A few weeks ago, I revealed our new bonus room…and the week before that, our living room. Sandwiched between them is the kitchen. This is what it looked like when we bought our house:We bought our house as a foreclosure, so we expected we might have to purchase our own appliances. We had bought a fridge at a garage sale for $35 just in case. As it turned out, that was the only appliance that worked…but we replaced it anyway along with a new oven/stove (free from some friends who took it out of a house they flipped), a new microwave (purchased off Craigslist from the same friends for $50), and a new dishwasher ($50, Craigslist). So then the kitchen looked like this:Because we were using the original living room of the house as a dining room (see here), we used the space that was once the dining room as a sort of extension of the kitchen:Eventually we had to replace the oven again ($100, Craigslist).And a few months later we decided to move the dining table into this spot:I can’t say I ever really hated my kitchen. But I have never loved it either. I had been trying to figure up some new island configuration to provide more counter-space, but finally realized that an overhaul like that was never going to happen. Instead, I decided to take a trip…and when I came home, the kitchen looked like this:(Well….almost like this: the hubby did all the major work while I was away, and left me the simple fun task of filling the counter-tops)You’ve already had a peak at the dining room side when I showed off my burlap flower centerpiece.The stainless steel appliances are the most obvious upgrade…but the kitchen also got treated to this fabulous backslash:And the counter-top which was once just a wood surface painted white….…now looks like this:The old gold pulls and chrome faucet….









…now look like this (new brushed nickel faucet and spray painted pulls):

I was excited to use these canisters for my flour and sugars. Grammy got them for me several years ago, but until now they were put to use in my sewing space for buttons, threads, and such.I was excited to find this utensil “crock” at the thrift store for $2. It is actually a Christmas cookie jar: but without the lid and with the mistletoe detail facing the wall, I think it coordinates quite nicely with the flour and sugar canisters!So there ya have it…our “new” kitchen. I’ve got to go away and leave the hubby with a project like this more often πŸ™‚-:-

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  1. Terry says:

    I love how you’ve kept trying to make your kitchen a great space…love the stainless steel appiiances as well as the counter top and flooring. The canisters are so pretty, your kitchen is truly a beautiful space – so glad I checked out your blog! Come on over and link up at my party going on now as well as I have a giveaway going on too! Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Natasha In Oz says:

    Wow, what a transformation! It really has evolved into the most beautiful looking space-no wonder you love it so much! Great job!

    My weekly Say G’Day Saturday Linky Party has begun and if you have 5 minutes to spare I would be so honoured if you could link up this amazing post!

    Hope your weekend is fabulous.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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