If you regularly read my blog, you may have seen photos of my kitchen before. It’s a large kitchen that’s laid out pretty well and it’s not hideous by any means, but it’s far from my dream kitchen. When we bought/built our house 10 years ago, we did the best that we could with the budget that we had. There wasn’t a lot of money in the budget for upgrades, so we opted for one step up with the cabinets to get white ones, but they are made of MDF with a plasticy kind of coating over top of them and don’t have that farmhouse painted look that I yearn for. Some of the things that I don’t love about our kitchen are the cheap metal range hood, that has no style whatsoever! There’s also no moldings or trims on these cabinets. You’ll notice in the photo the cabinet door that won’t close anymore, that’s where we keep our kitchen trash can. How lovely that we get a peek of that every day!
Close up of the metal range hood.
The builder put these fake drawers things in under the sink and then drilled holes and put knobs in them. The knobs were ugly so I replaced them first thing, however there’s no way to get your hand behind there to put new knobs in. We cheated for awhile and glued knobs to the fronts. But I recently changed the knobs again and now we can’t seem to get the new knobs to stick. Worse yet, now the plastic coating is peeling off around the holes and the glue left a yellow stain that’s permanent. The back splash was installed incorrectly and is pulling away from the wall. We’ve had it re-caulked twice, but it just keeps cracking. I would have loved to have gotten granite countertops, but again they didn’t fit the budget at the time. So we opted for black formica … sometimes I squint my eyes so that I can pretend that it’s granite! The flooring was another budget decision, vinyl was all we could get. It looks really cool in the photos, but it’s starting to wear, there are torn spots and scratches on it after 10 years of use. Also, when the builder installed the cabinets, the laminate end pieces were not done properly. They are rippled, which kind of makes my kitchen cabinets look like they have cellulite. Ugh! Rippled orange peel looking laminate on the end of the island. Hole in vinyl flooring. Formica counter tops Underside of Formica counter tops. So the secret is out, now you know what every square inch of my kitchen really looks like! Thankfully Home Depot has three excellent options to make anyone’s dream kitchen a reality, even mine! The options are Replace, Reface or Renew. Replace is just how it sounds, the old cabinets come out and fabulous new ones go in and you can select the lay out that’s just right for you, and your family! With refacing, you keep your existing cabinets, and they replace the doors, trim etc. This is a nice option if you want to keep the same footprint that you have, it’s typically less costly then replacing the cabinets, and it takes a lot less time. Most refacing projects can be completed in 3-5 days!! They can also renew your cabinets, by refinishing the cabinets that you already have, using a revolutionary wood renewal process, that’s done without the dust, and nasty fumes that occur with traditional methods. Of course the Home Depot can also do other things too, like replace the Counter Tops, put in the Wood Floors and all of that. For more info, watch these videos from The Home Depot: Replace Video Reface Video Renew Video Big News! With the help of The Home Depot, our kitchen is about to change for the better!! Woohoo!! Stay tuned to watch all the progress and see which option I chose to make our Dream Kitchen a reality! I’m guessing some of you guys have things you want to change in your kitchens too. Do you have a dream wish list for your Kitchen? Let me know in the comments section below for your chance to win a $1,000 Home Depot gift card!
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