My very old kitchen cabinets

These are my very old kitchen cabinets in my new-ish home.  I don’t even know what to say about them.  They are orange. I’m so very happy to be in a bigger home where we have more room to live.  We did so much work to our old house that once we moved in, I just wanted to relax and not think about any renovations.  However, now that we’ve been here for a while, I’m starting to feel that updates are seriously needed!  PS, my Dad made the kitchen cabinet/island in the middle of kitchen.   I love it.  It holds all of my plastic containers. dsc_0203

New House, Ideas, Plans, Everything Costs Money

There are so many things I’d like to do with our new house.  I’d like to add a patio or deck out the back door.   We did have a very tall pine tree removed so that we could start planning…. deck, patio, deck, patio.    I’m still not sure what we’re going to.   Maybe a deck out to a patio, with a fireplace?  I would love that especially since our new house didn’t come with a fireplace.

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Updating my kitchen

My original kitchen was old, I mean 1950s old.  It had dark veneer cabinets and a laminate counter top along with linoleum floor. The cabinets weren’t too bad, but everything stuck to that floor.  I mopped it almost everyday, and then something inside of me snapped, I couldn’t take it anymore and I took my box cutter and started cutting at it.  I figured whatever was underneath couldn’t be worse than that linoleum floor.  Underneath was a different kind of linoleum, that didn’t bother me as much.   I’ll try to find a photo to post.

 

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      We ended up buying the cabinets off of the shelf at our local Home Depot.  I knew that I wasn’t able to afford custom cabinets or expand my kitchen, so the next best option was to buy them right from the store.   And we bought and installed them a little bit at a time.
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We actually bought laminate counter tops and had them for a few years before we upgraded to granite.  I knew that I couldn’t expand the space so I just measured and bought the exact size cabinets from what was previously there.  A world of difference.   Later we moved the table to the dining room, and replaced the table with a kitchen island, which was actually the bottom half of an old hutch I had.  It held tons of storage, mostly my plastic Tupperware.

And then this is a photo of the other side of the kitchen.  I special-ordered cabinet doors with beveled glass, which was a great idea.  Those cabinets held my dishes and glassware and it matched the IKEA cabinet we bought to fill the space in the corner for additional storage.  Try to look past the cuties propped on the island wanting to do Easy Bake with mom.  I loved staying home with them.  Hardest job in the world, but worth it if you can swing it.

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Painting the Garage

Painting the Garage

I was inspired by another blogger Diane Henkler, who wrote about sprucing up her garage entry.  I had been meaning to do the same thing, but just finally found some free time and help!  So glad that we did this.

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New House

We moved about a mile down the road, but gained so much, another bedroom, a family room, a full bathroom and an attached garage.

Renovations

We had a ton of renovations and updating to do, without any money.  We were broke.    I think the first thing we did was to paint the kids’ rooms.  Alexandra got a pink bedroom and Kyle, baby blue.   The second thing, I believe was the kitchen.  I took up the linoleum floor, actually took a blade to it and started cutting at it.  There was another linoleum underneath, but better than the first yellow, gold colored one.  I believe it was a no-wax floor, but everything seemed to stick to it.  With two young kids in the house, I was moping it every night to keep it clean.  It had to go.

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When we bought our house it was just about 100 years old and we were the third owner.   We wanted a house with character, and boy did we get it.  Copper wiring, old single pane windows, some that were painted shut, linoleum floors and oil based paint over what probably was many coats of lead paint on every door, and piece of molding.     However, as much as I complained endlessly about this tiny house, I had the best memories of my life raising our young family there.