09 July 2015

A Before and After Story: The Kitchen

Last week, we were visiting my mother for the 4th of July weekend. I posted a spontaneous organize session on her makeshift pantry. Which was also part of the IHeart Organizing's  "Wait-No-More" organizing challenge here. That got me thinking about how far our own kitchen has come. We've only lived in the apartment for a little over a year now, but I still look at our kitchen in disbelief. Its not a drastic change, but a change nonetheless! So, I got inspired to dig through my pictures of the apartment before we moved in. I wanted to show you that you don't have to spend a lot of money, but it will take some time and effort to turn a space into something that you would enjoy being in everyday! 

When we first moved in, it was dark, cold and I didn't even want to be in there for longer than I needed to be. Needless to say, there were many a night with leftovers popped in the microwave for dinner. The space was just so depressing to be in. The lighting, the dark cabinets. Here is a picture of it before we moved in. The cabinets really closed in the space. Not to mention that dark color on them weren't making them look any better. 

So, we decided to try open shelves. Not too in love with the look in our kitchen. Also it took a lot of time and effort to make everything "just so" because anyone who would be in our kitchen would see everything that was behind the cabinet doors, all the time now. 

Fast forward about a month or two and we were already looking at color swatches to paint the cabinet, hardware and doors. So, that's what we did. Took about a week or two due to drying time, number of coats, number of drawers and doors,etc. I think it was well worth it. It seemed to instantly brighten up the space and we could start to bring in some colorful accessories to accent or match the color. 

Looking at it now, the way it is, we are pretty satisfied with it. However, we would like to change the harsh lighting in there eventually.....hmmm. Maybe sometime soon.


Are you currently undergoing a mini renovation or just painting cabinets, drawers and doors? 
Did it take a long time? How much of an impact did it make?

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