Eva from The Fourth Door also submitted her kitchen makeover. She’s a DIY queen! I love the charm in her old home and she did a fantastic job keeping the character with her update. Here is her kitchen (her bathroom is the post before this).
I’m almost embarrassed to post such a messy picture, but its the only true before shot I have. So gross. (The amount of plastic bags is also very cringe inducing). However nothing is worse than the gold veined marble look counters and matching back splash.
The size of the stove is hard to see in this picture, but it was huge. I’d say it was a little bit bigger than most residential six burner stoves on the market today. Except it was only four burners, with only two of them that worked. Of those two only one worked right because the other one had no temperature control, so it would be red hot no matter the level at which you wanted to cook with. Did I mention that the one working burner tilted so far to the left that the contents of the pan would all slide down to one side? Fun times cooking on that stove…
Here our fridge, the Kelvinator, is seen. Oh, you’ve never heard of the Kelvinator brand before? Yeah, me neither until I bought a house that came with one.
Wide shot from the formal dining room door, looking through the breakfast nook onto the kitchen. What a lovely patterned floor we had…
Eventually the time came to come up with a game plan in the kitchen. We lucked out that the flow and layout were amazingly really workable, so thankfully no plumbing had to be touched or moved! As old as the cabinets were, they were solid wood and in good shape. Not having to demo and replace the cabinets was a huge contributor to keeping the costs down. Pete decided that painting them was the best way to update the look for the cheapest.
Off came all the fronts, hardware and drawers. Everything was carefully numbered so we would know exactly where to put it back. All paint-able surfaces got a good washing to remove any residual ick. Once completely dried we started the painting process. When it comes to painting cabinets time and patience is needed. Between each coat we let the paint cure for a week. Rushing a paint job like this can cause you lots of problems later down the road and we didn’t want that. It took a total of almost 4 weeks before we felt ready to place the fronts and drawers back into the kitchen.
Great job Eva (and Pete)! It’s a huge improvement! Thanks so much for sharing your bathroom AND kitchen transformations!