When it comes to house projects, I tend to underestimate the amount of time/energy/money that the project is going to take. So instead of a couple of weeks and a couple hundred bucks, it turns out to be several months and a thousand bucks or more! The case of our kitchen is a prime example. It has been on my radar since the day we moved in! I did some temporary fix ups to make it tolerable (I couldn’t wake up to that rosy wallpaper everyday without losing my mind!).
(before we moved in)
We painted it green. First a mint green, then a better looking sage.
(This was the only picture I could find with that color
on the wall! We were set up for Thanksgiving)
But I knew that one day, I wanted to really get in there and fix it up the way I wanted to. So I planned that day for December 26, 2008. I was off from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day, and the hustle of Christmas was over, so there was no better time to tackle this monster! And I really thought that if I worked from the time I woke up till the time I went to sleep, that I could pretty much finish it in a week! Big mistake! Total underestimation! Here are the before pictures.
We had already painted it and added a chair molding
when we painted our living room and dining room.
Cabinet doors and backsplash off. The backsplash was laminate that matched the ugly countertops that were off white with pink and blue stripes.
Cabinets primed and painted.
We painted the backsplash and we added some
beadboard to the ends of the cabinets.
If remodeling the kitchen only included the base of the cabinets, the backsplash and countertops, this project would have been much simpler. That part really didnt take me long at all. It was the cabinet doors that about killed us for a year and a half. The doors have been such a disaster. . . .