Okay so our kitchen was pretty ugly when we moved in here, it was old, dated and pretty gross inside the cabinet drawers. Back in February I told you about an unexpected leak  that thankfully was able to get fixed without tearing into the cabinets or walls, just the ceiling took a BIG hit. We thought we were out of the woods until about 4 weeks ago when we had our kitchen tile replaced, upon moving our stove, the contractor found our main water pipe leaking into our wall, which had most of the cabinets on it and the stove. Needless  to say, all of the bottom base cabines had swelled up and bubbled up due to the water damage, I finally figured out the weird musty smell they had; We had to remove a few to fix the leak and redo the Sheetrock, a little inconvenient as we were originally planning to redo the kitchen in a few years, I mean we knew it was old and dingy however, it was still functional, so we were merely going to paint the cabinets and think up an inexpensive DIY way to cover up the ugly broken and burned yellow(ish) Formica countertops! We were pretty nervous because we were now staring at a complete kitchen remodel without our original funds for the kitchen of our dreams and without any clue as to what we wanted…

You guys I had to get super creative with our budget and carefully choose what we were going to splurge on and what we were going to save on, we’re quite not done yet as we still have to get a kitchen island in there and some décor pieces but at least it’s done and I’m able to cook for my guys again! Cooking vacation over for this mom.

We hired the help of an experienced family friend to hang the cabinets and install the backsplash. Then we hired a crew to even out the texture of our walls and ceiling, install new light fixtures and paint the entire kitchen. I stained the cabinets to save a few hundred dollars and because I wanted to make sure I got the color I envisioned, I LOVE my kitchen now, even though it’s not quite what I had originally planned…for the time frame and budget we had to magically make happen I think it turned out AWESOME. I do plan on adding the quartz countertops in a couple of years and soon a kitchen island and maybe add a breakfast table and more decorations of course.

Here are some before, during and after photos of our kitchen thus far. Let me know what you guys think…

The before picture doesn’t really show how awful it was, it actually looked okay in pictures…but trust me when I tell you, it was hideous and gross.