We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

Once upon a time there was a kitchen.  And it looked like this:

The VERY beginning

It had nasty blue linoleum floors that hadn’t been cleaned in forever.  It had a brass light fixture.  And ratty curtains, and mustard colored trim.  It was DISGUSTING.

As we started to work on the house so we could live here, we put down new floors, painted the walls a light green and put in a new light fixture.

It then looked like this:

The Inbetween- livable and clean, but not done

Finally, after taking a hiatus from the kitchen improvements. (Sometimes, you just need a break!)  We purchased new appliances.  Then a few months later we finally repainted the walls and trim, installed new window treatments, and bought a new table!

It now looks like this!

(NOTE: the walls are really a sagey/piney green, nighttime and my cruddy camera make the green look funky)

The wall color is Garden Valley from Menard’s.  The shade is a cordless cellular blind (also from Menard’s).  These are the best blinds EVER!  And the valance was found at Wal-Mart.

Our new table looks like this:

Our STEAL of a table from JC Penney outlet!

The best part of this table, it expands out with a leaf hidden underneath it.  We love it!  Since we are both crazy tall, it is great to have it a counter height.  We saved over $1000 off of the retail price by shopping the outlet!  Such a deal!

Our new appliances:

We love our new appliances.  They serve us very well.  I just need to find the perfect shelf for above the stove for some cute canisters I have and my cookbooks from my grandmothers.

I am excited to put a few last touches on the decor.  We love the kitchen, and as the heart of the home, it feels SOOO good to have it crossed off the list!!!

Note to readers: If buying a house that needs to be ‘fixed up’.  Good luck.  Just kidding…  just remember to hang in there and keep on keepin’ on.  It will come together, eventually.  We’ve only been here 16 months and FINALLY have a done kitchen 🙂



Filed under Making the House a Home

2 responses to “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

  1. Jen

    Love the kitchen! You guys did an excellent job! When it’s time to redo our kitchen, I know who I am calling for help with picking out paint colors. 🙂

  2. Angela

    Hey, we’ve been in our place about 2 1/2 years, and still have way more that we need/want to fix. Hang in there, it’s making great progress! 🙂

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