Thursday, February 25, 2010

Our Kitchen Makeover

I recently refinished out kitchen cabinets. They were the 90's oak look before. The real problem is that they looked old, there was sun fading and a bit of cracking in a few spots where the wood wasn't holding up really well. I sanded all the old finish off and then re-stained with the same color I did our kitchen table in. I like the new look and with the table finished in the same color, there is a nice flow.

This is the before kitchen

This is during the process

Almost half way done. I did the top half first and then the bottom so the kitchen wouldn't be in total disarray during the process.

You can see in the top right corner of this picture that we had to glue a wood veneer to the side of the cabinets. It was a cheap cardboard/plastic material that was sun faded blue. So we bought a thin wood, glued it on, and then put stain and polyurethane on. It turned out nice.

Here is the finished project. I am not a photographer and I don't think these pictures quite do it justice but that is just my lack of photography skills.

The project only cost $100 for new hardware, sand paper, wood veneer, stain, and paint to re-paint the walls. Now we just need to find some money for new stone counter tops:)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to everyone! I had a few little gifts for Ben and the kids on the table in the morning. Jacob woke up early and helped my decorate the table. He was really excited to participate but disappointed that his box of chocolates only had four chocolates in it.

Jacob made me this beautiful necklace in school and wanted me to model it so he could take a picture. I know, it is gorgeous!

There was no school last Friday, so we made sugar cookies for some of our friends. The boys had a fun time frosting and loading the cookies with sprinkles.

Ben made me a wonderful valentine with sweetheart candy sayings. What a creative guy!