I don’t think I’ve mentioned how much I love having access to such a great home improvement store only a few minutes away. Since I’m averaging one trip to Home Depot per day, it’s a pretty good thing it’s so close. :) I was just there yesterday talking with the associate in the appliance department about some of their newer options … have you heard of the new slate color for appliances? I might be in love with it. Here’s a great video that will show you why Home Depot is my go-to place for our Key West conch home renovation. Update: The video should be working now, sorry for the confusion.
We’re going to be gearing up to make some major changes in the kitchen of our new house, what they will be I can’t even get my mind around yet, but I’m back in Maryland now trying to wrap up some things with our rental houses. Seems like a good time to me to take a look back at our first do it yourself kitchen we tackled in the house we call “The Tank”.
Back in December, when I was on my little DIY trip to get some work done on rental properties we have in MD, it was freezing! Well, it actually wasn’t freezing outside but it was down right frigid in the house. (You can see more of my lovely cold weather DIY outfit here.) That’s where I’ll start to explain that I really did think I had taken some better pictures. I guess the foggy mess I saw on the camera wasn’t just my breath … but a not-totally-focused or properly exposed picture as well. Sorry about that! But that doesn’t put a damper on my excitement of the transformation I was able to make in this worn little kitchen in about a week. We started with the counter transformation, then we updated the cabinets … and left most of the cabinet doors off, and then updated the hardware on the cabinets we kept AND then we backed the newly open cabinets to give it a wood slat look on a $32 budget. Let’s remember what the cabinets looked like before …
Hey y’all! I found a pretty easy way to get my new cabinet hardware attached, lined up, centered, level and lookin’ good so I thought I’d share it with you. And really, doesn’t all of that just depend on how accurate a measurer (not a word?) you are? But, I had just resurfaced my cabinets with the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation kit so I really didn’t want to go and screw them up. So, when it came time to attach the hardware here’s what I did.
Thou cabinetree most fair and lovely. But, let me tell you, the cabinetry was not always that way. Yowza! Thanks to one of our tenants we found ourselves with light pink cabinets in the kitchen at one of our rental properties. No really, thank you previous tenants.
Note: The girls and I have arrived safely in Key West and I’ve already started the house hunt! If you want to see some of my first impressions and pics out and about check us out on Facebook, Twitter and our brand spankin’ new Instagram account. As Annie would say … “I think I’m gonna like it here”. :) So, they say the rooms that make the biggest impression on a person are kitchens and bathrooms. Do you agree? I think I do. I mean, there are so many ways to make a statement in a kitchen or a bath. Appliances, a fancy motion activated toilet, a rain shower. You know, the big ticket items. But what do you do when you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck and aren’t really in the market for over the top amenities? Heck, what if you’re starting with this?
Ok, well clearly I’ve gotten into the bad habit of posting this little recap about 10 days into the month. Sorry ’bout that! So let’s get right to it and take a look back and see what we did in June, shall we?!?! Maybe the reason this is so late is that I haven’t gotten out of this baby since we made her? I wish I could blame it on the new pallet bed we made in 3 easy steps.
Or, what I like to call my Free Pantry Upgrade. ;) I can’t even say that with a straight face. We have established that we live in a breadbox, so I’ve been getting creative with some storage. I’ve had our pantry type items in the hutch since we moved here. But once the hutch became the tv stand, that’s been kind of weird.