Kitchen Makeover

Our house is what  you would call a ‘fixer upper’.  The first thing we did when we moved in back in 2009 was gut the kitchen. I didn’t even think to take a before picture! Let’s just say it was straight out of the 1960s and in really rough shape. 

We endured a very lengthy kitchen renovation. In fact, the kitchen was just finished in the last month. Talk about stress! I think kitchen renovations are the absolute worst. The kitchen is the heart of the home and having it all disorganized and very messy is no fun at all. We managed though, but barely! I’m just relieved it’s finally come to end. It was definitely something I wouldn’t want to do again anytime soon.

Kitchen renovations are also very expensive. Even if we wanted to get it all done in one shot, there was no way we could afford it all. I’m proud to say we saved up the money to do it all ourselves and nothing in this post is sponsored. 

One of the first things we did was move the one kitchen window so that it would be situated in front of the kitchen sink.It was in an odd location before beside the basement door. We also extended and replaced the countertop with black tiles. The backsplash was done in a dark red tile.

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    At first we were planning to do a kitchen island and had an electrician come and move the stove wiring to the middle. We lived like this for months. It was a very odd sight!

    Kitchen Makeover

    Then after careful debate and budgeting, we realized it would be too expensive to get an island. We would have to purchase a new stove top and oven separately and with John being medically released from the military, it just wasn’t feasible. 

    During the renos, I always knew what I had on hand because I had no cupboard doors! The ceiling was also opened up and the cats were able to scale the cupboards and explore the ceiling. We had a dog come over one day and Misty was terrified and ran up the counters and hid in this little cubby space.

    Kitchen Makeover

    We were doing most of the renovations ourselves. John even showed my daughter, Bridget, how to mud the drywall.

    Kitchen Makeover

    The kitchen had one dinky light in the centre and was so dark and gloomy. We brightened it up by adding in six pot lights. One thing I will say though is that the light bulbs DO NOT last very long. It seems like one is always burning out. We picked the pot lights up at The Home Depot.

    Kitchen Makeover

    I breathed a sigh of relief when it was finished and am very happy with the result. We didn’t spend a fortune on it and I think it turned out well. The cabinets are actually the old cabinets but with new oak doors and hardware. The double sink we picked up for $20 at a garage sale and the Delta Touch faucet I won in a blog giveaway years ago.

    Kitchen Makeover

    The vinyl flooring was on sale at Happy Harry’s in New Minas. It was the last they had of this design and we bought them out. I would have liked to have a tile floor, but again I didn’t have enough money so vinyl it is. I did get a tile design though.

    Kitchen Makeover

    Kitchen Makeover

     The little cubby you see there is now closed. It gives access to the plumbing upstairs. 

    Kitchen Makeover

    Kitchen Makeover

    I bought a dishwasher two years ago and love having one again. This house didn’t have one when we moved and I despise washing dishes. Dishwashers are so handy to hide the dirty dishes. I hated seeing them on the counter or in the sink. 

    Kitchen Makeover

    Kitchen Makeover

    The kitchen table is old and we don’t really use it much. We have a dining room that is off the kitchen with our bigger table. I tried to hide the ugly table with a black tablecloth.

    Kitchen Makeover

    Our fridge and stove are not new. I’m not crazy about the location, but that’s where they had to go with the way the kitchen was wired.

    Kitchen Makeover

    Kitchen Makeover

     Months ago I made a spice rack and it now hangs where it belongs….in the kitchen for easy access!

    Kitchen Makeover

    My kitchen is now a space I enjoy spending time in. I love cooking and baking and it’s so much easier when everything is clean and organized. I’m no longer embarrassed when people come over to my house and proud to say that we did most of the work ourselves. 

    To see more makeovers, check out my living room makeoverbathroom makeover and master bedroom makeover.



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    119 Comments

    1. kathy downey says:

      Guess your cat has been busy nosing around and exploring everything you move

    2. kathy downey says:

      I cant wait for spring we are removing the wall between the kitchen and dinette

    3. kathy downey says:

      I love what you done,an amazing job

    4. kathy downey says:

      Love the way you have the spices and herb

    5. kathy downey says:

      This kitchen looks so cozy

    6. Melissa S says:

      You guys did a really great job, we are redoing our kitchen too and I feel the same about where my fridge and stove are located. It would be cost prohibitive to relocate them though so I will work around them.

    7. laurie nykaza says:

      The kitchen came out amazing Your cat looks just like my 17 year old one Noel so funny. Nice to see a great DIY kitchen that turned out amazing!

    8. Wow! I remember living like that with everything torn up for a long time. It is hard to do but you manage. What an improvement. Thanks for sharing. It was very difficult for me but we go through. It is worth it in the end. I just kept waiting for my end. We had to move out to get ours finished.

    9. Marilyn Legault says:

      Great job. Inspiring 🙂

    10. I remember going through this. I couldn’t wait until it was done. Very nice remodel and your spice rack fits perfectly!! I hate remodels or the process for it never goes as planned. We had to live in a torn up kitchen for too long in the past. It never was finished until we moved out!!

    11. You had a clean slate to work with and I know you put a lot of hard work into this project but I know you are very proud of it too. It looks great, and I would be happy to own a kitchen like this. You even thought of spice rack which I think was awesome. Give yourself a pat on the back. Thanks for sharing we love to see accomplishments like this!

    12. Debbie Cahoon says:

      you’ve done a wonderful job. Your kitchen is so very functional and beautiful. I’d love to have it.

    13. Christina P says:

      Thanks for the post. We will be building soon and it is so helpful to see how everybody builds and renovates. I bet your cat is happy to have everything back to normal!

    14. Nelda Gay says:

      This was totally awesome!!!!! I so wish that I could do a makeover in my house..

    15. Cindy Merrill says:

      Have you considered adding Wall stenciling? It would jazz up the grayish green walls, and there are thousands of options to choose from! Personally ( As a food Historian), I would choose something timeless/year round, such as ivy leaves, maybe.

    16. the kitchen looks great i love watching property brother’s they give you great idea’s when your going to change your kitchen i love the color you chose for your cabinets

    17. Donna Lindner says:

      Thank you for sharing your kitchen makeover. I too, like the red tile with the oak cabinets. We’re planning our kitchen remodel right now, picking up materials we find on clearance and other deals. Saved $300 on a new stove at Home Depot because it was a floor model with a small scratch.

    18. kathy downey says:

      red tile back splash set the kitchen off,i love everything

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