Then we realized that the television crews from HGTV, DIY, or Kitchen Crashers were "no-shows".....and we rolled up our sleeves and did our own DIY on a Dime, except it was more like a penny - a shiny new copper penny!
When we moved into this old house, the kitchen had well built white cabinets, copper hardware, a dishwasher that was older than me, milk chocolate walls and ceiling, and acrylic craft painted countertops. The countertops looked pretty good three years ago, but lately Mrs. Prather's pink has been peeking through. Early on, we repainted the walls and replaced the dishwasher. Then we just decided to just live with it for a while.
After months of researching Pinterest, I ditched all those ideas of painting the cabinets in a weekend, and went with simple. Keep it simple. Keep the cabinets. Keep the hardware. Keep the countertops. Keep the floor. Keep the appliances (except for the dishwasher). The cabinets and hardware got a good scrubbing and touch-up paint on the cabinet's chips and scratches.
I painted the countertops black with a Rust-Oleum product (according to directions) especially made for that project. The faux tin paintable wallpaper on the backsplash looked worse than faux, so it came down almost as soon as it went up. I think it was the installer, not the product.
By now, the man of the house decides he had better get involved and we moved on to the next plan . All we needed were 9 sheets of faux tin ceiling tiles, a man who understands a tape measure, and the right tool for the job..
The instructions said it could be accomplished in a few hours. It was more like all day, because there were four light and switch plates to cut around. I'm so glad he helped. He's so smart.
Keeping the copper hardware gave us a new purpose for thrift shopping. $15 for the whole box of copper stuff. A bargain here, a find there, and we had every decoration we needed, and then some.
I would have never chosen all that copper if it hadn't been for keeping the handles and hinges, but it's beginning to grow on me.
Then I got the brilliant idea to glue pennies on cardboard letters from a craft store. Brilliant. Except that all the weight is on the front and it took some creative engineering (mostly E6000) to get them to stand up! So as a word of warning - buy wood letters if you are glueing pennies.
The reminder to E.A.T. and the copper boiler rummage sale find, work perfectly on the garage sale oak hutch with it's fresh coat of black. The brass handles turned copper with a little help from Rust-Oleum hammered copper spray paint.
AND the second hand on the second hand bargain box clock is hopelessly broken. It just hangs there at a the six. I like it. We E.A.T. breakfast at six. We E.A.T. supper at six.
Other than that, I figure it's six o'clock somewhere and someone is E.A.T.ing!
And now (drum roll...) the moment you have been waiting for....you are waiting for this moment, aren't you?
Here is proof that you don't have to spend a fortune updating your old kitchen to make it look like a newer one. And just maybe it will inspire someone to tackle their tacky kitchen with a little facelift.
You'll never see this kitchen remodel on the cheap in a magazine or on a how to site. But if you'll come over for supper (at six) you can see it in person and we'll bore you with all our stories.