Ever wonder if your marriage can withstand anything..... renovate a kitchen with your hubby. If your both still standing when it's over, you're rock solid. I mean really is there anything more stressful than working together on a DIY project AND eating only microwave food for a month???
I loved the layout of our house the minute that I first saw it, but there was much to be done! The kitchen is very spacious but was very..... hmmm. What's the word? Hideous? This is what it looked like when we first looked at the house.
I mean look at the those roosters! What's not to lurve. I was mentally ripping down those roosters on our first trip through the house. Let no one accuse me of not being able to get past the decor of a space to the potential. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your taste) these are the only two surviving "before" pics.
We had a very small budget to work with. So we couldn't afford new cabinets. A little paint and some hardware would have to do. But what we got, was worth it. Proves even with a small budget you can make dramatic changes.
Hubby ripped the back off the counter and built in a bar. Not bad for someone whose never done it before. Alas, granite slab was not in the budget. But I think the granite tile turned out pretty good AND we got a super deal on it, under $600 for all the tile. That's a lot of counter space to cover folks.
Those colors under the cabinet are me trying to decide on the paint color, which of course turned out to be none of the above.
I do desperately want to do something different with that island now and http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2009/08/rewind-kitchen-island.html has me hankering for an updated island.