Have you seen those pictures of the US Presidents?
The comparative photos where they show how they looked on the first day they took office and how they aged by the time their term was up.
All I can say is it's a good thing I didn't think to do a before and after picture of myself. I looked a little like I had carried the weight of the free world on my shoulders by the time the kitchen makeover was done. It was a job worthy of a Head of State for sure.
I may have aged, but I think we took several decades off the age of the kitchen and brought it from circa 1985 up to maybe 2002 or even 2003? Almost up to date.
I did do one very unpresidential thing on this project. I balanced the budget! By the time we got to the kitchen, the remodel appropriations had dried up. Our kids threw a Tea-Party-Worthy fit when we tried to raise the occupancy tax on them;)
(Now they are out on their own and paying real taxes! Ha, ha, ha)
So I had to get creative and could only make simple cosmetic changes. My old friend paint saved the day.
I wanted the kitchen to be as Country French as I could make it considering I was working with old yellow oak cabinets. I envisioned a gray on white look with the grain showing through.
I got pretty close.
This really isn't a cabinet painting tutorial, I didn't get any photos of the process. Hey! I wasn't a blogger then and besides I was busy. I had a whole Country to run, well, maybe just a soon to be French Country Kitchen to run.
Besides there is a fantabulous kitchen makeover and an even more fantabuloristic cabinet painting tutorial over at The Money Pit blog right here.
(Sorry about those made up adjectives but there are really no words for how great this tutorial is)
When you find a tutorial that good all you can do is piggyback. The only step I added was to do a dark gray glaze after the final paint coat was dry.
That final step added more gray to my hair than to the entire kitchen. If you are really interested email me and I'll tell you how I did it.
(Then I will talk you out of it, you are far to young to go gray.)
The cabinets were originally knobless.
Why did we do that in the 80's? Did we think we could get rid of sticky, gooey knobs?
Instead we got sticky, gooey door corners.
Which is worse?
I opted for sticky gooey knobs and we added new hardware.
A yard and a half of fabric was all it took for the simple window treatments and the old box light was replaced with can lights and pendants over the bar.
Just a little over $500 for the makeover,
all accomplished without deficit spending!
I'd still love to change the countertops, add a backsplash and replace the old tile. But I've got to figure out a way to enact a Blog Follower Tax to fund the project.
So how about it?
Reelect Lynn for the kitchen Commander-in-Chief!
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