Thursday, January 9, 2014

Kitchen Redo- Before & After

About the time school started my husband and I innocently started looking into how we could fix up our kitchen. It was old, dingy, and dark. We were tired of the many various colors of wood throughout the kitchen, and since we moved in 6 years ago have been dreaming of ways we can improve it. Without really meaning to, we got started on a kitchen makeover project that lasted about a month. I know that sounds crazy, how can anyone get into a huge project without meaning to? Well, we had a cabinet door that was broken in the middle and we had been thinking that maybe we can cut out the wood paneling and replace it with something-glass, chicken wire, plywood, etc. So, with the broken door in hand my husband went to explore. We weren't even sure if it was real wood under all the dark stain. We thought it might just be pressed wood with a laminate covering. We figured out we could in fact cut out the paneling and sand down the outside of the cabinet doors which would reveal stainable wood. But we were still worried about the cabinets themselves, were they stainable? About 5 minutes after I asked that question, part of the cupboard frame was sanded and we had decided that with one door missing and part of the dark wood already sanded, we had to keep going. That day we made a trip into town to buy plywood, stain, polyurethane, and sandpaper. Because of the weird start we had, I didn't get very many good before pictures, but I think you get the idea...

See the different wood colors? Yes, this is what we moved into.

This is the wood paneling we cut out. The frames of the doors were actually nice so we just replaced the inserts and re stained them. 
Terrible picture, I know, but you can see how dark and drab the kitchen looks.

Much better, right? We still have a few things we want to do, but for now, we are very happy with the results. 

To see the before and after pictures click here.
To see the sanding process click here.
To see the painting and staining process click here
To see the mess we created click here.
To see the cabinet doors click here.
To see the door and drawer trim click here.
To see how we added a cutting board shelf click here.
To see our kick board click here.

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