Next up in the little house – the kitchen and bathroom.
Here’s the kitchen. Before, it had very old base cabinets in a lovely shade of light yellow. No uppers.
- Ripped out the base cabinets and dumped them. They were quite disgusting.
- Took out the fluorescent lighting and added can lighting. Budget: Can lighting is cheap, but looks nice.
- Instead of taking down the paneling and faux-brick (not shown in the above pic), we just painted over them in a neutral shade. It turned out making the room look much bigger and brighter.Bought a set of 20-or-so cabinets from Craigslist. They weren’t in the best shape, but they were solid. We used about 8 of them, and sold the rest of them in the yard sale. Budget: Buy used. Sell what you cannot use.
- Installed the cabinets and painted them a shade of off-white. Budget: Paint is cheap.
- Added hardware that was given to us by the in-laws. Budget: Free is good.
- Considered purchasing used appliances. However, Lowe’s was having a 6-months-no-payments-no-interest deal. So, we purchased very inexpensive appliances there and are using the rental income to pay for them. We also think they may be less likely to have problems in the near future.
- Did I mention we cleaned? Big time.
And, while we don’t have a before shot of the bathroom – here’s the after shot. (While my husband has countless talents – like being able to work any tool, lift anything, fix everything, renovate two entire houses and deal with me – photography isn’t his forte. He only took 6 before shots. Lesson learned – I will take before shots going forward.)
We were able to salvage almost everything in this room, including the tub and vanity.
What we did:
- Painted right over the faux tile (top half of walls). They originally had hideous pink roses on them. Painting covered this up and cleaned up the whole room. The bottom was also painted a neutral color. I honestly don’t even remember what color it was originally. Green? I don’t know. My dad actually painted most of this house. He pretty much rocks. Budget: Paint is cheap.
- Replaced the toilet with one that was given to us. It was almost new. Budget: We love free things.
- Cleaned everything really well. That’s all most of it needed.
And, I think it’s worth noting – I really despise the floors in the kitchen and bathroom. No matter how much we scrubbed or what we used, they still looked yucky to me. But, it’s not our house. They were clean and they were durable. So, we didn’t replace them.
What do you think? Would you be able to live in the little house?