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80’s Kitchen Dilemma

15 Jan

The dreaded 80’s Kitchen is always a pain, and at first it seems like there is no hope but to replace all the cabinets. However, that is not the case!!!

I have a friend stuck in a rut with her old 80’s Kitchen… She has redone most the house and it looks gorgeous, but she has not yet tackled the kitchen. They are selling soon so she only wants to update it using the least amount of money.

OPTION ONE: paint the entire cabinet the same colour including the wood handle & add new hardware $



So what did they do you ask?

First, prime the brown handle and then paint the entire cabinets a bright white. Remember to do 2 coats! For this exact look you will need to purchase long stainless steel handles from IKEA or Home Depot, where ever you find a better price. Careful, when installing, make sure you measure correctly so your handle is not too low.


Check out this $60 update to an 80’s styled Galley Kitchen http://circadee.com


OPTION TWO: Take off he wood piece handle & add trim $$

Now for those of you with these 80’s kitchen cabinets but you are planning on staying in your home & don’t want to just paint over the brown wooden handle. You could take a more drastic step by actually taking off the wood piece and adding trim to each cupboard door. You can find step by step instructions over at http://www.frugalfixer.com

Here is a Before & After of her cabinets….

OPTION THREE: Replace each front cabinet door $$$

Over at http://craftyland.blogspot.com they redid the cabinet and a majority of the kitchen and it looks BEAUTIFUL!!



Hope this helps 🙂 the 80’s have got to go!!



Updating a Kitchen on a Budget

14 Jan

There are so many inexpensive ways to update your kitchen!

  • Paint
  • Hardware
  • Counter top
  • Backsplash


I have a friend that has melamine frameless cupboards & a counter tops she hates and is looking to update the space on a budget. I have suggested painting her cabinets white to freshen up the space because she has dark hardwood floors and dark leather furniture. And her kitchen/living space is open concept.

here is the type of cabinet she currently has: These are a little more difficult to just paint because she doesn’t have any trim or framing to work with.

Here are some pictures & ideas I came up with to help…….

In the pictures below they just painted & added new knobs….

Although I am not a fan of the turquoise colour for cabinets, I think even this picture shows just a little bit of paint can really freshen them up!

Here they updated the cabinets with trim & added stainless steal pulls, which i love!

Check out the before picture for the Kitchen below, it’s incredible! http://www.younghouselove.com/photo-gallery-2/our-first-house/


I have even stumbled upon a budget friendly way to create your own butcher block counter tops at http://loraine-breakfastfordinner.blogspot.com And she did it all for $56, pretty amazing!

Her Counters went from this:

To this…

Another little upgrade is to add cabinet feet, to make it a little more professional looking – I wanna do this in my kitchen!

I love the before & After…

Check these Before & Afters out…

Wish I knew the link for the Reno below…. Just found it on pinterest

Here’s another great site that gives you step by step on painting kitchen cabinets.


And last but not least, here are the pictures from my own Kitchen Reno 🙂

Check out our Kitchen Reno here: https://twobertis.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/our-kitchen-reno/

Happy Painting!


Our Kitchen Reno

16 Oct

When I first moved in with Adam, the house was in a true bachelor pad state. Very bare, lots of brown and wood finishings, along with large speakers and tv’s. Your typical mans world.

As I moved in, Adam was leaving to go play hockey in the states for 8 months. So of course in order to keep myself occupied living alone with our doggy, I decided to work on the house in my spare time. Here are the before & after pictures of our Kitchen:

This is my granny’s old dining room set…

There were many steps in this process.

I took off all the kitchen cabinets and added wallpaper bead board (from Benjamin Moore) to the middle of them. I also added wallpaper bead board around the bottom of the counters. Although this seemed like any easy DIY project, I realized quite quickly it was very time consuming. First you need to measure the piece needed to go onto the cupboard, then I wet the wallpaper and placed in the middle (very carefully). Once it was sitting in the right position I took an exacto knife to do the finishing cuts to make it even (this was the most time consuming, as there was the odd mistake in which I had to throw the whole piece out, :)).

  1. Here is a picture of our garage during the process. I had them all lined up like a factory….

2. Then it was time to paint… first I primed and then I used Benjamin Moore Opaline

And then for the finishings – knobs!

(We have since added trim to the bottom)

Final Product….

Next was to move on to my granny’s dining room set which I was going to paint and do an antique finish to use as our kitchen table. I have had so many meals over the year’s at my granny’s dining room table, I just thought it would be so special to re-use her furniture as my own.

I primed and painted the hutch and top of the kitchen table.. I left the bottom of the kitchen table the wood finish that was already there. I thought having both the paint and the wood made it more unique and kept that vintage feel. I’m not a huge fan of the matchy matchy.

I then painted the chairs, and recovered the seats in a new checkered fabric. My mom then took steal wool and rubbed some of the paint off to give them a vintage feel, I think they turned out awesome.

Then for the chairs on the end that were flowers from top to bottom, I bought white Ikea slipcovers which are amazing! And super easy to wash.


Although there is still more to be done: New kitchen light, backplash, new faucet and maybe even one day new granite counter tops… I think we have a pretty good start! Like Adam would say “one step at a time Katie” (He thinks I want too much all at once, lol.. doesn’t every girl?)


Here are some pic’s from after we did the backsplash…

Hopefully this inspires some future Kitchen reno’s for the reader’s!! xo