Words cannot express how happy I am that we finally bit the bullet and remodeled the house. While I’m happy about all of the projects that we tackled, the kitchen renovation was definitely the most satisfying. It was kind of like breaking up with that long-term boyfriend who’s kind of a scrub but is perfectly nice and so you just stay with them for waaaaay longer than you ever expected, but then you come to your senses and dump them and suddenly you’re swept away by a partner who actually meets all of your needs, even the ones you didn’t know you had.
Am I a little too in love with our new kitchen? Perhaps.
We made a slight improvement a few months later when we happened to find a set of bottom cabinets that matched the originals for $20 at The Loading Dock. They weren’t quite big enough to completely fill the space so Conrad improvised an extra open shelf, which managed to tide us over for 2+ years.
I suck at taking before pictures because I hate having to look at the ugliness that I’ve been living with, but these were our main complaints about the kitchen:
- No storage space meant that it was always a mess. The cabinets you see–along with a small pantry–were the only storage space we had. We improvised some shelving along the way, but we never had enough space for all of our necessities.
- Same went for counter space. We had the space on either side of the sink and we also put in a small breakfast bar on the opposite wall, but whenever we did dishes we had to use up all the counters to let them dry. Not ideal.
- The flooring and counters were awful. What kind of monster chooses to outfit their kitchen in dark green???
I knew it was bad, but little did I know what a difference it would make to actually change the things we hated!
Kitchen Renovation Details
First and foremost: words cannot adequately express how amazing it is to have a dishwasher. It’s sooo much easier to keep the kitchen clean and I’m not wasting like 40 minutes/day doing a chore I despise. Every time I use it, I say a little prayer of thanks to the generations of mothers who had to survive without one. Your service is unfathomable.
The floors are one of my favorite surprises about the kitchen renovation. We planned on just going with laminate, but our contractor recommended this snap-in vinyl plank flooring. It looks incredible, it was surprisingly affordable, and it’s got this nice spring to it when you walk on it. It feels surprisingly cushy and I’m just so totally in love.
Y’all, having an adequate amount of cabinet and counter space is a GAME CHANGER! We added 2 more cabinets+2 drawers and we actually have enough storage space! (The pot rack from Ikea also helps with that.) And thanks to the dishwasher, we now actually have enough counterspace to cook!
This was our old storage solution for our ridiculous spice collection. Conrad made it from a $2 piece of scrap lumber which was cool, but after awhile we realized that it was kind of ugly. Not ideal.
We upgraded with a nice shelf above the door that actually blends in and looks intentional. The space is still a little bit cluttered, but the whole kitchen is only like ~80 sq. ft. so you gotta do what you gotta do.
One of my favorite scores during the whole kitchen renovation was the cabinet hardware. Do you have any idea how expensive hardware is???? Home Depot wanted like $4/piece for the most basic drawer pulls! Luckily Second Chance came to the rescue and we found a box of matching hardware for $10. We had exactly enough to do both apartments. Thank you, gods of secondhand shopping, for watching over us that day.
Man, life feels good when you love your kitchen.