Wednesday, March 3, 2010

my kitchen re-do!

Many rooms in our house are in the process of getting a little make-over. Of which, I hope to show many of them to you over the coming weeks! The kitchen is the one most exhilarating for me right now! If you've ever heard me talk about our house here on the blog you will know that we bought it for one reason and one reason only: location, well two, and the lot. It's a great lot. The interior left MUCH to be desired when we first moved in (almost three years ago now!).

Case in point:

The kitchen. There are reasons you've never seen pictures of my kitchen (until now) on the blog.

Yes, I am sorry to burn your eye-balls with the ugliness. And lucky us, these lovely cabinets are featured not only in the kitchen, but two of our bathrooms and the laundry area (formerly). There is no doubt the cabinets were ugly. Ugly is the first, but not last thing they are. They also have (had) very weak shelving inside them, all which bowed under the weight of our dishes and they were a bad set up... they made the kitchen look so small.


We knew the minute we even looked at this house that the kitchen would need to be re-done. But our main concern was still being able to use the kitchen (we don't have family near by where we could eat at in the meantime and doing dishes in the bathtub was NOT on my to-do list) and we didn't have the money to do one big huge makeover (which can cost upwards of $20,000).

In "good life for less" form we finally came up with a plan that would be easy on the wallet and can be done in stages so that we can still use our kitchen (in a modified form) while work goes on and so we can pay all cash for the re-do. We don't want to go in debt for home improvements when housing prices are falling in this area (still).

So today I can show you phase one! Yeah! We removed the upper cabinets, painted and fixed the holes in the walls and hung IKEA Lack shelves instead of cabinets.

The OLD cabinets still are on the bottom... here they peek out.

But it is amazing how the whole feel of the room (and the main floor, since we have a very open floor plan) feels completely different.

The Paris artwork is all from an old calendar I saved... my husband and I honeymooned there, so Paris always has a special place in our heart.

We especially love the framed Metro map... we spent hours studying it (and hours making fun of the silly names in an english accent).

This basket I found at Target is meant to hold CD's - FYI, it is also the perfect size for my Every Day Food mags which I LOVE. And I'm obsessed with gumballs lately. Don't they make the perfect accent?



Total cost for this phase...
Shelves $120
Picture Frames $25
Basket $10
Paint $0 (had it left over from when we originally painted the kitchen)
Artwork $0 (cut out of an old wall hanging calendar)
= Best $150 bucks ever spent. Period.

Phase Two will be ripping out the bottom cabinets and the island (it is useful but just doesn't fit the floorplan of this house) and new sink/faucet/cabinets.

Phase Three will be subway tile up to the shelves (!!!!).

Phase Four will be new cabinets across the way (far right in the original photos) by the fridge with hopefully a fancy pantry cabinet.

Phase Five will be new appliances.

This could take us months or years.... all depends on money. But the phases are set up in attainable (money and labor wise, since we are DIYers) stages. Can't wait to share more!

46 comments:

Jess Constable said...

Jill, this kitchen is beautiful!!! I love what you've done. So great :).

Jackie said...

Girl, when do I get to come over for dinner? Your kitchen looks amazing!! I can't believe it all cost under $200! I just love the shelves with all your dishes and glasses displayed so nicely. You go girl!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Such a tremendous transformation and I love how you have a plan and are tackling it in phases. I would really love to do this but am afraid it would effect the value of my home. It wouldn't effect it for me as a home buyer but I'm afraid that people are not quite as hip in the area in which I live. Great job & great encouragement for others to make a change that's cost effective!

milk tea + polka dots said...

It's really looking good! I can't wait for the next phase. I really love the paint color. What color/brand us that? Great idea to use the cd basket for magazines. I'm gonna have to make a target trip to see if I can find one of those too!

Allison Hasel said...

Great makeover! It is amazing how some easy changes can completely transform a room. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of it turns out!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your kitchen looks just fabulous. I love the shelves. They are fabulous. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Stacey said...

I have always loved the look of shelves for upper cabinets. It makes the kitchen feel so much more open!!

Staley Mc said...

Jill your kitchen looks great! I love the wall color!

pk @ Room Remix said...

I love the changes you've made so far! The shelves really do open up the space and I like the wall color.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Love, love, LOVE it! Brilliantly-executed!
I have the very same laminate with wood trim cabinetry in our casa here in Brazil, I WISH I could tear it out for open shelving {sigh}

Yours looks positively perfect!

Kotori said...

Wow - it looks fabulous! you are right - the best $150 ever spent. Can't wait to see how you do the rest Jill!

Moosette said...

WOW! It was a complete transformation - after looking at the finished product I had to scroll back up to see if it was the same kitchen! Excited to see what the next phases!

Maria said...

wow jill you knocked it out of the park, I love every bit of it. the open shelf idea is just awesome and looks stellar, especially with that paint job in the background, so so lovely!

paula said...

It looks beautiful Jill. Love the shelves. such a huge transformation for such little money.

caroline said...

Wow, I love how open it looks already. It is great! I also really like the color of the walls, too. Good luck with the rest of your plans!

Magchunk said...

Jill, it looks so great! I love the steps you have outlined too- such a smart and practical way to move forward. This must make the room feel about a million square feet larger. Love the color the mags bring to the counter, along with the fruit bowls. Can't wait to see what other changes you've been making!

Elena said...

wow. Wow. WOW! This is amazing! It's like you have a whole new kitchen. And subway tile? My dream. Absolute dream. I really like all your dishware and glassware, very pretty. Good job!

Abbie said...

It looks fabulous! I was thinking of buying the LACK shelves during my trip to IKEA a couple of weeks ago, but it says they only hold up to 30 lbs... but it looks like you've got quite a bit of weight on them just fine. Might have to go w/ them after all!!

Love the paint color... would you mind sharing what it is?

*starr fish said...

Love the open shelves vs. cabinets! Your plan is so practical. Gives me inspiration, perhaps I can tackle my bathroom in much the same way. Map out the steps and go for it a bit at at time. Pay cash & stay out of debt! So savvy!

PS~Erin said...

It looks so great! And for under $200, that's so impressive! It really has a whole new look. Love how you're phasing in out. Nice job!

karen said...

Love it! I love the color, how open it is, and the price! As someone who is going through the exact same thing (phases of reconstruction) I love to see this! And, you can feel good that someone else might take years too!

ms. less is always more said...

Abbie,

30 pounds is quite a bit - my two and half year old daughter doesn't even weigh that much and she is in 3T clothing! We also put each shelf into TWO studs to increase their strength.

As for the wall color... it is Rockport Grey by Benjamin Moore. We had it mixed to Behr's paint at Home Depot because it's WAY cheaper than BM.

Cathy said...

wow!, that looks amazing. you are truly inspiring. I look forward to seeing the rest of the transformation. Excellent!

Elisa @ whatthevita said...

LOVE IT. Great idea with the phases and to get rid what you hate and find a way to make it cute until you can get new cabinets. LOVE

Bromeliad said...

Nice job. Love the neutral backdrop with bits of bright color.

leesh said...

i've always loved this look. do you love it as much as i hope you do?

mary'smom said...

Kitchen looks wonderful. Phases are the way to go.

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

I, too, want to know what the paint color is. Looks great!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

I too want have a similar kitchen, same cabinets, same set up and same "island". Want to rip out my island in my first stage but afraid to do it. Hope you post pictures of how you do this.
I will be following your makeover and so far stunning progress with little money.
Very inspiring.
Sylvia

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

Saw you featured on DIY Showoff & had to come over. Beautiful job on the first part of your project. Can't wait to see the whole thing finished. It's going to be amazing!

kermiefrg said...

It looks amazing! I am so impressed!

The Coys said...

Your before kitchen is exactly like ours! I hate those cabinets and the inside is flimsy so I don't want to just reface them. Great idea and I love the putty color. Would you happen to remember the name of the paint? I really want to do the same in our kitchen. I just need to determine if our glassware and dishes will look as nice as yours. I'm not sure about all the sippy cups and cans of food.

ms. less is always more said...

Welcome to all the readers of DIY Show Off! Many of you have asked for the wall color... it is Rockport Grey by Benjamin Moore. We had it mixed to Behr's paint at Home Depot because it's WAY cheaper than BM.

Thanks for all the compliments! You all are so kind!

chair up said...

I'm so glad I read through all the comments before making one of my own as I was about to ask what the paint colour was that you used,lol
Your kitchen is fabulous and a testament to the fact that copious amounts of money don't have to be spent to produce a remarkable result.
We have done the same thing recently and it's so satisfying.
I'm a new follower.
Angex

shirley said...

I saw your kitchen on DIY Showoff. Very cool. Love the colors. I too am redoing my kitchen in stages. Didn't have hardly any cabinets to begin with and so I have left walls that are without cabinets which I feel opens up my kitchen and makes it lighter. (Ps love the shea butter set by the sink. Its the best!)

AJ said...

So Lovely! Awesome job!

Question: How is cooking without a vent hood? I really want to ditch my upper cabinets, too, but the stand alone range hoods require some serious saving.

ms. less is always more said...

AJ, I was very surprised to find that the hood (in our kitchen at least) wasn't venting the air (like a bathroom vent may do) to the outdoors. All it was is a glorified light and fan. I didn't use the fan much anyway, so I don't really miss it. I DO miss the light, but I am going to install some battery operated puck lights under the shelf for better task lighting while cooking. Great question!

Cathy M~ said...

your kitchen looks great already! i love how you are phasing everything according to the funds at hand~very smart!!!

Sandy said...

wow, it looks wonderful!

momy4him said...

i love the changes you made! i am so ready to rip out our tired cabinets too! i love the color on the walls too. what is it?

momy4him said...

also- i have that same exact basket and it houses my everyday food mags too! great minds... ;)

Katie said...

Beautiful!!! Love the wall color, too.

Jessica said...

This is really stunning, so chic and organized.

I have that Paris map too, in poster size, love it!

Again - the room looks amazing!

Linda Rose said...

this is totally amazing and you are so brave for having so much displayed! ha! i don't know if i could do it, but it's so beautiful!

A Delightful Design said...

These type of cabinets are tough! You did an amazing job with your changes!! I love all the milkglass.
abby

kelseywilliams said...

good work outta you! it seems like you've made it "live-able" at this point!


 

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