Whew. This post was a long time coming.

After months of here and there projects, the kitchen is at a place where I feel pretty good about it. It’s not my “dream”, but I’m also working on being content with what I have, so I can say there are definitely things I love about my kitchen. 🙂

I was recently talking to someone about how we were fixing up our home because we bought it straight out of the 70’s. They commented how that sounded like a lot of work. I agreed, saying it’s a ton of work to take it from the 1970’s to 2016.

Then I realized I made a big mistake. I’m not taking it to the modern day present, I’m actually making it look older. My inspiration is French country, cottage, Provence, etc.. Not modern, architectural, etc.

So yes, it’s a lot of work to make a house look older 😉

This kitchen was surely nothing to sing about. I think the realtor struck gold with us. Most people would be turned off by all the work that would have to get done. As she was showing us everything she was probably thinking, “How can those two 20 something year olds have the desire or resources to fix this place up?”

The answer to that is patience, determination, and blessings from God.

Also, I have no idea if she was thinking that. She was actually a very nice lady.

Anyways, here is what the house looked like right when we moved in:

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Here’s how it looks now:

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Here’s a vintage scale I got from my mother:

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News flash! Cutting boards just aren’t for cutting anymore! 😉 And boy do I love marble. diy kitchen makeover on a budget diy kitchen makeover on a budget

I had to include this picture of my dining room because the light was just gorgeous! Have you seen the dining room transformation?

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It’s almost unrecognizable. We painted the cupboards, painted the countertops, and switched out the floor. The rest of things are little touches here and there that make a big difference.

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3 Comments

  1. Natalie

    August 25, 2016 at 12:44 am

    You turned this kitchen into a work of art!!

    1. carolynarentson@gmail.com

      August 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks! Just one step at a time.

  2. Renee

    August 29, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    WOW! I looked at the before, then scrolled down to the ‘after’. The first thing that caught my eye? Those white cabinets, they just pop! How beautiful. My favorite feature is the beverage station, how cozy.

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