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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The New Old Kitchen

Welcome to my 2nd "Met Monday"! Today I have some before and after photos of a little kitchen renovation we did last summer.
We live in a 12 year-old manufactured home, and over those 12 years I've painted over the patterned vinyl wallboard in every room. A couple of summers ago I finally did the kitchen. I must admit that the red was a bit out of both of our comfort zones, but we love it. I also replaced all of the door and drawer pulls, and Greg took down the ceiling light above the sink and put in a small pendant.
Last winter when we put in the wine and coffee centers, we chose the countertop with the red paint in mind, knowing we'd be replacing the laminate on the counters in the kitchen eventually, too. Last summer that project got underway. My honey is a very handy guy who can DIY pretty much every aspect of a small home renovation. This time he got to not only replace countertops, but also did a little electrical work and some plumbing. (We live in a tiny rural village that does not require licensed contractors for plumbing and electrical.)
We have a small galley kitchen. Here, I'm looking into the main kitchen area.
Here it is after Greg replaced the counter tops, changed out the rangehood, and put in the new faucet.
The fan over the stove had stopped working years ago, but Greg hadn't replaced it because the rangehood is an odd size, and he couldn't find one for a price we were willing to pay. Finally we found we could special order from Home Depot and the price was definitely affordable. Over the past 4 1/2 years we've changed out all of the appliances to stainless, so that's what we went with for the rangehood.
The gooseneck faucet is actually the third try for a kitchen faucet we've had in this house. I love it.
We also put in a garbage disposal - hadn't had one in this house. You can't really see it, but instead of a light switch on the wall, there is a little button for the disposal to the right of the sink, set in the countertop.
We planned to change out the sink, too, taking the double bowl out and putting in a single bowl. I did the measuring, and purchased the sink. Unfortunately I measured the top, not inside the cabinet, and the new sink was too wide. (Stupid manufactured homes have nothing that is standard measurements!) Fortunately we figured that out before Greg cut the hole for the sink. We just put the old one back in. (Yes, I could special order the correct size single bowl sink, but $600 is out of my budget...)
In this photo, Greg is removing the counter from the left side of the stove. You can see what the old wallboard looked like. No, I didn't paint inside my cabinets. If you look closely, you can also see the little jingle ball kitty toy on the floor. Not a safety hazard, was it?
Here's another view from the other end of the kitchen. See those plates on the wall at the far left? The bottom two are those tacky souvenir state plates that I spraypainted white. The top is from Avon and is a pale green, but light enough to go with the white ones.

This area is opposite the kitchen sink, next to the refrigerator. (The refrigerator that doubles as a bulletin board.)

And here it is after. Those canisters are actually antiques. I bought them at a garage sale several years ago for just a couple of dollars. They started out pale yellow, but all scratched up, so I spray painted them. The black is the third color they've been since I've had them.

Next summer's project will be the floor. I've picked out some black and white laminate, but Greg is dragging his feet. We'll see what we end up with. I'd also like to do something with the cabinets. The bottom doors and some of the drawer fronts have seen better days...
To see more metamorphases, head over to Between Naps on the Porch and check out the talent. You may be inspired to try a project of your own!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great post, Tammy. I love the changes you've made!

janet said...

very nice makeover tammy, and gallery kitchens are one of my favorites, so easy to work in.

MeganSloan said...

Oohh.. I like!

Shelia said...

Your kitchen looks fantastic! Love everything you've done!
bE a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

mbkatc230 said...

Great job! Alot of work, but it really came out well and I love the red. Kathy

Linda said...

Really nice kitchen redo. The red and the counters are so pretty. Good idea about spray painting the plates! Also,love the dresser you painted black in a previous post. Linda

Momovthree said...

What a great kitchen transformation! I really like your plates on the wall and the red looks great.

Happy To Be said...

GM Tammy...its looking good guys did a wonderful job on this redo..thanks for sharing..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Chandy said...

Tammy, what a great choice on countertops. It looks great!

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

Mom in High Heels said...

Very nice! Love the difference the counter tops make.

Sherri S said...

I love the makeover! I want new countertops BAD. Am even thinking of just painting them instead, to save money. Love your new kitchen!

xinex said...

Your kitchen is looking really good now!...Christine

Barbara Allen Moore said...

Your kitchen is so warm and homey! What a great job to you both!