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  • Country Kitchen Remodel

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by in Maggie's Country Home

    2 1/2 years into owning this home and the kitchen is 100% done! It’s about time! Moving into this home we thought we were just going to keep the old cabinets and just paint them. Well! We then found out that there was no getting rid of that old smell inside of them. Even 3 coats of polly didn’t take care of it. So down they came!! And out came the floor!! And the counters and half of a wall taken out as well. Ha Ha. They say if you’re going to put money into a room be sure to spend the most on the kitchen and bathrooms. Well, that being said, this is not one of those “get it done under 500.00!” remodels. We did a little splurging. I really don’t have numbers added up but we splurged on some things and saved on others and the kitchen turned out to be just what I hoped and more!! Here is a before and after shot of the kitchen.

    There you have it! Look at those nasty green linoleum floors! And don’t even get me started on the minty green counter tops and old appliances. Yuck! This was NOT an easy fix.

    Here we are after we pulled everything out! That includes cabinets, plaster, insulation, plumbing and electrical.

    After finishing the electrical and insulating we hung the plywood. The plywood made it easier to hang the cabinets and we knew once they were up they weren’t coming down!

    Now came the time to hang the cabinets! It was a long process….a week or more actually. When you work full time these projects take extra long! But I was patient.:)

    We then added the doors and hardware which I never want to do again in my life and then we hung the paneling back up. Yep! We reused the old paneling. We just painted it a nice creamy yellow and it was as good as new!

    Now for the good pictures!

    We stuck to all white appliances. Keeps everything looking bright and clean!

    Our yellow light we found in the basement after moving in. It was green and I love yellow so I decided to give it a paint job and put it to good use above our island!

    For the shelf below we used an old piece of wood I believe we found in the back yard. Adds a nice touch and a bit of charm to what would just be an empty wall without it.

    As far as the counter tops that will have to be a whole separate post! They look pricey but we saved big time by making them ourselves!

    And that is our completely remodeled kitchen that I can’t believe we did on our own!!

    Some more things we added were the under cabinet lights, recessed lights in the ceiling, lights in the two corner cabinets…

    We added a breakfast bar to the other side of the kitchen that I will post pictures and blog about soon! And check back to find out how we built our counter tops for dirt cheap.

    -Simply Maggie

27 Responses so far.

  1. Ellie says:

    beautiful and a lot of hard labor and sweat and blood & lots of memories…

  2. Erin says:

    Your butcher block countertops are GORGEOUS! I would love to know how you made them!

    • Maggie says:

      Thank you so much! I was just telling my husband I need to get going on that counter top blog post! It will be up by the end of the week:) I’ll explain in detail how we made them and how much we spent. Check back!

  3. I absolutely LOVE your kitchen!!! The layout – cabinets, dishwasher, stove, sink, etc. – is almost identical to mine and I totally love the countertops! We have ’80′s yellow fomica, which I really don’t mind, but I wind up with a puddle next to the sink every time I turn on the water it seems. I’m so ready for a re-do. However, the carpet had to go so the floors must come first. :) I can’t wait to see your post about your countertops!
    take care, Susan

  4. Kathy H says:

    You give me hope! My kitchen is almost identical to your old one, cupboards are the same, even the hardware. Your end is alot what I want too, light cabinets, dark counter. I love love love your little table/island too! Did you put the counter top material on it too? What did you do for flooring? We are thinking of hardwood but it is pretty pricey. So much work but your end result is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    • Maggie says:

      Hello there! Thanks for the compliments! The island we used what was already on there for wood but we used the same stain. It came out a bit darker because the wood soaked it right up but still looks very similar. Good luck with you’re kitchen! They tend to be the most expensive to renovate other then a bathroom but it’s totally worth it.:)

    • Maggie says:

      Oh and for flooring we went the cheap route and compromised. We did greyish/white ceramic tiles. They were on sale and anything was better then the green linoleum:) We plan on doing brick flooring down the road.

  5. Jessica says:

    I love your kitchen! Your website as well. Found you on Pinterest and will be checking back for new posts. I will be trying to arm knit a scarf so I can have it down come winter!

  6. Heather says:

    I love your kitchen and love that the counter was cheap. I have been looking at simalr white kitchen. Can I ask the reason for not a main backsplash? I was looking at this idea but with a blue glass backsplash, what are your thoughts on that? I also like that you have the white appliances, I was worried with white cabinets white appliances would be too much.

  7. Brad says:

    Well done! We’re just finishing up our reno with concrete countertops. You’ve got me thinking about redoing one of our older concrete sections (4 ft long) with a butcher block section.

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Emily says:

    Love your kitchen! Would love to read how you did your countertops!

  10. Nikki says:

    Your house is beautiful!
    What do you and your hubby do for a living?

  11. Jess says:

    Do you happen to know the paint colors you used? We are doing a yellow and white (off white)kitchen. I came across your pics of your kitchen and would love to get the beautiful results you got.

  12. Kathleen says:

    I just ran across your blog but cannot find your post on how you made your counter tops. Would you mind giving me the post date?

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  14. Finch says:

    Your house is adorable!!! Well done. Love it!! <3

  15. Michelle says:

    Great reno!! Just wondering where you got the cabinets from? They look great!

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