Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A new LOOK

For some time, the cabinets above our refrigerator drove me insane.  Not being able to access them because they were too far back making storage a big fat "not"  just made me irritated, lol.  I dreamed of having an enclosure, but it was always on the last part of the to do list.

With them being wider than the actual fridge, it was a true eyesore.  I seemed to always be trying to hide the big gap at the top too.  

So, you all have to know the rest....I searched Pinterest and online for inspiration!  I found numerous kitchens that I fell in love with but my budget was under $100.  My original plan was to use ash wood, but it was $50 for a 4x8 sheet.  I needed two, so that was marked out quickly.  On to the next plan, using paneling and turning it backside out for a smooth finish.   The hubby just loves me when I come up with a "plan".  He says, "when are your plans going to stop?"  But we didn't argue or bicker on this project and I am still in shock!   Between paneling, paint, screws, and lumber, we spent $85 on this little upgrade.  Yes, I shopped at Lowes and used scraps too. 

He does such a good job with making things square, measuring correctly and cutting nice straight lines.  That's why he's my handy man.(smiling from ear to ear with love)

Once he does his magic, then it's my turn.  Painting, adding trim, adding a shelf and hanging the cabinet doors.  I used the doors from below the sink.  I had been wanting to add a curtain for a long time but always chickened out.  Now I had a good excuse to follow through.  But the squareness of it all didn't sit well with me.

So I added appliques that I made, to mimic the curve on the top cabinets.  It did the trick!

I love how it turned out!  Now I just need to paint the rest of my cabinets white and we'll be good to go.

But that's another story.  We have some students coming Sunday to film and I can't be in the middle of painting, now can I?

It actually makes the kitchen feel bigger.

More wall space was a nice added bonus.  Sadly I didn't have enough room for Mammaw's little desk.  I'll find another spot for it though. See the skirt under the sink?  I love it! 

Little feet were added to the kick plate along with the corner brackets above the skirting to make my dream kitchen a reality.  I just so need to PAINT!  I see so many scuff marks, and the distressed look isn't my cup of tea anymore with these cabinets.  One day at a time Sweet Melanie...Rome wasn't built in a day.

Tweaking takes time so until then, have a blessed week.


  1. What a kitchen. So beautiful. I love all the white. My kitchen is also white. Great job.

  2. Melanie, I didn't mind the before look...but once you finished the new look off...well that is so sweet. Love your sink skirt. I love my sweet handy man too. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. Great job!! Love that look!! Love the white cabinets and when they are all painted, you will love them!!

  4. That looks GREAT!!! Your hubby and you did a great job on everything. You two really make a good team...even if you do have to drag him kicking and screaming into the project KNOW you do! MyHero is NOT handy at all so I am envious that your guy can do those things. Love it...and it really "finishes" the kitchen. xo Diana

  5. Hola melanie , me encanta todo tu hogar , tu cocina ha quedado preciosa con ese arreglo , en verdad tu esposito es una joya jeje .Por fi escribe mas a menudo en tu blog , si puedes , pues me encanta . Muchos besitos mi niña , Dios te bendiga a ti y a los tuyos

  6. that is just beautiful! I adore the ''plan'' being well thought out and done for so little! Do you know how lucky you are to have such a ''handy man" ? Gorgeous, I adore it, would not mind cooking in there every day.

  7. I love love love your new fridge space. I saw this and thought of you.
    I am sure yours would be so much cuter!...Another 'project'!

  8. My goodness! What a difference that makes to your kitchen. I am waiting patiently for the day our kitchen gets new cabinets. Won't be long now.

  9. I love love love the skirt on the sink!!!! Now I have to make one also!!!!! Beautiful!!!! xoxo

  10. Love your whole kitchen transformation over the years, it just keeps getting better and better... What color and brand of the new white paint are you using? I love how crisp, clean and bright it is.


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