Friday, December 28, 2012

The Start of the Kitchen Remodel.... Lots more to do and show.

To start off, I bought my house three years ago when I landed my first teaching job.  It was a year full of excitement.  From getting the teaching job of my dreams, to purchasing a house by myself, and moving.  It was one of the most wonderful feelings I could imagine.  The only problem was I didn't have enough time to work on the house to make it the way I would like it to be since I closed on the house two days before I started school.  First year teaching was hard and I was more concerned about learning the ropes of teaching kindergarten then worrying about decorating and remodeling my house.  In June 2012, I married the man of my dreams.  He moved into my house after the wedding and now I have talked him into starting to remodel the WHOLE house one room at a time.  :) He was not to fond of this idea... because he knows how picky I am. We decided to start this adventure in the kitchen.  (which we still have a ways to go) I didn't think it would be such hard work and take so much time. Here are the things that I wanted done in the kitchen.

*Cabinets painted to white (don't like the wood) ~Done~
*New handles for cabinets ~Done~
*Put crown molding on the tops of the cabinets ~Done~
*Paint crown molding too
*Pull the Mica Laminate off the walls behind the counter tops ~Done~
*Fix wall after Mica is pulled off (Plaster and sand)
*Paint the walls
*Put in granite counter tops
*Put in engineering hardwood floors

The ones that have red beside are the ones we have accomplished. The others are still in progress. As you can tell we have a ways to go!! Here are some pictures of the progress.  I will keep posting updates as we get more done. So keep coming back :)

Here is the kitchen before we started to paint. (sorry we didn't get one before we took the doors off)

 Here is some pictures of our progress in painting.

We started putting the doors back on :)

We put new hardware on the cabinet doors. The color of the cabinets are Swiss Coffee from SW

Taking the Mica Laminate off the wall was not fun.

Putting the crown molding up on the cabinets (They are not painted the same color yet) Still in progress.... and the start of the plastering of the wall to fix the spot from the mica laminate. 

we still have a ways to go but it is on its way!! Today we have started sanding the plaster down and painting the crown molding.  We hopefully should be able to start painting the walls tomorrow or Sunday! Then I can get the granite counter tops!! Here is a sneak peek of the counter tops that I want and the engineering hard wood floors.

I can not wait till this project is done.


  1. wow! It's looking good! We built our house and have lived in it for 4 years this November and we JUST found the tile we like for the kitchen

    1. Thank you so much! Yeah it takes a while to know what you really want. Being patient and doing it the right way will make all the difference in the long run!

  2. You did an amazing job with your kitchen remodel! You should check out the blog I just posted "Kitchen Remodeling Ideas To Improve Your Home Resale Value"

    1. Thank you! It isn't even close to being done. But it will be one day. haha. I will certainly check out your link. Thank you for sharing! Need all the help I can get.

  3. Great remodel! We've done 2 then built a house so I totally get it! It will be worth it when your done. I'm your newest follower...great blog!

  4. Nicely done your remodeling..The ideas very nice to look...Keep blogging...

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  5. It looks very clean and organized! You maximized the space that you have and made it work. Congratulations on your new kitchen! Do you have another project in mind? I'm thinking of remodeling my kitchen too. My kitchen has always been the same ever since I lived here, which was 2 years ago, maybe it's time!

    Keaton Oakes

    1. Thank you! I have the updated photos on a later post. I might be working on the bathrooms and floors next. We will see how it goes.

  6. Remodeling could be very stressful, but I think you’re doing a great job in there. Are you and your husband the only ones doing the job? That’s impressive! We just finished remodeling ours. We hired a contractor, since my partner and I are a bit old for this kind of work! I hope you achieve the look you want for your kitchen. Good luck!

    Alejandra Hutchcraft

  7. How goes the kitchen remodeling? The granite countertops really look good! Also, it adds another color to your kitchen, plus it’s more natural-looking. :)

    Camille Edington


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