My Parent’s Kitchen Renovation

During the summer we took some time to renovate my parent’s (Who also had 12 children) house, and one of the rooms that needed some updating was the kitchen. They had replaced the cabinets, about 20 years ago, which we did not change. Some of the changes we did was to remove the wallpaper, replace the tile that was there for 46 years, replace the hardware, took down the paneling, replaced the sink and faucet and painted the trim and walls. Our goal was to try and update the house so they could hopefully sell (my Mom is having a harder time getting around) and move out by us into a ranch.
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Read how we took down the paneling here.
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You could read about how we remove wallpaper here.
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Under the tile in the dining room area was hard wood flooring the same as the living room, which had carpet covering it, and was removed about 10 years ago.   DSCI1021
We removed the tile with a putty knife and a hammer, (It came up fairly easy) and then used the amazing Basic H with a putty knife and a green scrubby to remove the adhesive. It was strong enough to remove the adhesive but yet it did not ruin the wood. We had to make sure we used a mask while working on this, not knowing what the tile was made out of.
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This is the wood after we cleaned it, before we put two coats of polyurethane finish on it.DSCI1282
Under the tile in the kitchen area was only plywood.
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We primed and painted the window casing.
 DSCI1130  The casing and baseboards were removed to be replaced, which first needed to be primed and painted.
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We also painted the ceiling before we painted the walls, which gave it a fresh clean look.
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The window frames were painted and now look updated.
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We removed the rest of the tile in the kitchen and there was a black adhesive remaining, which we did not remove because we were going to be installing ceramic tile.
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Then we tiled the kitchen floor. (We will blog on how to install ceramic tile on another project.)  DSCI1323 DSCI1324 DSCI1327
We do not like high transitions, so we always look for something that would give us the flattest transition. Here we used a piece of oak door stop.
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Here is a close-up of the transition piece. As you could see this is before we cleaned it up and put the polyurethane on it.
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IMG_1111 (2)  The floor was not finished yet here and before the hutch was painted.
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This is the finished dining area, with the floor finished and the hutch painted.
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This has been long over do. What do you think of the end results?

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13 comments:

  1. I love it! You have a beautiful family and I know that your parents love the new fresh space.That china hutch makeover I couldn't believe.Great job.

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  2. What a gorgeous renovation! So thoroughly explained! It looks just beautiful!

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  3. Wow Wow Wow! It's amazing how much paint can really change - the hutch and the window casings alone! I think it looks great!

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  4. Awesome renovation it looks so light and bright now. Hey I wrote out an email but not sure if you got it I had some glitches in my blog to where no one was seeing my posts so I had to recreate a new one please come follow me there its noplacelikehomeally.blogspot.com thank you~!

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  5. Beautiful makeover! You guys did an awesome job.

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  6. Looks amazing! It looks like a completely different house! Great job!

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  7. I think it looks great and will for sure help the house sell! I like how you painted the hutch, just doing that really made the room seem bigger.

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  8. I love what you did, it's gorgeous! Everything looks so much lighter and brighter and bigger!

    After my dad died we had to help my mom get her home ready for sale so that she could move in with us, as she couldn't be alone due to health issues.

    I thought it would be a huge deal but the people wanted to do their own remodel so we were really blessed with having to do very little. Helping her pack up and make decisions was monumental as she had tons of stuff and of course was grieving the loss of my dad.

    So I just think it's awesome that you are helping your parents!

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  9. Love your re-do's! I just signed up under Bonnie to sell Shaklee and I can't wait to get started! You have such a nice family! :)

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  10. It's gorgeous. Amazing how bright the kitchen seems now. I also love how you painted the buffet white - so striking.

    Question, though, did you sand, prime, and paint the window casings? Several other blogs have mentioned using Adhesion Primer from Sherwin-Williams. What do you recommend? We want to paint our window casings and trim white (currently stained a honey oak); but sanding would be a huge undertaking and not one I really want to do with a 16-mons old in the house.

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  11. I love how this all turned out! this is very similar to what we did in our own kitchen, except we painted the cabinets as well. I love how this has all turned out!!!

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  12. All your hard work was well worth the effort. The rooms look clean and updated. Looks like you had quite the handy crew to help with this great transformation.

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  13. Wow you all did some hard work! Looks great!! I'd love to see you on my weekend linky party :)

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