Our Sideways Kitchen Makeover

 Hello readers!

We have been super-busy and productive around our little Sideways House this last week.
{So busy in fact that we haven't blogged in the last week...}

We have been doing some updates to our tiny cozy kitchen. We painted the kitchen last spring, added the chalkboard wall and bought a new dishwasher. It definitely made the kitchen feel fresher and brighter. {The kitchen was the same dark mushroom brown as the den when we first moved in.} But the original cabinets from the 1940s felt tired and worn out and the floor was grungy and don't even get me started on the boob flushmount light fixture. Here's a little reminder of what the kitchen looked like last Monday.

And here is our kitchen now!
 We painted the cabinets with Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint. The uppers are Shutter Gray and the lowers are Typewriter {which might be my current fave!}. I added bonding agent to the paint after mixing and sealed the paint with two coats of hemp oil. I used a foam roller to get an even coat and minimal brush strokes.

 I made the valance out of grain sack fabric from Decor Steals. I wanted a rustic look so I left the edges un-hemmed.

 The knobs and pulls are from Hobby Lobby. 
I spray painted the original hinges with antique brass to match.

 The light fixture is from Home Depot. It was the quickest and easiest part of the project and made such a big difference. I love how it matches the hardware.

 The floor was probably the hardest part. Brew came home from work to me sitting in the middle of the floor about to have an adult temper tantrum with a pile of incorrectly cut tiles next to me. Peel and stick tiles are easy in theory. However, crooked 1940s walls and an uneven sub-floor complicated the project a bit. I was going to do a tutorial on the floor installation but lets just say that didn't happen...

 We installed the shelf above the cabinets for some extra space to display my treasures.

 That is Brew's actual grocery list. Check out that neat handwriting...
Forget the staging! This is real life!

We were on a strict budget for our kitchen makeover. We are thinking we will do a major kitchen renovation in a few years but we wanted to be able to enjoy the space {and not cringe every time we walked in the room}. Our kitchen makeover came in at about $200! {Cha-ching!}

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  1. Love the transformation. Your kitchen has so much character!

    1. Shauna, Thank you so much! We love our kitchen now. A little paint and some sweat equity really brought character to the old kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a lovely kitchen. You guys did such a super job! x

    1. Danielle, thank you for your sweet comments. I love your blog! Thanks so much for stopping by our little corner of the blog world!

  3. Your kitchen looks great, I like your dark lower cabinets and the chalk wall is lovely!

    1. Heather, I have been obsessed with two tone cabinets for a few months and dark paint help to hide any dirt or drips that get on the cabinets. We love the chalkboard wall. It's so fun and functional! Thanks for your kind comments!

  4. I love the outcome! How many bags of paint did it take for all the cabinets?