First up I thought I would do the kitchen. Our new home in Lacombe was still as groovy as 1967 was. After much deliberation we decide to change it. Who am I kidding there was no deliberation. One thing I have learned through this reno is paint helps seal in whatever that was!!! So after we purchased the house I hit my Pinterest boards for inspiration. I knew we couldn't afford a full kitchen reno with having the entire house to do so I needed a quick fix but one that was functional and beautiful. The nice thing about collecting design pics you love for the past oh 7 yrs you can get feel for what you like over and over. And one thing was open shelving. It has become pretty popular but I always wonder if it was hard. To live with out doors to hide your junk or if there was going to be enough space for all my dishes. I also love wood plank walls. Shiplap or just plain wood. There was an ugly tile that I didn't want to take down or have to repair walls. So let's cover it with wood planks. We demolished the kitchen right away. Taking down the upper cabinets wasn't as fun as Demo Days on tv. You see I wanted to keep the uppers for storage in the garage. So no sledge hammer was used. Insert sad face.
Remember the house was built in 1967 so take yourself back and remember nails and flat head screws.. .this house was made of them. The cabinets were a struggle. I took a crow bar the forehead but managed to get them down in a few hours. And they are now hanging in the garage but more on that later. My Dad wouldnt let me put the wood plank over the tile. He was worried the nail gun would be an issue. Something about the nails not being able to penetrate the ceramic. So although I wanted to try he scared me into taking it all off. I didn't want to lose an eye. One good thing was no matter how it came off it didn't matter. Wood was going up over it.
Now for the plank wall I just used plywood underlayment. It was thin and had a nice grain. I had the people at home depot cut 4' x 8' sheets into 6inch planks. It was perfect. Then I just used a nail gun and it was easy peasy.. I sealed it with a semi gloss white paint from Behr and it's perfect. I only did one coat cause I wanted to leave some grain coming through and water repels off it enough. I also pulled out and reset the plugs so they are flush with the wood and it looks like a quality job. I left the lower cabinets and painted with a high gloss Behr white. I sanded the cabinets down before but wish I used a degreaser like tsp or something harder. They cabinets are old and unlevel so they rub and the paint has come off. But I will live with it as it's not forever. We also replaced the tap to the beautiful black tap from Ikea. It feels so good to cook in the kitchen although I never cook. Little changes made a huge difference and in a few years we will replace the lower cabinets and counter top. And the fridge. We hate our fridge. It's a traditional fridge with the freezer on top and both Jason and I dislike it. Especially with a 2 yr old helping himself to eggs.
I also just watch a demo on how to cover laminate counter tops with a product that looks like cement! And I fell in love. So I added another project to the list. We love it, and it fits us so well. Hey we may never change it! Huh! Yah right!!
The open shelving for dishes!!
Coffee bar and extra storage as you can see.