I showed you pictures of the kitchen the way it was when we bought the house here. Those were taken before the first round of renovations were done in early 2010. Clearly, the kitchen needed some serious help. It was like a cave in there!!! I avoided it like the plague and wanted to change it immediately, and thankfully my husband’s fresh chocolate chip cookie cravings agreed with me. We didn’t have the budget or the know-how to do a thorough job of it then, but we knew with a toddler and another little one on the way, that carpet had to go ASAP!! We bought some tile, tore up the carpet and layers of linoleum underneath, and with the experienced help of family we got the kitchen floor tiled in no time. At the same time, I had my sisters come over to help me fill the grooves of the old paneling with drywall mud, sand, and paint the walls so they no longer resembled a dark country barroom. I will have to write about that experience—surely there are others out there who have dark paneling they want to change but don’t have the money or time to completely remove it.
Here is the kitchen after the tiling and wall facelift!
Better than before, no? It is no House Beautiful, but an improvement over the previous dark cavelike atmosphere.
This makes the room look tilty tilty uncle milty.
Much brighter than before. That back area used to be so dark!
I call this the middle stage of our kitchen. Better than it was, but still a ways to go (see that ceiling and the old falling apart cabinets?).
I think the cookie production may have increased slightly after this.