I’m making great progress on my house remodel, and the kitchen has been the biggest, most expensive, most time consuming project yet. I’m so glad it’s finally done. The old kitchen was dark, ugly, and infested with mice. After taking care of my mouse problem, I decided it was time for a brand new kitchen complete with new cabinets, countertops, and appliances.
The first step was to get inspired and get ideas. I love everything retro and vintage so that’s the aesthetic I was going for. After that my aunt and I took a lot of measurements and figured out the new lay out. The easiest step was demolition and gutting everything. I put an ad on Facebook Marketplace for free cabinets, countertops, and appliances for whoever came and picked them and before I knew, the kitchen was gutted and ready for further demolition.
I ripped up all the tiles and tore off the wall panels. Underneath, I realized the lathe and plaster was crumbling and would not be salvageable, so I ripped all of it out, too. Then my good friend reinsulated everything and put up the drywall.
Initially, I wanted to sand and stain the hardwood floors, but after closer inspection, I realized this wasn’t a viable option, so I decided to lay down a subfloor and put vinyl flooring on top. I’m so glad I went with this option. It’s safer and it looks great!
After that, my friend installed the cabinets, countertops, and sink. I was in a dilemma about how to paint everything, but after asking my friends and getting some ideas, I decided to paint stripes on the back wall and keep the cabinets a nice cream color. My mom helped me do a lot of the painting.
The last step was having the light fixture installed. I got this one for $30 and I absolutely love it! This project cost way more than I thought it would and took much longer, but it’s finally done and I can heave a sigh of relief. Just look at these before and after shots!
Here’s a video where I go into more detail about my home remodeling project! Enjoy!