Sunday, March 11, 2012

Kitchen Challenge Part I, Cupboards

I have to admit that I can be very impatient at times. And I tend to look at the big picture and get overwhelmed and frustrated before I calm down, break the situation into smaller pieces and come up with a solution. And that's how our kitchen renovation challenge came to be.

My much loved husband Ken is a contractor. He builds for a living and is not only handsome and handy and all things good, but he puts up with me and that makes him amazing. But I digress....

One of the frustrating parts of being a contractor and working for yourself is that you never know really when or where your next job is going to come from. Or, on the flip side, you have so much work that you're beat by the time you get home. So, here lies the problem with renovations here at Rosehaven; when there is work, there is a bit of extra money for home renovation, but no time or energy to do it. When work is slow and there is time at home to get a few projects done, money is tight and we have to cut back. No extra money for supplies. Like I said, FRU-STRA-TING.

But the other day, as I stood in my kitchen getting ready to have a mini-meltdown because I was SICK of looking at the mess, something happened. I got to thinking about all the things I wanted in the kitchen and realized that I was missing the point. I had made a decision to simplify my life and make do with less and yet here I was thinking about new cabinets, new sink, new this, new that, when really, with some elbow grease and things we had around here we could really do something amazing. And do it cheap too.

So, the challenge is on. Call it making do, thinking outside the box, being creative, clutter busting. Call it whatever, but I call it genius. And I'm thinking that my frugal husband likes the idea too.

We started last weekend. Our kitchen is very small and after checking out the base cabinets, we decided that they would be fine  if they were stripped down and painted. I had gone through a period where I had painted everything black. Ken was shocked when I said I wanted to paint them white.

Check out the before...

And the after...


I love how fresh it looks. We were amazed at how many coats of paint had to be peeled off, and pleasantly surprised to find that there were chrome hinges under all that paint. Total cost for Part I of the renovation? (Or as my kids call it, the "Wrenovation")..... drum roll please....... $0.00. Yep, you read that right. We used things we already had:
  • A heat gun to remove the layers of paint
  • Sandpaper to smooth the final layer
  • A bit of paint remover for the hinges
  • White spray primer left over from a craft project
  • White semi-gloss paint left overs
Can't wait to show you Part II!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my the white cabinets looks so bright and fresh. All of this cost you nothing, now that's a great project. Can't wait to see what else is coming! Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday's Best.


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