Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Kitchen is such a sad room

I think our kitchen has so much potential but bad plumbing and broken floorboards definitely take it from the $500 paint job and light cosmetic makeover to the million dollar serious plastic surgery *a la Heidi Montag* category.

Here's how it looked before we bought the house

Here's the kitchen after we moved in

However, I do love our curtains that I bought from Anthropologie *psst, the secret is they are DISH TOWELS*

Ideally if I had a $8,000 budget I could work wonders but when you have an already overpriced 883 square foot 2 bed/1 bath how much investment do you make on a kitchen remodel? I know granite and farmhouse sinks are the trend but in our kitchen we don't even have room for a dishwasher. It doesn't help that the entire blogasphere has either totally renovated or is in the process of remodeling their kitchen. Every day all I see are the most amazing, under $1,000 but looks like $10,000 redos. I look at my Family Guy *sorry about the farts* mustard painted/years of bad paint job cabinets and think, all we have to do is take the doors off and throw some white semi gloss on them and it will make a world of difference. But that brings on a whole list of problems. Our dishware is not show-worthy and we use our cabinets to stash our snack supply. I don't think our mismatched Ikea wine glasses and Target melanine plates are pretty enough to loose the doors. I also worry about resale value without the doors *which we would keep in the garage*. I would love to get the plumbing repaired *our plumber Malcolm has a if it ain't broke, don't fix it mentality* and replace our 20+ year relic water heater. Our pipes are 1920's galvanized steel that have rusted almost shut so our hot water in the kitchen sink is a mere trickle. Our cold water is absolutely fine, funny thing is the opposite stands for the bathroom, plenty of on demand boiling hot water and just a drop of cold water in the basin. So I'll say it once and I'll say it again, I need to remodel out kitchen *hopefully next Spring*. In the meanwhile, I'll continue to torture myself with these fabulous kitchens...


The last one is closest to what I would do, the white subway tile back splash, the pendant lamps and the hardwood floors. I would probably do a table like the 2nd one from Ikea

My mood board is close to $2,000 alone. Then add plumbing *estimated* $4,500, new water heater $1,200, subway tile and countertop *not sure which material but leaning towards Corian* $1,500, wood floor refinishing/repair $800-$1,000, accessories and miscellaneous $1,500. $12,000 on a kitchen that I hardly ever cook in and would most likely never use because as soon as we remodel I want to put our house on the market. To remodel or not to remodel, that is the question!!

One a much happier note, Olivia is 3 weeks old today!! She slept so much earlier that when we started the photo shoot, she was a bit fussy.

Here are the top 5...

The last one cracks me up, she was so pouty mouth and each time we propped her up we had a 3 second window to get the shot before she toppled over. Antz likes the third one so that will most likely be the winner.

Happy 3 weeks little ladybug!!

1 comment:

Christine said...

Hi Lizzie – Corian® is a great material to consider for your kitchen makeover. Feel free to peruse our Facebook page at for ideas and inspiration. We also share current offers on our website Good luck with your future remodel! Christine from DuPont