Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kitchen Makeover

Yeah, it's Spring Break, and while many are traveling and having fun, I'm making several rooms over.  I'm having fun too, but that will be another post.  I started with the kitchen because the kitchen is a huge thorn in my side.  HUGE!!  First I took a photo of every cupboard and drawer and then made a plan.  After visiting the new Walmart and the Dollar Tree, I was ready!  I started yesterday at 10:00 a.m. and finished (with a few interruptions) around 6 p.m.  Here's what I did:

The "Tupperware" cabinet...

...has become the "Tupperware" drawer!!!


Silverware all nice & neat!  Steak knives easily located!

And the veggie peeler is where?????

Aaaaah, I can see stuff!!

And the last drawer that had miscellaneous giant bbq tools, kitchen towels, and stuff.

Hair ties come in handy with those out of control tongs!

The drawers being done, now what did I do with the drawer of miscellaneous Ziplocs and other nonsense?

Thank you Pinterest!  Magazine boxes to the rescue!

On to the cabinets!!  The "alcohol" cabinet was a clusterf*ck of epic proportions!!  As was the baking cupboard...and the bowl cupboard.  Ha ha ha!!  They were all bad.  Here we go:

Here is the "after" alcohol cabinet:

The bottles can all stand up!!

Here are the before baking/oven cabinets:

Lower baking cupboard!

Upper baking cupboard...yeah, avalanche time!

Here are the after:
I guess I have no excuse to cook now.

It all fits!!

I forgot to take a photo of the alcohol cabinet before, but there was a collection of random stuff, including a 2 year old phone book.  Who uses those anymore???!!!  Now, the cabinet has bowls and party stuff that I forgot I even had!

Mixing bowls & party stuff!

The coffee cup cupboard was pretty ridiculous as well.  Not a lot of room in this little house.  I looked for a kitchen island, but all the ones I found were either super expensive or shoddy construction.  Husband and I discussed moving the kitchen table to the dining area and getting a little island.  I had a vision and here is what I started with:

This piece has been sitting out on my front porch for 3 years gathering dust and black widow egg sacks.  I cleaned those, got a piece of plywood, some spray paint (of course) and this is what it became:

The coffee cup cupboard was a fright:

No way to make a quiet cup of coffee...

Here is what I came up with:
The piece I tried to sell, but didn't really want to.

This piece, with a little thought, became this:  

My own coffee & tea center!

The kitchen has so much room now!!  I love it!!!!

Now, the pots & pans and under the sink were the last things to get organized:

From this...
...to this!
You can't really see it, but there is a large plastic tub to hold all of the lids for the pots.  I might be able to cook quietly!

And no photo of the under sink cabinet before.  Too gross!  I can't even begin to tell you, but this is the after:
All organized & a place to dry to dish mat!

Now I have to do this with the laundry room cupboards!  That might be a job for tomorrow!

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