Friday, June 8, 2012

Show Us Your Life: Kitchen

I've shown these pictures before but I thought I'd link up today with Kelly's Korner and post them again.

We purchased our house in 2008. It was bank-owned and a fixer-upper. I didn't want a foreclosure because of the fixer-upper part. Eddie wanted it because of the price tag that came with it. I'm certain a fixer-upper would be easier if one does not find themselves pregnant about six months after purchasing, but we did. Ha! The list of "to do's" came to a screeching halt and there are still lots and lots of things that I want to finish on our home. I remember standing in the kitchen with Eddie and Mr. Tommy while we were looking and telling Eddie that it was only okay to place a bid on this house IF he was willing to work on a "honey do list" that would come with it. He definitely finished those items in the kitchen...thank heavens!

This is what it looked like the day we bought it:

Wow. Thankfully for this house, the kitchen was the only ugly room. :) The floors and counter tops HAD to go, of course, but also notice the strange placement of the refrigerator and stove. There was no large counter space area on which to work. I put in my list of fixes VERY quickly here.

Here's what we did:
1. New floors. (That we don't actually like...but they're better than these. We're not sure we actually got what we picked out.)
2. New countertops.
3. Move stove/oven and microwave to where the refrigerator was.
4. Shift cabinets down and place refrigerator on the end of them.
5. Paint cabinet doors.
6. Replace hardware.
7. Replace sink.
8. Remove cabinet above sink and cut window to the den. (BEST THING WE DID!)
9. Paint!
10. All new appliances. (I had a refrigerator and we actually kept the one pictured but moved it to the garage.)


And after:

Before and after:

Now if only I could get Eddie to buy me a new stainless steel fridge! :)


Unknown said...

I LOVE your new kitchen!! Looks really good!

Dani said...

Your kitchen looks great!

lots of love said...

love the added cutout above sink and the shelves above your stove! looks great!

Jan said...

Nice job!

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Kimberly said...

I love the changes you made.

Ryan said...

Wow! You guys made some great changes! It looks so bright and crisp and clean! Love it! :)

DeeDee said...

Really cute kitchen :)

Established: 2008 said...

Love those white cabinets!

Erin Branscom said...

That looks great!! I can't believe how they had the stove and fridge. It looks like they made a mistake and switched them. You made it look amazing! :)

Julie Rogers said...

What a change---it looks great!!! Thanks for sharing:)

SILLy stories!! said...

Looks great!!!

Brandie said...

Very nice! I love the fresh, clean look of the white cabinets!