I’ve posted briefly about our kitchen reno before, but, honestly, it was a crappy post with crappy pictures. Hopefully I can redeem myself here….
We hired a contractor to do this work for us, since we were so burned out from our previous home reno in Texas. Sometimes I wish we had stuck it out and done this on our own, but, guys I was tired. And living in a hotel with a stinky basset hound is for the birds, I was ready to get out of there asap.
Here’s the kitchen before:
We kept the old appliances and added the microwave in place of the vent-a-hood. The old cabinets were replaced with white shaker style cabinets, the backsplash was replaced with white subway tile and those terrible counter tops were replaced with salt and pepper granite.
We also replaced the laminate with a different, better quality laminate. It’s no fab-wood-floor, but it was cost-effective, better looking and easy to clean. The previous floor didn’t have any texture to it, making it look a little on the cheap side.
We kept the same layout but got rid of the desk area in favor of some storage.
For some easy, DIY, chalkboard art like the one above, check out this post.
I have no idea what drive pin punches are, but those were my grandpa’s and I just love that little container.
The scale was a thrift store find.
That thing in the middle was a thrift store find from my father-in-law. I think it’s the original slap-chop!
The mandatory mason jar soap dispenser – made from one of my Mom’s vintage finds.
The Cosco stool was also Grandpa’s. The thing is covered in paint and some have suggested painting, it’s perfect just how it is, I just can’t.
One of my grandmother’s canning jars doing double duty as a vase.
Those kitchen chairs lived outside at our last house and when we moved, they got some new paint and much needed re-upholstery. The curtains are Premier Prints and I made the pillow covers. So easy, y’all.
The light fixture was a save from McKinney Trade Days – It’s an old Luby’s light fixture. I’m so in love with it. I had that thing when we lived in Texas and had been trying to sell the pair, but when we got news that we were moving, I knew I had to keep them for myself. I planned the whole kitchen around that guy. The other one broke in the move. Sad day. In true hoarder fashion, I totally kept the pieces.
The handmade herringbone was a spur of the moment crafty project made from something I dug out of the trash.
The table was also a save from Craigslist. It was originally listed for $40. I called and hung up a few times. Rude, I know. Hubs hated the table, I mean, it was pretty hideous, so I was at the corner of hubs-hates-it and I-know-he’s-wrong-about-this. When I saw it re-listed for $25, it was game on.
I’m all about DIY, but having someone do the bulk of the work in here was pretty worth it.
What do you think, would you rather hire someone for this kinda thing or are you a DIY-or-Die kinda person?
Have a great week, kids. Hug.