Kitchen Makeover

As I mentioned in our Long Overdue Weight Loss Update, we’ve been working on several home improvement projects. Now that we are nearing completion I thought it would be fun to share where we started out and what we’ve done to (hopefully!) improve our space.

Let’s start with the kitchen.

Here’s what our kitchen looked like when we bought our home 14 years ago. Our realtor took pictures of the entire house at the inspection, so everything is set up to the old homeowners likings.

Our house is a split level and the kitchen is downstairs. When we bought the house it was kind of like a cave in the kitchen, dark cabinets, navy wallpaper with strawberries on it, old brown appliances (except for the dishwasher) and dark carpet (!). So, obviously, we needed to brighten it up a bit.

The first thing we did was to paint the walls a very light and happy yellow.

We replaced the appliances as the old ones stopped working (thankfully not all at once).

As a temporary solution, we tore up the carpet and layed down black and white peel-and-stick tile.

We refaced the cabinets with classic white doors and brushed nickle hardware.

Now that the cabinets were white we added crown molding, painted the ceiling and changed out the light fixture (which gives us so much more light!).

Our white counter tops were stained with minor scratches and nicks, but they were still in good shape. It would have been quite expensive to replace them, so I decided to try a new product called Rust-Oleum Counter Top Transformations. It really was quite easy to do and we love the results. (It did make a BIG mess, however!)

We chose the color “Desert Sand”.

Last, but not least, we had laminate tile floors installed.

The last two projects, the counter and floor, were a part of our latest home improvement adventures.

Here’s the before and after.



It’s hard to believe that it took us 14 years to get to this point, but it was definitely worth the wait. I’ll be sharing some more of our room makeovers over the next few weeks.

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2 comments to Kitchen Makeover

  • Hi, I was wondering if you are still happy with your Rustoleum countertop renovation. In the photos you posted, they look great! We inherited dark blue countertops in our kitchen and I wanted to get Quartz ones installed, but the price is pretty high and so I am considering using the Rustoleum. Would you recommend it? What color did you use and is it still holding up well? Thanks much! Your floors look great too! What brand of tile is that? Thanks again. Have a nice day!

  • Monica

    Ha! It’s funny you ask. I was just telling my husband that I don’t like it as well as granite, but for the price it sure looks A LOT better than it did. So far it is holding up really well. Our counter top has square edges and one of my little ones decided to pick on the edge and managed to pull/scratch a very small part off, but it is barely noticeable. I also make sure not to cut on the surface or place hot pots on it. I would definitely do it again. Hope that helps. Thanks for asking!

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