Friday, May 29, 2015

The Befores

A while back I told you we were remodeling our kitchen (It Started with a New Stove). No new cabinets, but new countertops, a new island configuration and new dishwasher. We are having the cabinets painted.

We are going through the process now and it's strange, I've become emotionally attached to my countertops -- formica and all. And my dishwasher, a Maytag that hasn't had a problem in the 20 years I've owned it, I love it. (Am I sane?) Seriously, these things  all gave me a good 20 years worth of service and I was not throwing them into a dumpster!

I tried to donate both to different charity organizations-- a place called Second Chance and Habitat for Humanity and no one would take these great countertops and my dishwasher (I guess I can't blame them about the dishwasher, but the countertops were in perfect shape). So, I went on Craigslist and listed them for free and guess what? I had many, many takers!

So, if they are all in such good shape, why update?
First and foremost, we don't plan on staying here forever. Maybe we we will, but the plan is to relocate someday. So, we wanted to update because everyone knows that kitchens sell homes, and we want to enjoy our investment! So, when we got the stove and the rest snowballed. Here are my before photos.

My beloved dishwasher and countertops:

My sink that really bugged me -- impossible to keep clean and ugh, the scratches!

So, we got the new countertops, sink and dishwasher yesterday. Sneak peek...

Still have a lot to do do...stay tuned!