Lauren’s Before Photos: & After, & After, &… After

published Oct 29, 2014
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(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)

I’m fairly certain that I’m going to go ahead with my plan to finish the kitchen for this year’s Style Cure, but I’m still not guaranteeing anything! I have a bunch of “before” photos to share with you all, as if you’ll remember I “Style Cured” my kitchen last year. This year’s Style Cure will hopefully be phase three or four (I’ve lost count) of our kitchen update. The above photo is the MLS photo of the kitchen of our house before we bought it. Our first update looked a little something like this…

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(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)

We painted the walls to lighten things up, decluttered, and that was about it. We lived with it like that for years (updating other parts of our house) until last year’s Style Cure when we painted the walls (again), painted the upper cabinets, removed the hideous light fixtures, rearranged a few things, and added some accessories:

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Between then and now, we installed new schoolhouse pendant lights and cabinet knobs and pulls from National Builder Supply and ripped out MANY layers of flooring and installed hardwood floors, so here’s where we’re at currently:

(Image credit: Lauren Hufnagl)

In the photo it looks pretty nice, and you may wonder what we have left to do. In person, however, the lower cabinets look pretty awful. We’ll be seriously sanding and then painting them (it’s not in the budget to replace them), adding new lower cabinet hardware, installing butcher block counters, and adding a farmhouse sink and a new faucet.

If this doesn’t all come together in twenty-ish days, I may still revert to plan B: the hallway! No promises. Wish me luck!

P.S. I’m taking opinions on what color to paint the lower cabinets, so feel free to throw in your two cents!