Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Hate My Kitchen, but I'm Starting To Love It

Sorry, I've been MIA.  I'm trying to get out of the no dog funk and it's hard.  Really hard.

I'm going to show you our kitchen in its current progress.  And you can't judge me.  Because we're doing it all ourselves.  Slowly but surely.  Our house is almost 100 years old.  I've painted the living room.  A nice greystone, my painter mother would say, and then the wall of paneling in here, I painted a navy blue.  The fireplace bricks were an odd color so I painted those white.  I left all the built ins and trim how they were since almost all the trim throughout the house matches.  I painted the dining room a shade darker, our bedroom is grey with maroon accents.

And then there was the kitchen.
Let me explain what's happening here.  I ripped up the linoleum, and all this adhesive was stuck to the floor.  So that's what you see there.  There was hideous paneling on the wall.  We ripped them off and found planks running behind it.  We also uncovered a transom above the door.  There was sheet rock flush with the cabinets so when we beat through it, we found they just framed all around the cabinets and hid all that space on top of the cabinets.  There was also a drop ceiling I ripped down in the very beginning.   The drop ceiling was hiding florescent lights you can kind of see up there.  Oh, and a sea foam green ceiling.  I painted the backsplash with chalkboard paint because it was what I was able to do at the time, but now I hate it.  And I hate the golden oak cabinets.

I have the floor bought, we're just waiting on all the demo before we install it.  We've sanded that far wall.  Here let me show you.  What you should know is that the walls were also covered in cheesecloth and wallpaper which is what they did a long time ago.  AND it was all stuck up with nails.  Tiny little nails, hammered all over the walls.

Here you can tell the difference after sanding.  You can follow my progress on Instagram @agirlandmerle.  I've had followers raving over the planks which totally helps me feel better about leaving them exposed.  I'll be doing some more shopping on Friday and tomorrow, I'll show you what I want it to look like in the end.  Which hopefully will be in the near future.


Adrian {Happy girl} said...

No pictures are showing up for me :( but way to go on all of your hard work!

Anonymous said...

I love it - Looks awesome. Good job!

Karen M. Peterson said...

That is so much work. You are a rock star for taking it on! Those planks look really cool.

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