Kitchen Mini-redo

Posted on | October 17, 2009 | 9 Comments

We bought this house a little over a year ago. It was built in 1921 (I love that!). The kitchen, I love not so much. See, there are cabinets on only ONE side of the kitchen (and even those cabinets circa 1932 are metal- eek!). We plan a reno, but until we can afford it, we make do with what God provides us.

We were at one of the local department stores one day & found “laundry cabinets.” I pushed my hip against it, I leaned on it with my hands, and while I knew it was a smidge shorter than a regular kitchen counter, couldn’t pass it up at a mere sale price of $29.97 ($60 to have cabinets- YAY!).

We brought 2 of them home, along with a roll of contact paper that was similar in colour to the rest of our kitchen counters, and Hubba & I worked diligently that evening getting them together. I used the squeegee from the bathroom to be sure I laid the contact paper smooth. It was good.

But then over the course of the next year (the past year), the contact paper began to wear down.

Bubbles formed in the particle board, and the contact paper began to peel.

And I planned to get more contact paper, all the while dreaming of a renovated kitchen *le sigh*


This morning, Hubba was watching Fox news, as he usually does, and they had a story on there.

Title: Around the House: 10/17

Published: Sat, 17 Oct 2009

Description: Home Depot tiling tips you can use!

And my wheels started turning…. and I remembered….. Around the same time we bought those now hideous (but useful) cabinets, we also bought some vinyl self-stick vinyl floor tiles. We had planned on doing the mudroom floor with them, but by the time we realised that there weren’t enough (which come to think of it, there may have been, but we thought there were less tiles in the box than there actually are), they’d quit selling that particular pattern. *le sigh*

Anyhoo….. I enlisted the help of my small, but hardworking slave force. See I’d planned on laying the tiles all the way across, including the seam of the 2 cabinets (for a smoother finish), but you know how cheap particle board furniture goes- the tiles were just not lining up. So, we had to empty the cabinets & switch them around. They squatted, and they grunted, and they picked up heavy canisters and light canisters and baskets of stuff, & that little force moved those things under the cabinets into the dining room.

Then the switcharoo was finished. The eldest slave boy helped with that. And there were these pieces. Just a few inches across that I didn’t want to waste. I stuck them to the kick plate of these now gorgeous-again cabinets.

And again, I enlisted the help of my slave force & we repositioned the kitchen. And it was good. It was even GREAT! It IS great. I love it, I keep looking at it. I stare, I touch, I love…..

I told Hubba it’s all his fault. He was watching the news. *grin*

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9 Responses to “Kitchen Mini-redo”

  1. Andora
    October 17th, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    It looks really good,I really like it..I want to do mine sometime soon,but may have to wait until next year…

  2. Millie
    October 17th, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    Oh! It is wonderful! Well done.

  3. The Mom
    October 17th, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

    That looks great! Good work.

  4. Donna B
    October 17th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

    It looks wonderful! Now I need to have something like that in my way too small kitchen!

  5. Shannon
    October 17th, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    Nice! I like it! 🙂

  6. Patsy
    October 19th, 2009 @ 8:50 am

    Wow! Looks beautiful. What a great idea.

  7. Michelle
    October 19th, 2009 @ 12:44 pm


  8. Kelle
    October 19th, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    Wonderful use of what you had on hand! It looks wonderful, great job! We put those self adhesive tiles on the kitchen floor of our first house, they wore so well and when we went to remodel had a heck of a time tearing them up. There was a sealant we used, maybe you could do this to the top of the counter, just to avoid, water sneeking into the cracks and loosening them. If I recall it didn't cost much, came in a qt. bottle.

  9. katie
    October 20th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

    I love this!! Very nice, girl.

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