Hello! I’m still here! I’m sorry I’ve been delinquent. Now that Cade is awake more in the afternoons and evenings, it’s becoming difficult to find time for computer-y things. Buuut, I have a *big* update for you!
Before we get right into it, let’s take a look back on this started-off-as-an-exciting-DIY-but-turned-into-let’s-pay-someone-to-do-it-for-us journey.
It all began with a beigey-butterscotchy cocktail of yuck:
And even though I kept referring to it as an “island”, it’s actually not an island at all since IT’S CONNECTED TO THE WALL. Anyway, the bar got a pretty makeover:
Although I neglected to do behind the fridge so it still looked junky.
Thanks to a good friend and some serious effort, the wall paper border got scraped off:
And the walls were painted a delicious Gray Owl, which clashed angrily with our cabinets:
Then later, I painted ONE cabinet but left the door off for many many months…as well as many visitors:
By this point, I had lost all of my kitchen DIY mojo. So we hired painters to paint the rest of the cabinets! TA DA:
Whoa! Pretty pretty cabinets!
The photos are dark because I don’t have the patience (and neither does my toddler) to take them in afternoon light:
This project took two painters EIGHT days and cost us almost $2000. I know. Our wallets are a a stingin’. Like I mentioned earlier, they used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation System from Home Depot so it’s not just regular old paint. It comes with a sealant and everything. Obviously this was a very labor intensive/costly job. After watching them work for over a week, I felt relieved knowing there was absolutely no way I could have done this job myself during nap time. Pieter The Painter even painted the trim behind the fridge for me. What a sweetie!
We really debated whether we should lay down the cash or wait to do a full kitchen reno later on. Eventually, I’d love a new kitchen. But with two littles, I can’t see us tackling that kind of a project for quite a few years. I don’t have the brain cells to even plan a new kitchen, much less live in the chaos of an actual renovation. So this is a great interim project until we save up more money and spend the time now growing our littles into kind Bigger People.
As for the remaining To Dos…there are still quite a few projects that need attention:
- possibly paint the maroon grout – it looks very maroon-y now that everything is white
- paint the wood trim on the countertops white to match the cabinets
- paint the grungy ceiling
- install toe kicks
- replace the outlets themselves since they are still almond colored
- address lighting someday
- replace cracked kitchen window
- address grubby window coverings
- redo pantry
- refinish wood floors in a dark walnut to color match the laminate in the rest of the house
Yeah, the kitchen is far from “done” but at least it’s not a total embarrassment anymore. Hip, hip, hooray!