Thursday, April 3, 2014

our 1895 kitchen before and after reveal

I realized this morning that I've never actually done a full kitchen post, so I decided to share it in it's imperfect/dishes on the counter but clean enough for me state. :) When we moved in four years ago to a foreclosed house we had only an idea of how much work was ahead of us, but it's so fun to see it before and after! It makes it all worth it. :) 

Here's the before:

And here are some after shots! :)

We're still finishing it, but it's my favorite before and after of the whole house, and I thought it would be fun to see again. It's one of those things where you don't realize how much has changed until you look back. :)

Other than appliances, we put less than $1000 into this kitchen to paint the cabinets, replace the countertops, sink, and faucet, add beadboard, shelves and a lower cabinet to the kitchen. Rob did all the labor, even ripping out the old paneling to reveal the upper section of plank walls {that all had to be caulked individually, of course}. :) He's a beast. I sure love that man.

I love how it turned out altogether! :) I didn't intend to do gray upper walls or beadboard at all, but half way through we found we had to cover the old walls with something because of old door cutouts in the wood. We had the paint left over from our dining room, and we wanted to use our extra gallon, so we went with what we had- Chelsea Gray {BM}. After we were done, I realized the colors ended up looking kind of like Emily's kitchen, which I have loved for years {and so does Better Homes and Gardens, LOL!}! It was a lovely accident- I'm so glad we went with the beadboard!

We still might stain or paint the shelving and the new table top, but I'm not sure yet. What do you think? Should we paint the shelves white? I'd love your thoughts!!

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