When Daniel and I were dating he [boldly] showed me a home on the farm and told me what his grandpa would oft tell him: “this would be a great place for you and your Suzy to live.” Besides the thrill of knowing that this cute fellow had future plans for our relationship, I was quite put off by by the home itself. First impressions matter, and unfortunately my first impression of this house was the outdated kitchen. The two-toned cabinets, mismatched appliances, and carpeted floor just did not jive well with me, at all. As Daniel and I dated further, were engaged, and married, I dreaded the day that I would call that house my house.
Fast forward a few years and sure enough, that very kitchen is my own. Now that I am more familiar with the house I have realized that my first impression was very skewed. This is a great home, with solid bones, and a comforting spirit about it. My faulty judgment was based entirely on one room: the kitchen.
When we moved in I had a mile long list of things I wanted to fix-up, much of which were projects associated with the kitchen. However, I felt like the kitchen projects were more labor intensive and expensive than the other to-dos. So, the kitchen got put off until the living room was painted, the walls decorated, and as we settled in generally.
One day I found myself with some downtime, and knowing that school (both the school I work at, and my college classes) was to begin soon I figured that I needed to at least start on the kitchen. The glaring problem in my kitchen are those cabinets, so the first chance I had I took down all of the upper ones and
destroyed them in my backyard did a quick sand, paint, and prime. Doesn’t it look so much better already? As I complete the lower cabinets I will be sure to tell you all how I painted them!
As I go forward, I think I will continue with small updates. While its going to take some time to achieve the kitchen of my dreams, my kitchen will be functional through it all, and I will be able to pay for these small projects as they come With that being said, there are plenty of small updates left, including:
Install cabinet hardware
Paint the walls
Update the backsplash
Do…something with the beige power strip-paint it?
Find a better doorbell cover!
This list may or may not be all inclusive. As I am sitting in my kitchen writing this I keep looking at the white fridge, black dishwasher, and stainless steel microwave thinking that something needs to be done there-and while I’m hesitant to paint those it is still a real possibility.
My goal is to complete one project per month, and hopefully have a pretty kitchen by next spring/summer! With that being said I better get to work on this months project! What small steps do you plan on taking to update your kitchen (or bathroom/bedroom/laundry room…)?