When we decided on the house, it was due to its location and view. Certainly not the 1970's tri colored (sticky) shag carpet, the fake wood cabinets, the smokey mirrored shelves in the dining room or the fake brick fake fireplace in the living room. It also wasn't the bathrooms that are both smaller than 4x6 ft, the bedrooms that are 8x10 ft or the hobbit sized kitchen. No, it was because this....
is my backyard.
In order to get that though...we got this....
and something like this...
now, these are not MY kitchen. I wasn't into blogging when we moved here and I was pregnant, had just survived a horrible roll over crash AND was fighting cancer. I didn't take many "before" pictures. These are to show what my kitchen looked like-although my appliances were avocado and biscuit- not mustard colored- the similarity is frightening!
Now, this bad boy IS my kitchen...after I painted the cabinets white. Look at the beautiful carpet. The fantastic white PAISLEY counter tops. The whole 4 FEET of counter space available! I mean, how could you pass up a kitchen like this? The microwave large enough to cook a Turkey and the fluorescent light fixture just takes my breath away to this day...
The first thing we did after I painted was to rip up the sticky carpet. We laid down vinyl tiles. I know, vinyl. BUT that was 7 years ago and they are still fantastic. I love them. We bought Armstrong tiles and they are one of the changes we made that I have NEVER second guessed.
We pulled up the 2 ft counter by the stove and installed a butcher block top on that, then installed a small 12 inch cabinet we got off craigslist with a butcher block top on the other side of the stove. With a small child having a kitchen that ended with a hot stove didn't make a lot of sense.
Then we decided to use what used to be an eat in kitchen area ( and we used as a walkway) as an extension of the kitchen. We built a bar height table with a butcher block top we got out of a home remodel a friend did. My husband also built the header that now seperates the area from the dining room.
We bought new appliances. A smaller white microwave, a new stove and dishwasher. All white to go with the cabinets and counter tops.
And we put bead board on the back splash area and the soffit.
The bar area became the computer area. We found an old maple cubby in a barn sale and after cleaning it (many many times) it's perfect for our day to day stuff .
It's not done by any means. I need to do a back splash on the stove side of the kitchen. One day I want to blow out a door and make the room bigger. I want new cabinets.... BUT, instead of being a tiny eyesore, it's just tiny. And, I do want to say it works. I cook in this kitchen every day- 3 meals from scratch. I have cooked every holiday dinner for the entire family every year we've been here. I've had many dinner parties. It might be small, but it works.
And the carpet is gone.