Kitchen face lift – on the cheap!

Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the most expensive upgrades. Our home in Niskayuna is in desperate need of many updates ~ which is why I paid around 80k less than what the other homes in the neighborhood are going for. Not many people nowadays want a project; they want something more updated that’s move-in ready. Something as small (I consider it small, anyway) as ugly-ass kitchen cabinets can deter a sale.

Even if Theresa and I weren’t crafty people, we wouldn’t be able to afford a home already just the way we want it. Thankfully neither of us are afraid of hard work and using our imagination.

We’re embarking on a kitchen journey ~ a temporary kitchen journey ~ which began on New Years Eve. On NYE, I was like “Hey, let’s take off the doors to the top kitchen cabinets!” and, to my surprise, Theresa was like “Sure; it’ll only take a few minutes!” So, we did. Then the broken lazy-susan was exposed, which Theresa has since created new circular shelves for.

Now we’re getting a bit crazy with our face lift – we’re are painting the cabinets blue and we will be lining the insides with patterned vinyl. (Pictures of that progress to be shared later.)

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The blue on the inside of the lazy-susan cabinet against the out-dated faux-oak (“foak”)

We are going to keep the top cabinets open and exposed; the bottom cabinets will be remain to deter pet hair and dust/dirt from settling on the items inside. The lazy-susan is being sprayed an oiled bronze so that it will match the knobs of the cabinets, which I will also be spraying. These small upgrades cost us less than $100 to do and, while temporary, will make us hate our kitchen less until we can afford what we truly want to do – which will take time and professional assistance with design and labor.

I love having someone who is into trying crazy household projects with me. Someone who’s open to exploring DIY options that don’t cost thousands of dollars. I love trying to use what we have by giving it a fresh look. Less money out of our pockets and less trash polluting the earth.

 

 

——->A link to my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WeirdGlassArtStudio

 

 

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