I’ve already showed quite a bit of my kitchen (here, here and here) but I wanted to show you the whole kitchen remodel and all of the DIY details in one post as well as talk a little about my countertops! I am so excited to have this space done. And I have to admit that I feel really proud of it! It’s not perfect by any means and it’s not my dream kitchen. But it is literally 1000% better than it was.
And most importantly, I did it all by myself! Every bit of this kitchen was DIY and I did it all while five months pregnant and with a toddler. In addition to working, blogging, doing a bunch of other projects, and working on Malissa and I’s new business venture (exciting things are coming!). So yeah, if that sounds a little conceited, I feel a little conceited about it, ok? :)
This kitchen was the last place of my house that I really felt like I needed to complete before we have this next baby. I’d love to get the nursery and craft room done as well, and plan to at least start both next month, but I don’t know that they will be completed before October. Really none of that matters though! Mainly because neither of those rooms are places you absolutely have to have the baby in. They’re out of the way, not a required passageway to the rest of the house like the kitchen is.
This kitchen sits right in the middle of our home. Which makes it not only hard to get beautiful, natural lighting (the blogger in me cares a lot about this haha) but also a required place of passage to get basically anywhere else. I don’t mind this now that the space is bright, colorful and new. But, when we moved in, this kitchen was a different story. There was a lot I didn’t like about it. Ugly light fixtures, a weird window, dark brown cabinets and old hardware. But mainly, all you really need to know is that the kitchen was carpeted.
The whole time I was ripping it out, I just kept thinking “what was wrong with everyone in the 70’s?!” I know it was kind of a thing to do back then and, for the life of me, I just cannot imagine whyyy. The one space that you’re basically guaranteed to spill in every time you use it and lots of people thought it was a great idea to make it impossible to fully clean up by putting a super absorbent surface there…so interesting.
And yes, the carpet in this kitchen was from the 70’s. It was 45 years old. It horrified me and it especially horrified me to imagine my baby crawling around on it…shudder.
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