The Recycled Kitchen

Last week I showed you a sneak peek of some home improvement projects that FringeMan and I are working on.  So today I thought I’d update you on our kitchen.  Please understand we are not professional home renovators and we are working with no money.  I don’t say that flippantly.  We are really working with very little.  Keep that in mind.

Thankfully recycling is in style.

We also are NOT finished with this project.  This is only an update.

The original kitchen

When we purchased our home, this was the kitchen.  These were the only cabinets and counter space in the room.  It doesn’t look terrible in the photo, but that sink had been leaking for many years and the inside of the cabinets were completely rotted.  It was gross.  You’ll have to trust me on that.

The other side of the kitchen

This photo is of the other side of the kitchen.  The side I will not be featuring in updated pictures just yet.  Again, this photo looks better than the in-person view.  Please note, there was three inches of grease covering every surface in the kitchen.

That pantry is now closed to the kitchen and has become part of the bathroom behind the wall.  We needed a bigger bathroom if we wanted a shower large enough to water our entire body.

On to the updates!

We did remove the window next to the sink/counter from the first ‘original kitchen’ photo.  It’s a shame to lose a window, but the glass was compromised and I had a vision of what I wanted.  I would not allow a window to stand between me and my dream.  Besides, I have another window in the kitchen.  If nothing else, we do not lack windows.

Are you ready?

Are you really ready?

New and Improved

Several months ago, FringeMan saw an add on Craigslist for FREE cabinets.  He jumped on them.  Excitement budded in my heart and grew as I heard the car pull into the driveway.  I ran outside and that is when my excitement died.

I’ll try not to exagerate…really, but these were the worst cabinets I’d ever seen.  At that moment, I thought we should have kept the rotted, moldy original cabinets.  Words like disgusting, horrendous, dilapidated, and puke come to mind and unfortunately for FringeMan, they also came to my mouth.  Now I’m accustomed to renovating on a budget and I have imagination, but I was sure these cabinets could not work.

Sadly, FringeMan and I fought about the cabinets for months.  Yes we did.

The more hatred I would spew for the 1970’s dark brown ugliness, the more determined FringeMan would become to make these cabinets work.

And it took work.  Believe me!

FringeMan had to build in an extra three cabinets to fit the space and we made all new doors.  The door pulls we bought at a liquidation warehouse for 49 cents a piece.  They were a score!

Originally I was going to paint everything white, but after painting my living room tables, I couldn’t resist bringing color to the cabinets.  I’m so happy with end result!  I really LOVE this color combination.

We also made the butcherblock countertop.  That wasn’t as difficult as I first imagined.  FringeMan took some good advice from a professional countertop contractor and we were in business.

After some research, I learned that you oil butcherblock countertops and you do not polyurethane them.  They sell bottles of butcherblock oil (mineral oil) at the paint store in town for under $5.  Maintenance is about once a month.  I can spill (and I have) an entire glass of water on the countertop and it will just pool on the surface.  It’s basically waterproof now.

I like that we were able to put the microwave under the counter.  It was a last-minute decision that worked really well.  FringeMan installed another outlet behind it, so we are cooking with power.

I wish I didn’t have the toaster oven on the counter, but it fits 4 frozen waffles in there at once and the kids can use it, so it must stay.  I make any adjustments necessary for easy mornings.

Like I said, we are far from finished, but it’s come a long way.  I am happy with the journey.

FringeMan did good, even if he chose ugly cabinets. 😉

This post is linked to:

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Between Naps On The Porch – Metamorphosis Monday

Fingerprints on the Fridge, Show & Tell Friday – My Romantic Home

It’s a HodgePodge Friday, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Shabby Nest – Frugal Fridays, Thrifty Decor Chic – Before & After Party

Finding Fabulous, Beneath my Heart

Simply Sweet Home – Friday Favorites

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80 thoughts on “The Recycled Kitchen

  1. Jake Andrews

    You could have spent ten times more and not got any thing like the lovely family kitchen you have now. Made with love shows through every time.

  2. Katie@Little Things Bring Smiles

    great job with it, i am truly impressed. the color of the cabinets and the counter tops are stunning! i also love the open shelving–how fun is that?!!

    thank you for commenting on my hairstyles post because now it has led me to your blog! going to poke around a bit longer, thanks for some good morning reads and amazing inspiration–like this kitchen, eek, so pretty!!

  3. Sara Sophia

    Did you use maple wood for the counters? Do you LOOOOVE them?
    We are remodeling (as you know) and been arguing over to marble or not to marble.
    I’ve always been in love with the look of butcher block and would adore it in my kitchen.
    I’m desperate and I’d love to find out if this is something we could afford to pursue. Your kitchen is lovely and I agree with Lisa-Jo –I WANT TO EAT IT:P

    Fabulous job!

  4. Laura

    how did I miss this post?! The picture of your kitchen (done in my fav colour) caught my eye. I love it! You have amazing counter space and the low microwave is a truly inspired idea. Also, I am a big fan of having appliances out on the counter top…I, sadly, am too lazy to get stuff out and use it and then put it away again…ugh, why not just leave it out. So, I support your 4 slice toaster, let it shine in its convenient glory.

  5. Sara

    I’ve been away for a while but just wanted you to know how much I love your new blog design and your new kitchen:)

    I have a bathroom that needs a serious makeover….could I convince the two of you to travel to Dayton:)

  6. Stephanie Lynn

    This is an amazing transformation! Every detail is simply fabulous! Love the color! Great job! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again next Sunday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  7. Kate

    WOW!! Awesome makeover!! Can’t believe it’s the same room…

    Thanks for linking up to my Flaunt it Friday party, hope to see you next time! 🙂


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