We bought our current house in 2009. It's a pretty nice house for having been constructed in 1979. When we bought the house it still looked like 1979 though and needed some remodeling to say the least. We have remodeled the entire house including cutting a hole in a wall to open up the dining/kitchen area, carpeting, texturing walls, painting, etc. One of the most dramatic changes, however, has been in the kitchen. We have been working on a very tight budget. We did need to buy appliances and change the flooring when we bought the house, but we even saved in those areas.
We have completed a kitchen remodel in a previous home but that did not compare to the overhaul we worked in this kitchen. We learned how to change a counter top, tile a back splash and upgrade existing cabinets all on our own. I have been able to work on my carpentry skills and Julie has perfected her painting.
Here is a list of what work we did to make our kitchen transformation.
- Put in new hardwood floor - with the help of Julie's father - Joe
- Cut hole in wall between kitchen and dining room with Joe's help
- Installed floor cabinets, counter and tiled the counter top in the hole to create an island
- Removed small coat closet to open up the kitchen more - with Joe's help
- Converted kitchen laundry closet into a pantry by renovating the old family room into a 4th bedroom/laundry room - with Joe's help
- Installed new dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave
- Installed new counter, sink and faucet
- Removed old back splash and replaced it with ceramic tile
- Installed new ceiling fan and cut hole/installed a fixture near the door to provide more light
- Positioned paintable wallpaper over the paneling and painted it green
- Installed new window
- Converted old cabinet over microwave into small open nook for baskets
- Primed and painted all cabinets, hinges and handles
We are still not finished. We are currently working on a plan to upgrade the ceiling. This has been a very rewarding project and I so enjoy working with Julie.
What are your thoughts about our remodel? - Tim
"The worker deserves his wages.” - 1 Timothy 5:18b NIV