husband and I closed on our first house at the end of April and
couldn’t wait to make it our home. Our little 1927 bungalow was so
charming, but like most old houses many of the rooms needed face lifts.
The weekend that we closed, I immediately started on the kitchen. It’s
such a little space, and the original dark wood cupboards made it feel
even smaller. My first task was to paint the cupboards white. It took me
a week from start to finish, but the results were astounding. The
kitchen already felt more light, spacious and serene!"
there I also painted the old brown and beige linoleum floor white.
Another huge change. Next came the more labor intensive tasks that my
husband, Cole, handled beautifully. He tore out the formica counter tops
and replaced them with wood butcher block from Ikea and then replaced
the outdated sink and faucet."
husband’s last task was to install wood plank walls. This took him
three weeks and me one weekend to paint. In between these renovations, I
decided to give my refrigerator a makeover. Following an old DIY post
by Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky,
I used some faux wood contact paper to give my boring old fridge a fun
new look. My final task of stenciling the floor was such a doozy that I
probably won’t ever attempt it again. It was by far the most tedious and
back breaking work."
that all the hard work is (almost) done, I can really enjoy the
transformation. I sometimes take a moment to simply stand in the doorway
and marvel at my beautiful kitchen."