Holly had been a part of my 30-Day June Room Challenge and signed up again to tackle her kitchen this time around for the 30-Day August Upgrade Room Challenge. Holly was starting from a beautiful kitchen, but needed some organization and touching up.
Here’s the before:
In Holly’s Own Words
“I chose to transform my kitchen. I did a remodel of my kitchen 12 years ago, and I love it… but 12 years turns out to be a long time! I found myself thinking I had all the storage in the world. However, even a great kitchen needs attention. I had run out of space. With a critical eye, I noticed that the white cabinets had many areas of wear and even chipping, especially near the dishwasher where the steam exits when I open to unload. I worried that this exposed wood may begin to cause greater problems.
To transform my kitchen, I had to let go. I have too much stuff, and much of it has sentimental meaning. But, my now teenaged boys probably no longer need quite so many plastic space ship cups, and I don’t need 10 cookie cutters for each holiday (etc)! I donated much of the usable equipment that I don’t use, and threw away things that were not really meant for a second home. I moved many of my small appliances to the pantry, where they will be easier to access. I cleared all the “temporary” things that had turned permanent from under the microwave, allowing me to once again enjoy the mosaic work I love there. I cleaned out and reorganized the drawers.”
10 million tops 🙂
“The biggest challenges: first, repairing the cabinets. I had to use a brush the size of a nail polish brush to carefully repair the tiny chips and cracks. After several coats, I used another tiny brush to apply a finishing varnish. The paint was an exact match from the manufacturer, but the old paint was aged, so hiding the changed color was a challenge. I can only see one section where it didn’t work very well and the new paint is visible. 🙂 Second, getting my family used to the new locations. I cleared out the drawers at least 3 times each, as items re-accumulated in their old homes. Finally, I gave a “tour” to the family and things seemed to have stopped migrating daily.
The easy part is using my kitchen now. Yay! The items have a home, I can finally find my steamers and all their parts right away, and I feel peaceful in the space again. I enjoyed giving away my nice things to homes that can appreciate them, as well.”
“The total cost of the makeover was under my $200 budget. I used the money to replace my old food storage containers with new ones that should be easier to keep organized. The cabinet manufacturer gave me free paint and varnish, which was great!”~Holly
Holly’s kitchen is amazing! I could see myself having dinner parties over in a beautiful kitchen like that 🙂 Great job, Holly!!!!
See the Rest of the 30-Day August Upgrade Room Makeovers HERE!
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