From Drab to Delightful: Updating the Kitchen

I love to cook and bake, which means our kitchen really sees major action on a daily basis.

But we haven’t done much to the kitchen itself ever since we moved here in 2003. I painted the walls last year from white to green. Through the years, we replaced our white appliances to stainless steel. In 2007, hubby changed the floor from vinyl to laminate.

Here’s the before picture of our kitchen. If you’re wondering about the missing door and drawer, I took it off and tried degreasing it.

Our kitchen had a laminate countertop with builder-grade cabinets that had brass handles. The cabinets now have dents, dings and scratches. The edge of the cabinet in the picture below is a souvenir from our little dog’s puppy days. Yep, he used that edge when he was teething! Even if we bought him teething toys, he still went back to that part.

Our sink and faucet also needed help. The laminate countertop was stained from years of use. We’re not the slovenly sort, but time really does takes its toll on a house.

This year, it was time to refresh our kitchen. We got quotes from Home Depot and Lowe’s, but who knew countertop installation takes forever? Thank goodness we were referred to a handyman who installed our new laminate countertop within two days after we met him. He also changed the sink and faucet.

As for the cabinets, I planned to paint them myself with the tools I bought (see post here). With 12 cabinet doors and 7 drawers, plus the degreasing, sanding, priming and painting, I estimated a week or two to get it done. The handyman said he’ll do all that in two days. We said yes. He was true to his word.

As a final touch, we added backsplash. Peel and stick backsplash, that is. Worth a pretty penny. I kept reading about Smart Tiles online. When I showed it to hubby, he liked how it looked. I considered this and this, only to realize that with green walls, something greenish in the tile would look consistent. Muretto Eco fit the bill. Even better, it was on sale for $3.55 per sheet!

Hubby installing the Smart Tiles. It was really an awesome find.

Here’s how our kitchen looks like now – the after picture.

There you have it! We rejuvenated the vibe of our kitchen. What used to be blah boring now looks modernized.

From this. . .

 . . . to this!

I love it!

I love how changes like paint, a new countertop, sink, faucet coupled with peel and stick tiles made such a gorgeous difference.

What do you think of this home update?


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