We bought our house in September 2010, and worked on the house for about 2 months before moving in!
We are Dave Ramsey fans and found ourselves buying a house under $80,000 and put 20% down on a 20 year mortgage. For our first home, we knew we were going to put in a ton of work!
Whew! It was tough work--not only did we finish all of our hardwood floors (in living room, hallway, and 2 bedrooms), we also remodeled our kitchen!
Let's take a look at the before pictures...
|This is the view when you walk in (from the side door)|
|Look at those lights! Whoa!|
|And look at that flooring! Yuck!|
|We decided to get new appliances that matched.... plus, my hubby promised a dish washer! ;)|
|Lots of 'wood'--and bead-board.|
|Another lovely view of our kitchen before|
So we put on our thinking caps, and thought How can we do this for less money?
My amazing husband is such a handy man (and perfectionist) and suggested buying the oak unfinished cabinets at Lowes/Menards. I thought, why not?! The cabinets were $500-1000 altogether which was wonderful then we had money to spend on our appliances.
Little did I know how much WORK it was all going to be...
First we ripped out the cabinets & sink...
|I must admit that even though this was tough, it was a good stress reliever! :)|
|Hubby taking out the sink!|
|Ew, good thing he's willing to do all the dirty work (I was kind of a wimp...).|
|Goodbye lights and bulkhead!|
|It was so DUSTY-this was the giant bulkhead in the middle|
|Still getting the side bulkheads down...|
|Then we were left with some huge gaps...|
|Everywhere the bead-board was, it had to be patched too (which was the whole dining room/kitchen!)|
|All patched up, waiting for it to dry!|
We also bought all our cabinets that were unfinished.
We sanded. A LOT.
Now do this equation in your mind:
a lot (what you think) x 10 = our project
Seriously. I wish I had a picture but I don't. I guess we were focusing on... sanding.
|Starting to put the stain on them (in our home's original floor now NEWLY sanded and finished)!|
|I thought I better throw in a picture of myself so I could prove I was actually helping (yes, it was late, very late)!|
|After another coat.|
|We decided this was too light so we added another darker stain on top. It worked out really well.|
Next, we did my husband's favorite thing--we painted! (After we went searching for some lights... again)
|Primer and then our paint color|
|I also decided to paint the trim white|
|Lookin' good! (do you see my spot for a dishwasher?!)|
|simple but works.|
|The tape is where I need to repaint the ceiling... the light works great.|
Then it came time to pick out the counter tops. Oh man. I never want to do that again. Well, maybe if we had lots of money to spend, I'd pick granite but laminate counters is what we went with...
|What a difficult process!|
|Who knew you were supposed to start in the middle--not me!|
Anyone who is buying appliances--do your research! We really wanted stainless steel but found out the leave a lot of finger prints. We also did not like the sides because they were gray (not stainless). When we found out there were some really great looking appliances that looked like stainless steel but were not, we got excited. They didn't leave fingerprints. However, all the stainless steel appliances (fingerprint/non fingerprint kind) all came with a hefty price tag! Did we really want to spend $3000-4000 on appliances? No WAY!
That's when we decided to compromise and get white appliances. We fell in love with Samsung's white appliances. On top of being cheaper than stainless steel, Sears price matches appliances and also takes off a percentage if another store has them cheaper. The kind lady found 3 out of 4 appliances were cheaper somewhere else and we saved a couple hundred dollars! Score! We like our appliances because they are sleek, smooth, pretty, and had good reviews. Finally, we got to pick them up and bring them home...
|It was a task getting this sucker (fridge) in!|
And since then, our kitchen looks more like this...
I'd love to post some
Are we completely done with our kitchen? Nope.
But, we've come a long way from what it used to be like. I will definitely have to post some updates when I get more decorations up and more projects done. :)
In the meantime, I'm linking up with....
I'm just glad we've come so far--still more to do, but we'll get there!!