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Before and after kitchen remodel



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Ok, so I'm obviously not going to post a full diy on this full kitchen remodel, but I did want to post a picture to show a before and after to show you that you can do it.  We did!  Granted, I have a father who built his own house so he does know a lot about remodeling, but my hubby and I did not.  We did have a family member come over and help us with installing the new windows and back door and a friend helped us get started on how to drywall (we had NO CLUE how that went), otherwise we knocked this out on our own!



First thing we did was tear down a wall.  We had a bathroom in the kitchen.  Yep, a bathroom in the kitchen.  Fortunately we were able to  move the bathroom to an existing laundry room (that's another remodel), so we could remove this bathroom and make our kitchen bigger.  Yay for a bigger kitchen because this one was tiny.  You can see the bath tucked in the corner of this picture:







We had to remove 2 windows and make one larger one instead.  We also had to remove a chimney so that we could enlarge the kitchen,  We had to put in new insulation, put up new drywall, put up new beams in the ceiling to support the new larger kitchen (plus this gave us an attic we could actually walk in and use!), new floors, new lights, new cabinets.....the list went on and on.  Basically everything in the room is new!

WOW!  I still can't believe we knocked this one out on our own.  We are so proud of ourselves ;)





Where the bathroom was, we installed these closet doors to hide the washer and dryer so that we could bring them up from the basement.  We also added a little breakfast counter so we could enjoy a coffee while watching the birds, squirrels and deer.



It took us about 4-6 months from start to finish and it cost us about $10,000.  But it made a HUGE difference in the look and feel of the house as well as the resale value.

The paint color is Glidden Quiet Rain.  I used a brush to trim along all the edges and a 3/4" nap roller for the walls.  I highly recommend these brushes for doing all your trim work.  Trust me, your fingers and your walls will thank you.  Using a good brush makes trim work SO MUCH EASIER for those who absolutely hate it (Me!!).  Plus, they clean up very well and can be used over and over again with care. The cabinets, windows, doors and flooring (Tarkett flooring) we got from Menards.  The appliances we got from Best Buy (yep, Best Buy had the best deal on appliances.  Who knew?!)

We got these metal counter height stools and used this gray stain for our breakfast counter.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!