Kitchen Update 2015

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So………

I’m back from my long trip off the face of the planet and I have so, so, so, so, much to share!!!

When we last left off I was in the midst of my kitchen re-do on a budget. Let me remind you of what my log cabin-I mean kitchen- looked like.

(Or for fun you could just close your eyes and let yourself go back to any kitchen in 1989)

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Now, don’t get me wrong. My kitchen wasn’t horrible but it certainly wasn’t going to be anybody’s after picture.

We had already done a few things in the kitchen prior to tackling this major mini-redo. We had the floors done few years ago and I painted the hutch a while back as well.

My kitchen has lots in the “plus” category even before the mini- renovation. First, and most importantly, it’s huge and has lots of light. And I love the look of the cabinets-just not the color. There is also tons of counter space. While I of course would love stainless steel appliances, black would have been my second choice. Since we are doing this on a budget, we are sticking with the black for now and I can totally live with them.

Like I said, the cabinets were actually really nice- I love the beadboard, and they were in great shape. So guess what I did? Painted them! (Surprise suprise) I shared with you all here.

Next, I showed you the formica transformation when we installed the granite. This was almost too much excitement for me to handle (maybe thats why I ran away from the internet for so long).

Lastly, we added a tile backsplash which I really like despite one little curveball. I selected the tile because I loved that the tiles were clear glass and white stone- very simple. I had to stifle a bit of shock when the wall color (blueish green) showed through. I figured the white thin-set mortar would cover the paint color completely.

Oops.

Lesson learned.

If anyone reading this knows my husband, don’t share this story. I fake smiled my way through this and he’s none the wiser. I have learned to live with it.

(Comment and tell me you love it to make me feel even better about it.)

I also changed out the curtains. I made them the way I usually do (post coming up on that soon), but I wanted a fabric that had a little lilac in to tie in with the subtle purple I see in the countertop. It’s quite possible I am the only person who sees purple in my countertops but whatevs.

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Before and After:

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I don’t really know why I never showed you the finished result. I wish I could say it was because I was off doing something exciting. But….. I wasn’t. Sometimes life just gets in the way of this blog. I spent a lot of time focusing on health and exercise, doing boring projects that aren’t really blog-worthy (repainting rooms and stuff) and living life without worrying about befores and afters.

But that got boring too, so I am back!

Stay tuned!