Monday, November 8, 2010

Kitchen Remodel - Phase 1

In case you have been wondering why I have been MIA for a few days (and even if you haven't), I'm going to tell you.  I have been working on my kitchen.  I'm a do-it-yourselfer with a fixer-upper house.  My last house was a fixer-upper too.  The kitchen was the first thing I tackled in my Texas house.  I was painting cabinets before the first box was unpacked, literally.  It had been fixed up for so long that I had  forgotten what it was like to have a messed up, ugly kitchen.  I miss my fancy convection, double oven, sigh.  (See Farewell to My Kitchen, have a tissue handy.)

I have been in this house for approximately 4 months.  It was high time I did something about my ugly kitchen.
Here are some before photos.  The lower one has more accurate color.  I knew when I looked at this house with the realtor that the kiwi green would have to go.  I couldn't explain exactly why, but I hated that color.

The first thing my husband and I did was to re-hang the cabinets.  They were all at slightly different levels and were in desperate need of trim.  So we hung them just low enough to put crown moulding up.  We also had new windows put in.  This past week I painted and hung curtains.  Want to see?

As I painted the walls I realized what I didn't like about that green.  I didn't like how it made the floor look green, the cabinets look green, and mostly, us look green.  We now look much healthier sitting at the table to eat our dinner.  Nobody looks good when they are tinted green.

As mentioned in the title of this post, this is only phase 1.  Unfortunately I do not have the monetary resources to proceed with phase two yet.  I am hoping, however, that you can help me with phase two a little.  No, I'm not panhandling for donations.  (Although I probably wouldn't turn them down if you offer.)  I'm curious about what range you have and if you like it.  I'm trying to decide what to replace my old clunker range with.  I could go with gas or electric or both.  Do any of you have a dual-fuel range?  I'd love to know if those are any good.  So if you had to buy a new range tomorrow, what would you buy?