When we first moved into this house I knew that I wanted to update the kitchen and still keep the vintage accents that make it so unique! The previous owner built all of the cabinets himself and they were great quality so I wanted to keep them as well. We threw around the idea of painting them, but I didn't want to upkeep that comes with that. We talked about staining them, but It would be such a mess and I wanted the go for a lighter and more airy feel.
So when Josh went out of town on a business trip I knew that I would have evenings free and it would be the perfect time to work on it! I was determined to get it all finished within 3 days! With family to help with the girls and my friend Theresa, we got to work! I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like, but had never seen it done in the same way, so Pinterest wasn't much help! ( bummer! ) There was so much sanding to be done...seriously...it was ridiculous! There was a total of around 12 hours of just sanding! So much dust in my hair, clothes and lungs *cough*.
I was ecstatic when I didn't have to look at another piece of sandpaper again! Josh was just moments from walking in the door while I screwed on the last cabinet door. I wish I could say that's where it ended. Hah! But less than half of the hardware was on ( oh my gosh that was a nightmare!) and the doors still had to be sealed. So a 3 day project turned into a more realistic week and half project. But I am thrilled with the results!
I learned so many lessons along the way that I will now share with you to perhaps keep you from making the same mistakes!
And now here's what it looks like now! :D
One Year. It's been just over one year since we took a huge leap and "bought" our first house! Technically it's still the Bank's house, but it's out home! :P What an adventure it has been. As I sit here writing this blog a plumber is in our basement sawing through pipes and trying to fix a massive and rather disgusting clog and leaking pipes that we've been dealing with for a couple weeks! Our yard has a massive ditch in the front of it because we had to dig up the gas line and replace it. And when I say "we" I do mean Josh and his Dad! We went without hot water, or even warm water for nearly two months! Boy oh boy was that a fun adventure haha! They keep telling me "welcome to home ownership!" I'm realizing that this is a large part of what it is to be a home owner. But it's certainly not without it's perks! Now let's talk about some of those! I love to take something that has been forgotten, or in need of repair and giving it a facelift! That's exactly what we've been able to do with our home. We have almost completely redone every room in our house. Bit by bit, Target decor by Target decor! :P So now here's a tour of our home and some fun before and after shots! :)