Submitted By: Home Is Where My Heart Is
Hello, I’m Linda from Home is Where My Heart Is.
I began writing my blog after stumbling upon a wonderful blog “Thrifty Décor Chick” about a year ago. Once I began reading all about Sarah’s projects I couldn’t stop. I had no idea blogs about DIYing and home décor existed. Then I thought “I can do this!”
I’ve always loved writing and DIYing so this new adventure was going to be fun. We were getting ready to put our house on the market so I wanted to share the whole process of staging, selling, buying a fixer-upper(something on my bucket list) and then all the projects we would do to our “new” old house.
With the economy being what it is, God closed the door to the “new” old house so I picked my sad heart off the floor and said “I’ll make our “old” house new!!” We are now in the process of bringing our house into the 21stcentury.
I am a wife of 25 years to the love of my life (LOML in my blog) and mother of six kids who all help with the projects we do. I love God with all my heart and pray at the end of the day He says “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
BEFORE I REVEAL THE FINISHED KITCHEN…
A little history. When I started this blog, my plan was to tell our story of how we staged the house to put it on the market to sell. We had a very nice stager walk through our house and tell us what to put away, what colors to use on the walls, how to declutter.
This is our kitchen before the staging. I'll call it my hunter green kitchen. Lots and lots of hunter green!!
Then we put a little light green paint on the walls, decluttered, and lightened up things a little bit.
We decided NOT to put the house on the market. You can read about that here. Well, I thought to myself, I'm going to go WILD redoing our old house to make it new!! I wanted to tackle the kitchen first. There's so much about the above picture that yells
“COME INTO THE 21st CENTURY WOULD YA!!!”
So we have spent the last few months painting the cabinets, installing new countertops, reorganizing the cabinets, hanging curtains and, my personal favorite, accessorizing!
It's so fun (at least for me) to see the whole process so here goes. If you want to read the post that goes with each step just click on the heading (FIRST, SECOND, etc). Hope you enjoy the process as much as we did!!
We had the counters replaced with Kashmir White granite with an ogee edge.
The island has the Roman Ogee edge and the granite countertops have the Ogee edge.
We replaced our white dinged up sink with a stainless steel sink and new gooseneck faucet.
We replaced the kitchen island countertop with Ikea's butcherblock countertop that we had the ogee edge trimmed out. You can also read more here.
We replaced the hunter green out-of-date pendant lights with two black/glass pendant lights from Lowe's.
We replaced the boring white pantry door with a 10-pane window door which I painted green and replaced the doorknob with a glass knob.
We replaced the big bulky oak barstools at the kitchen island with small under-the-counter stools that we already had. We just painted them green to match the walls. We also attached newel posts to the hangover counter to add a little character.
We replaced our white appliances with Craigslist stainless steel appliances. You can read all about it here.
I'm going to bunch all the accessories into one step. I painted everything I could find either green or white and I painted the chandelier black and the lampshades white and with green trim. I also added a little bling to match the pantry doorknob bling.
This was by far the hardest and most time consuming project we've ever done. But what a difference! It was worth every drop of blood, sweat and some tears!! Every time I walk into our new kitchen I just
* SIGH *
NOW TO THE COMPLETE REVEAL……(drum roll please!!)
And last but not least…….
….and don't forget it!!
Here's the last before and after. Can you tell I love before and after pictures?
I want to say a special thank you to Son#1 for the great pictures. He's really enjoying my new camera!
Let me know what you think! I'd love to hear.
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