I often brainstorm – that is I think hard and then get a headache – on how to keep our home as clean as I had kept our old apartment. With any number of young kids, it becomes a challenge to have a bath, let alone to keep a house tidy.
My big plan so far is threefold: training our toddler to pick her stuff (which is – surprisingly – working), persuading hubby to pick his stuff (which is – surprisingly? – not working so well) and adding practical storage. Starting with the main kitchen cabinet (and yes, our kitchen still looks like this – only messier).
We improved said cabinet by adding elevated, removable, half shelves and they made a huge difference in storage, convenience and accessibility!
A lot of friends liked the – extreme – makeover of the kitchen cart that I used as incentive so my mom lets me turn her kitchen from green to a super happy yellow so, here’s the scoop on a super frugal and pretty easy diy that gave new life to a very neglected kitchen cart.
First of all, you (really!) have to see the extremely rundown, bad, broken, awful, before:
Makeover of a vintage, hospital green kitchen that was completely transformed into a sunshine filled, happy, cooking area. Spicy Yellow kitchen – part two! Transforming a room only with color. (You can read the challenges, why we did not gut everything in the first place (plus many more details & photos of the makeover), in Part 1 of the spicy yellow kitchen.)
After the owner of this kitchen (hi mom!) agreed reluctantly (very reluctantly) on the most minimal change (paint), the old green kitchen was about to be get a new life.
While we were in Greece, I repainted my mom’s kitchen in what we now call a “spicy yellow kitchen”. It completely renewed the space and it filled it with light. It is a much happier space now and it no longer looks dark and faded.
The kitchen itself, a 50+ years old vintage compilation of wooden cabinets, mosaic floor, marble sink, countertops and backsplash and…orange, double-pin, pulls. Big chunky, square, vintage orange pulls that mom insisted we keep. She is all about vintage that girl. She also hates throwing away stuff, which made the kitchen look like this (warning: shockingly ugly picture):
Cabinets and appliances. This is the progress we have managed so far, in our kitchen renovation on a budget. Remember we had to gut everything, fix some walls, add support for upper cabinets, move some electrical and ended up with a whole new kitchen. (I include comparison photos to demonstrate the difference.) After visiting a few home improvement stores and leaving disappointed, we finally found the kitchen style, color and quality we wanted, online. And for less than half the price asked by the megastores.
It’s been a long time since I posted the first part of our kitchen renovation. Honestly, the photos were pretty bad and no matter how many I took with my point and shoot camera, things didn’t improve. I finally found the courage to tackle the task and proudly present you our kitchen renovation part 2: The Cabinets. Installing said cabinets, was a massive diplomatic success on my behalf (took quite some effort to persuade hubby to install them).
This was the kitchen when we bought our house. Light and sweet but if you could do a closer inspection, you would see things aren’t as good as they seem. I will take you to a small ride to our kitchen’s before and point out the things we had to change and fix.
We saw most problems so, we had no unpleasant surprises (except with the refrigerator). The budget for the kitchen remodel and renovation was taken into account (optimistically) and had to stay low. This is our kitchen renovation Part I, the “before” – with all the costs I could remember.
Warning: this post contains at least one scary image and several bad ones.