Before and After picture of kitchen
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Transforming My 1954 Kitchen to 2017…MYSELF!

Before and After picture of kitchen We bought our house from the original owners about 10 years ago. I couldn’t have been happier or more excited on that beautiful spring day in April. To own our first home in a neighborhood I had only fantasized living in was truly a dream come true.  You see, I grew up in a two bedroom apartment and shared a bedroom with my sister. To now own a house felt like I had won the lottery so needless to say, I cried tears of joy at the settlement table the day we closed on the house. I felt very grateful.

For years I painted and updated almost every room of the house except the kitchen.  It was ironic because I’m a lover of all things kitchen…cooking, baking, Kitchen-Aid Mixer-stand, Cuisinart food processor, All-Clad pots and pans, Wusthof Knives, Williams Sonoma EVERYTHING! (I worked at Williams Sonoma for years and had acquired every gadget and appliance you can imagine.) I love it all and only wanted the best money could buy for my kitchen tools, appliances, etc. I couldn’t afford the kitchen I wanted so I lived with the dirty yellow single sheet of linoleum, yellow backsplash (made out of an unknown material), yellow formica countertops with burnt marks, fluorescent overhead lights (which did not flatter anyone, trust me), and dark wooden cabinets. It would’ve been more depressing except the kitchen was flooded with natural light from the many windows.  Thank God for the natural light because if my kitchen had been dark it would’ve been way more depressing (or maybe I wouldn’t have cared because I couldn’t see how ugly it was)…sorry, I’m getting off track. Anyway, one day a friend suggested I replace the floor with some stick on tiles he had used to get his house ready to sale. “You should put those stick on tiles from Home Depot on your floor”. From that moment on I thought, “maybe I’ll put a bandaid on it until I can afford to take down a wall, put in an island, new counters, new cabinets, etc”…that’s when it all started…”OPERATION BANDAID”.

It was a labor of love and I’m proud of the way it turned out. So proud, in fact, that my kitchen remodel is what prompted me to start this blog.  When I posted pictures of the transformation on my Facebook page my friends would ask questions about how I did the counters, or where to buy the smart tiles, etc.  I wrote this post so that people can see how easy it is to transform a space into something beautiful.  Something they are proud of…something they love! My next few posts will show you how to do it and love the results…

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