If you're a regular follower of my blog, you might have noticed that I've been gone for quite some time. There's no real excuse for it, as there are many dedicated bloggers out there who, despite any circumstance, 'keep on keeping on'. In my case, my disappearance from bloggerland could be blamed 10% on pure laziness, another 10% on health (two major sinus infections and general malaise in between), 30% on keeping busy with projects within the house, and finally the rest can be attributed to just wanting to spend time with the family!
In any event, I'm back (at least for now) with what will hopefully be a 'worth your while' post...I'm finally revealing the end (again, at least for now) result of my kitchen. (Yes, I can be extremely fickle, hehe).
If you recall, back in March I began my mini kitchen renovation. This involved transforming my outdated Tuscan inspired kitchen into a more modern, sleek, and brighter space, doing all the work by myself (meaning no contractors) on a very, very tight budget.
I promise - in another post, of course - to breakdown all of the materials and costs for this project. But for now, here are the before, during, and after pics. Enjoy :)
First, we removed the metal cabinets, boxed out the cabinet above the stove, added crown molding to the top of it all, painted the cabinets, and replaced the sink. Read about that process here.
Next, we installed new kitchen counters and a white subway tile backsplash.
Then, I recruited the help of my daughter to paint that ugly orange a lovely shade of gray.
I swiftly switched out the boob light with a cheap chandelier I found at Home Depot. To spruce it up, I hung some crystals from it with fishing line.
Next, it was time to do something with that island. To add a little contrast in my now light and bright kitchen, I painted it black and distressed the edges a bit with sandpaper. I also found some wooden stools at the thrift store for unbelievably cheap and sewed some slipcovers for them.
And now, I am proud to show off my new kitchen...
I love how it turned out. There are still a few other little touches I must add to it, but for now I am quite pleased :)
P.S. There is one other thing I'd like to mention, as some of you out there might notice the date that this is published and make a connection. If you read my 'about' section, you will discover that I'm from Jersey. We recently (like, 5 days ago, recently) suffered a major hurricane in our state. The devastation throughout the area is truly heart breaking. So many have lost so much. We were extremely fortunate in our case and suffered little damage to our property. Most importantly, our family is safe and sound. I could not post this without making mention of Hurricane Sandy and it's devastating aftermath. My heart goes out to all those who were affected and I will continue to pray for you.