleek, clean and adds tons of light to this darkish kitchen.|
|Dried out wood - what a mess.|
This took me about three days and a lot of elbow grease but the results were amazing, it looks as if we bought new cabinets.
I'll know better than to let them get so dried out in future.
See that hardware? New handles can make a world of difference in the appearance of the kitchen but it can be really expensive and it can be hard to find exactly what you want. I found those long handles at Ikea for a close out price of $1/each and snapped them up. They're in an oiled bronze finish which I love but drawer pulls to match were hard to come by at a price I could afford. Target had the style I liked in a six pack for $12, but they were chrome. Spray paint to the rescue! Two coats of bronze spray paint especially for metal and you would never know that they used to be shiny chrome. I spent less than $50 on new hardware. If I had gone the easy route it would have cost me up to $300!
Next post I'll show you how I redid the kitchen table and some storage ideas.
Until next time,
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