So. Our kitchen. Our home was built around 1991. The kitchen has stayed the same, apparently. But welcome to DIY – SAS Edition: In Which We Tackled the Kitchen. (Remember – SAS stands for Short Attention Span.) So yay! Welcome to my world of short attention span projects- all you perfectionists will probably be crying by the end of this post.
The cupboards in the kitchen were builder grade, MDF gross medium shade of brown. Our last dog, a golden retriever, chewed a hole in the back of our peninsula. The hole is still there. For a while, my husband had a picture taped over it – in other words:
There is a hole.
Husband took a picture of a part of the cupboard with no hole, so that he could then print that picture out and tape it over the hole.
I swear that picture was there for years and not one of you who ever visited noticed it, did ya?
We also had cupboards hanging down that divided the space between the kitchen and our breakfast area. I hated it. HATED it.
Like, for real. Hated it.
Finally, one beautiful, magical day, my husband saw that I was right! *ANGELS SINGING GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH*
We had that section of cupboards torn down in an Illinois minute.
After we tore those out – we practiced making little shelves out of cedar. We bought the cedar at Lowe’s (not the best lumber, but for this project, it was fine. Their wood is not completely dried, so there can be the possibility of it warping, just FYI. Go to a better lumber store or buy weeks in advance if you need this not to happen.) $60 later: new shelves. I almost cried I loved them so much.
Guess what happened next? Yes. We tore out all the cupboards along the wall and above our oven. And made new open shelves along that wall. And had a range hood installed.
At this point, we had talked with three different people about how much it would cost to have our kitchen redone. (Bottom cabinets, backsplash tile, new flooring.) We finally found someone I really really liked – but the cost was not something we have sitting in our bank account. We are currently saving that amount up. (I’ll post about why we’re saving up and not doing a refi or HELOC when I do the money post.)
But did I stop there? No ma’am! I then painted all our cabinets with chalk paint. Now, this step I am conflicted about.
#1 – Do I recommend the paint? Yes. The cupboards were not even real wood, they’re MDF, but the paint covered them pretty well. Had to do two coats. But yes, I recommend this paint and LOVE the color. (Amy Howard’s brand – in our area, found at Ace Hardware. Color: A Good Man is Hard to Find) I also covered them with two coats of polycrylic.
#2 – In fairness, I was aware that we will be tearing out these cupboards in about a year or so, so I was not completely super careful about my paint job.
#3 – Therefore, I am not fully happy with how they came out. So we keep the lights dim. This summer, I’ll take a couple of the doors back off and do them again to see if I can fix them.
Conclusion: Is the paint job perfect? No. Does my husband come into the kitchen and touch the spots that aren’t perfect and do this one look he always does when he’s thinking, “Boy, this isn’t perfect?” Yes.
Do I care (since we’re taking them out soon anyway?)? No. Will you care if you’re a perfectionist? YES.
We are now also stuck with space on either side of the oven because we can’t find cabinets that fit that narrow of a space. That is the part that bothers me… so I’m currently in the process of figuring out how we can make that work.
For budget purposes, here’s our expenses so far:
New open shelving: $130 ($90ish for cedar planks, $40 for cheap, industrial looking brackets)
Range hood install (had to have a vent drilled, etc): $800
Paint for cabinets: $100
New lighting: $70
Spiritual Taco Sign: $2.50
New appliances are being bought as we go, so we have only gotten the fridge and oven so far. That $$ will depend on what you get!
FAQ: Didn’t you lose a ton of storage space? Yes. Yes, we did. I have a stand alone pantry cupboard coming tomorrow to hopefully help with this. I’ll let you know how that goes! It was around $600 and we bought it from Wayfair.com. I’ll post a picture when we get it set up!
And, yes, it is hard to take a picture of a kitchen space. But here it is! Our cute, imperfect kitchen! Any suggestions for the spaces on either side of the oven? Let me know!
Also – do you like my deep, meaningful, spiritual, I-have-so-many-feelings-about “TACOS” sign I made?
So: Current Kitchen Redo Progress:
-Saving up for the rest of the project
-Number of arguments we’ve had about the project: 2
-Number of really kinda fun times we’ve had doing this project: 546
-Number of times I’ve stared at the oven trying to figure out how to fix that spot: 1,476,356
-Number of times I’ve made coffee to drink to distract me from thinking about that spot: 1,476,357