Kitchen Makeover Underway!

After 5 years, we are finally starting our kitchen makeover! I am beyond excited, as it is a mismatch of many different decades.

Our house was built in the early 60s, the kitchen being totally gutted in the 80s and hasn’t been touched since. The colour and finishings were not our style but giving a kitchen a facelift isn’t cheap so we held off.

Our kitchen cabinets are in great shape and very good quality, in the 80s when the kitchen was gutted the cabinets were custom made. We want to keep the cabinets because the layout and flow of the room works well. Everything else mind you is going!! Meaning: backsplash, countertop, flooring and paint.

We have started the makeover but will leave the before and after photos until the very end! (sorry!)

Here is what our kitchen looks like now:

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Our Current State of Chaos

Over the last week, our home has been in a state of straight chaos. We are starting stage 1 of 3 of our kitchen facelift, this stage is by far the messiest. At this point, we are removing the backsplash tile, skimming our ceiling and backsplash area. Lots of dust and lots of dirt.

Ryan and I have been doing the demo ourselves, however we decided to go the professional route for the skimming. Not only is it a horrible job to do but a professional really has a flare for making it look perfect.

Right before I went to bed last night I snapped a photo of our living room. It feels like our entire house right now is upside down. What you can’t see is a couch that won’t fit in our basement in the middle of Ryan’s office and our basement full of random belongings from our garage sale we need to put away.

Although our home feels like a disaster zone right now, I can’t wait to have the whole project done this summer. It is going to look amazing!

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Flaming RED!!!

It is 5:30 a.m., I can barely open my eyes while I stumble down the stairs into the kitchen. I manage to fill the kettle with water, my eyes starting to adjust to a new day and I finally work up the courage to flip on the kitchen light… BAM!!! It is that bright, screaming red wall again! Talk about a rude wake up call. To think, I am even a morning person and that wall is still alarming to face in the wee hours of the morning. 36171_446730163605_1891614_nThis same scenario played over and over again for several weeks after we moved in. The reality was, the wall was truly glowing.

Now, I should make perfectly clear that I like the colour red. I have personally seen the colour executed beautifully in many homes. This shade in particular was extremely bright, hence the “glowing” effect, and used in a way that did not flow with anything else in the house. I really liked the idea of having an accent wall in the kitchen, as they are typically used in a bedroom or living room. The flooring in the kitchen is a light grey, along with flecks of grey in the counter top. I thought it would be a good opportunity to bring the colour used in our foyer further into the house, as it coordinated well with other aspects of the kitchen.

I decided to try it. What is the worst thing that could happen? I absolutely hated the colour and had to paint one wall over again. When it comes to red walls, it takes just as many coats of paint to get it on the wall, as it does to have it gone. After 4 coats of paint, the red was a distant memory. I decided to paint the shelf white to accent it properly and my husband installed a new hanging light.

The change made my attempts to function in the early hours of the morning less intrusive, allowing me to enter my insanely busy days with a little more ease.Kitchener-20130121-00210 Kitchener-20130121-00211