Before & After: Mandy's Good Mood Kitchen

Before & After: Mandy's Good Mood Kitchen

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Zearing, IA
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
When we bought our house, it was badly in need of help. In the kitchen, we found that the insulation needed to be replaced, mold under the carpet, and unsafe electric.
We ripped everything down to studs and removed the wall to the living room, exposing the brick chimney.
We removed the sofit and added trim and painted the cabinets. In the area formerly occupied by the stove, we added a shelf to balance the cupboards. I made a lower cabinet underneath for the microwave. We used 100-year-old pine for the countertops. I found the light fixtures on Craigslist for $8. The sink was stashed in our basement when we bought the house, and the table was made by yours truly. We found the hutch at an architectural salvage as well as 1890s pine trim to match what would have been original

Someday, we hope to replace the appliances, but until then, I can live with my 1980's vintage almond…
Overall, we spent about $565 on everything (not including the hutch).
My makeover advice::
Once in a while you'll see a vintage 1970s "Microwave Cookbook" at a thrift store - buy it, you'll need the inspiration. Also, get ready to eat a lot of take-out.

The biggest part of a project is starting. Just dive in, and realize you're going to have a messy house for a little while. Also, don't be afraid to try to DIY something.
What I love most about my new space::
I love the way the light floods it in the morning. It is so bright and sunny, I can't help but be in a good mood to start the day.
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