I recently read that Pinterest stresses people out and makes them feel like they are not crafty enough.
If I hang out with crafty friends that show me what they have done, I feel as though I have also crafted...just by being around them.
It's the same with Pinterest. I see all the kitchen remodels and have felt like I have also remodeled my kitchen numerous times over the years.
We finally took all those ideas and executed our kitchen remodel. (Our favorite inspiration being this blog.) My husband is the hero in all of this. He was catalyst and did much of the work himself.
I didn't do a good job of before pictures. We will call this picture "in progress" because a few years before we had already laid down the flooring, changed the hardware and livened up the cabinets with Walnut Restore-a-Finish. To truly get the before image you have to imagine white laminate flooring that was cut unevenly and stapled along the edges. The tired looking cabinets were burdened with out-of-date big brass hardware.
The kitchen doesn't get a lot of light so we wanted to lighten the cabinets. We painted the insides light grey and hired a professional to paint the outsides. We stumbled across a place that made recycled barnwood countertops and we were smitten. Though the countertops were professionally made, my husband finished them with walnut stain and Waterlox sealer. He did 5 coats on the top and two coats underneath with sanding in between. My husband (and his dad) made the beadboard backsplash. The farmhouse sink and light fixtures are all from Ikea. We ordered the glass cabinet doors, though my hubby had to cut the glass and put it in. It was easier said than done. We went through more glass than was necessary. In the end though, we are pretty excited with how it turned out.
My husband also refinished the dining room table his parents were getting rid of. I painted the base and he sanded and refinished the top. We had family over this weekend and they didn't even recognize the table.
And while I am on the subject of my husband's handiness, he redid our fireplace a few years ago. One of our son's hit his head on the ledge that extended 18 inches, so my husband demoed it. Here is the before shot (well, kinda):
Here is the after shot:
Then, as if he had not already done enough, my husband found a cozy little electric fireplace that fit perfectly in our real fireplace. It's kid friendly and heats up that room nicely. With this addition, I think I am officially in heaven.
It feels good to finally have our kitchen done. It is my new "happy place."