Who doesn’t love a good before and after? Well technically this is a before and during, but since I promised to share some updates on the current state of our house before the big remodel, I figured I might as well include some original pics too.
Quick update on where I’m leaning for the kitchen design. You can follow along with my Pinterest boards here , and check out a preview of my latest vision/inspiration. I was originally thinking of going with white on white, but after this episode of Fixer Upper, I really found myself leaning towards grey cabinets and possibly even grey trim. Also, on a quick appliance shop visit, I kinda accidentally fell in love with the La Cornue ranges and now cannot picture the kitchen design without one. I mean, it’s basically a piece of art for the kitchen, right?! Seriously though, so so gorgeous. And maybe it’ll make me cook more 😉
More to come on the full design details, but looking at those Pins gives a good glimpse of how far we’ve come from when we first moved in.
Really it’s not terrible. I’ve definitely seen waaaay worse when walking through open houses. But let me just say that these pictures (which were from the listing) look way better than what was really going on. Those cabinets were such a terrible yellow wood tone and those counters/backsplash – gold speckled formica. Awful. It may look neutral here, but it was far from it.
We knew that we’d be remodeling at some point in the somewhat distant future, so we weren’t too thrilled about spending a ton of money to spruce things up. I was knee deep in DIY blogs at the time and came up with a number of ideas to improve the space on a budget. Before I give the breakdown of what we did, here are the afters/current pictures of our kitchen.
Disclaimer – I just cleaned and it does not normally look this sparse. Also, I did keep a few things out to keep it real (like the baby/dish drying mat and the plethora of magnets and photos on the fridge). This is technically still a before, so it can’t look that great! You probably noticed the lack of detailed closeups. Read below to find out why 😉
Not too shabby, right? I’m clearly biased, but I think it was a pretty good improvement considering we spent maybe $1,000 or so. It’s definitely far from perfect (hence why I did not include any closeup shots!) but it made the room SO much more enjoyable for the 4 years before the remodel.
As for the breakdown, here’s what we did:
- Painted the cabinets and faux beams white
- Painted the back wall a dark navy blue
- Replaced the hardware (Home Depot)
- Replaced the faucet (HUGE difference on this one btw)
- Installed floating shelves on the back wall (we bought the wood and brackets from Home Depot and followed this tutorial to distress)
- Tiled over the formica with subway tile (super proud of this DIY btw! DEF not perfect though)
- Covered the counters with a concrete mixture following YHL tutorial here
It was a lot of work and it’s far from perfect (we have 2 holes in the counter from the counter not being able to handle a hot pot – whoops) but it for sure served its purpose until the remodel.
I have definitely enjoyed this space, but I can’t wait to make it more open and functional, replace our archaic appliances and get that washer and dryer out of there!