When we last talked houses, I was telling you about our plans for a kitchen face lift.
Our kitchen functions well, and we like the space. We have upgraded the stove and fridge since we moved in two years ago, so they are wonderful. I love the pot rack. The cabinets are quite old (originals from the 1960s) but they function well and have a good amount of storage, so there was no need to replace them. But what I really wanted to change were the countertops and backplash.
I dislike both our butcher block and concrete countertops (and the fact that they are mixed materials!) Neither counter is sealed well. Every little stain, wet spot, drip of wine, scratch or ding shows up on the wood. The concrete is scratched and has holes in places. About a year ago we tried resealing them ourselves, but it didn’t last. There are also tons of seams that are filled with crumbs of all flavors, including a two-level seam on both sides of the kitchen that makes prep more limited. Neither are caulked, especially where it matters behind the sink, so who knows what kind of water damage is behind them. Lastly, I really don’t like the dark look of the concrete and 6-inch splash. I prefer a bright and airy style. These have been decent counters for the past two years, but I’m ready for something with better function and style.
We decided that with our new updates the cabinets would look very worn, so a fresh coat of paint became part of the plan. It’s a bit hard to tell in photos, but they are an off white color and have a lot of marks on them. There are also places where they were not primed properly and knots of wood show through. I have tried touching them up, but it has only been a temporary solution.
So who did we call? Painter Justin!!
Remember when Justin did some painting for us when we first moved in? I think he got more comments than the salmon did in that post ; ) He runs SLP Paint Company here in town, and we were glad to hire him to help us out again.
Here’s the before:
And here’s the after! The cabinets are much brighter and smoother.
I also bought new oil-rubbed bronze hardware, which I found online for a fabulous price.
Surviving the mini reno without our kitchen was not very fun, but it was a quick 3 days. We had to empty everything out of the kitchen so Justin could sand
Here is where most of it went:
And here – on the porch! We were determined not to have to pack too much into boxes. I covered these with a fitted twin sheet for the duration of the project.
Finally, we also had the white wall and ceiling painted because next to the brighter cabinets everything would look yellowed. A previous owner sure loved the color off white!
After: Now it’s all bright white and we love it!
Next up: How the furniture went for a ride!