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A Crazy Year to DIY the Kitchen – Kitchen Cabinets


DIY The Kitchen – Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Update

This is what my kitchen looked like right after I moved in, bought new appliances, and painted some walls.

This post talks about the kitchen cabinet outsides. My cabinets were in great shape, even though the cabinets were original to the 1974 house. The only weird thing was they put thin plywood on the inside (top, bottom, sides and back). And not very well.

I actually had done the kitchen cabinets a couple of years ago myself. I had used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit ($75). I lightened my cabinets from a darker oak to a vintage color. It took 5 days to do, completing the project only at night after work.

Go here for the post where I used the Transformations kit.

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After the first transformation with Rustoleum

t was a great idea at the time, but I decided I really didn’t like it after a while. No clue why, other than it was not inspiring. And my kitchen needs to be inspiring in order for me to cook something other than Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (my daughter’s favorite food).  Does that make sense?

Giving it a Second Go Around

So I decided to change the kitchen cabinets. Again. I was starting to fall in love with mid-century designs. I think I was born about 20 years too late. The 50’s are when almost every woman knew how to cook! Read more

Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 2


Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 2

Kitchen updates again? Really?

Okay, so you’ve decided to paint the kitchen, and got that accomplished last weekend. Isn’t there something else a goddess can do to create a new kitchen without having to take out a loan?

Of course there is! That is what I did last year, and I am here to help you decide what you want to do as an overhaul, without having to break the bank.

The next easiest thing (actually easier than painting), and a little bit pricier would be to change the hardware on your cabinet doors and drawers.

But I like my cabinet hardware! Don’t make me change it! Fine, don’t change it. But I bet it could use some cleaning. Has it ever been cleaned? No? What do you mean you don’t clean your hardware. Well, neither do I. But I learned how just in case.

Metal cabinet hardware needs to be cleaned regularly, else it looks seriously dingy. Think about it. We have grease, dirt, fingerprints, dust, spilled food, all in a small area called our kitchen. The hardware should be cleaned on a regular basis. Let’s say monthly, please. Read more

Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 1


Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 1

Do you want a cheap kitchen update? How about spending (depending on taste) under $100?

At one point or another, all kitchens get boring. Maybe it’s the color of the backsplash, or maybe you don’t have a backsplash. Maybe it’s the color of the cabinets themselves. Maybe you want something more special than just laminate countertops.

There are a multitude of things you can do with a kitchen update, anywhere from the simple to the extreme. The kitchen is the best place to do a remodel and get the most bang for your buck. But do you have tens of thousands of dollars to redo it? Do you have potentially months of having minimal or no access to your beloved heart of the home? I know I didn’t.

But I wanted a change, a dramatic kitchen update. I spent almost a full year doing it a little at a time, what I could afford. My kitchen does not look anything like it used to, other than the appliances and the walls.

Kitchen Update

This is what my kitchen looked like right after I moved in, bought new appliances, and painted some walls.

The easiest things to change your kitchen are at your fingertips. Two easy makeovers that don’t take a lot of time, and ones you can do yourself. Read more

A Crazy Year to DIY the Kitchen


A Crazy Year to DIY the Kitchen

Last year was so crazy! There were times I couldn’t even breathe. But I did accomplish a few things, and I want to start sharing with you.

I totally retro’d my baby kitchen. I could not change the footprint. Well, I could have, but didn’t want to. Who wants to pay for plastic surgery when you can be just as pretty with a make up job? So that is what I did. And I will be sharing it with yo over the next couple of weeks.

My kitchen is very small. It is only 9 feet by 10 feet. Two of my walls do not have any counter, one being the view of the outside and the other being blank, with just one outlet and no counter potential. It doesn’t help I have two doorways into the kitchen either!

Available counter space is used by a microwave, coffee pot, and toaster oven. Which leaves me with a tiny square of prep area. For a Goddess chef, that is totally unacceptable!

Add More Counter Space

Most kitchen islands are too big for my tiny spot even though I LOVED the storage space in them, were way too expensive (some of them are priced over $1,000, or they didn’t mesh with my tastes. Did I happen to mention I LOVE retro? Personally, and between you and me, I think I was born about 20 years too late.

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