Sunday, March 4, 2012

Kitchen Progress

I bought our townhouse in July 2010. And our kitchen is finally almost done! (It took long enough, right?) Being the person in there the most, I am SO excited! Todd even admitted that our house was coming together after we put down our new kitchen floor yesterday. (More on that later!) 

Here are the before pictures. I really wish I had taken more back then!

The kitchen was so dark and dingy. The upper cabinets were falling apart... literally. I would be cooking and pieces would be falling on the countertops. Ew. The laminate countertops were broken and didn't even match on each side of the stove. The yellow was hideous. Any food made in there looked unappetizing. But it was also just plain dirty. You can read about our Craigslist cabinets that we got at a steal for $60 here. You can read about our fridge transformation here. (FYI, stainless steel paint is uh-maze-ing!)

So back to the floors. There was an old, nasty peel-and-stick vinyl tile on the floor in a beige color. It was so stained in some places that it looked puke-ish. Tiles were lifting off the floor as well. Todd and I had started to redo the floors when we did our fridge transformation but it took us a few weeks to get back in there to complete it. It took us a total of 3 hours to get our tiny kitchen done. Todd was the cutter and I was the measurer and sticker. (We used peel-and-stick vinyl tiles. You can't beat a $60 floor!) I hate to admit that I am not a very good measurer. Todd had to re-cut numerous tiles more than once due to my mistakes. He was a good sport about it though! Let me just say, I like projects where you can just guess-timate, not measure exactly. Here are some before pictures followed by the oh-so-exciting afters! (Sorry for not taking pictures of the whole kitchen but I am a bit embarrassed by my countertop clutter!)

I did try to clean all those floor stains. Promise!

Here's a good before and after. We didn't want to pull up the trim so we just cut the tiles to fit around it. I think a little trim touch-up is in order and then it will be perfect! Also that wooden strip to separate the two floors will also go white... I think.

See how shiny?! I still need to paint the trim on this side of the kitchen and clean and paint the door.

Yay! Next is the bead board backsplash, trim painting, window treatments and then decor (the really fun part!)

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  1. New GFC and Linky follower from the Sunday blog hop!

    1. Thanks! Can't wait to check out your blog too!

  2. The transformation is amazing! I love the white cabinets. I'm hosting a link party on Wednesday and I'd love it if you'd come link this up

    1. I would love to! I have been SO behind in linking up lately so hopefully I will find some time this week to link up to your party!

  3. What a difference it makes, you both did a great job! I'm now following you on Linky Follwer and will on GFC too but right now it isn't showing up. Stop by we are redoing our kitchen too and just added beadboard! Visting from Met Monday!


  4. exciting work! i love the different colors in the wood. stainless steel paint, is that what you did on your fridge? i wish we could have used that, but the fridge had that nubby texture so it would have looked bad.

    1. Yup, we used stainless steel paint on the fridge and the exhaust hood above the stove. We have a textured fridge too but it's really not that noticeable. You can also put a clear coat on top of the stainless paint to make it shiny, which we didn't do.

  5. Oooo, I love wood floors! Yours looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Cutesy Monday!


    P.S. Have you entered the uVinyl onesie giveaway yet? I'd love for you to enter!!

    1. Thanks! I would love to enter your giveaway but I would have no need for a onesie at this time! :)

  6. The kitchen looks completely different. You must be so happy with it!

  7. This is a revelation to me. I didn't even know about peel and stick tiled. Never had heard of them in my life. They make such a difference in the aesthetics of your space. I love what you've done!


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