Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

The kitchen. Oh, the kitchen! This little room was its own little nightmare. When we moved in, it had wood looking laminate floors and your classic fruity wallpaper from the early 2000's. Everyone who came to the house, made some kind of joke about that paper! (You can read how we removed it here.)

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

The plan was to renovate this room last so that we could learn how it would function best and save for a proper renovation, but than our dishwasher leaked soaking the floor, and we decided to bump up the reno. Well, than we decided to sell, and nixed the reno in favor of a paint update. The upside was that I learned to grill over the summer because we left the appliances out so that we wouldn't put off the reno when we were still thinking we were going that route!

We did have to pull up the floors, though, which consisted of a layer of laminate, two layers of linoleum, a layer of plywood, and a layer of tar paper. That tarpaper was no joke! You can see more pictures and read how we got it up here. There is no super easy way, but what we did worked really well. It was just a long, sweaty, and very stinky process. I wish I was kidding when I tell you it smelled like straight up poo.

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

When we had the floors refinished, our floor refinisher said that it would be better if we replaced the floor in the kitchen because he wouldn't be able to refinish it to match the rest of the house. We didn't replace it due to time and cost factors but we did paint it with floor and deck paint to make the room feel and look cleaner for resale purposes. Moment of truth: I don't know that I would have gone with white in here if we were living in it. Even though I love the way it looks, it would have been a cleaning nightmare. The paint has held up well with all the foot traffic it's received from viewings, but it was also really dirty from it. Also, if I was to do it again, I would apply a coat or two of polyurethane to make cleaning it easier and to keep the shiny. Once the paint dried, it was very matte. We went the same paint color on the walls that we used in the bathroom and office, and I'm really happy with how it turned out overall. It looks fresh and clean and happy! Like a good place to make a sandwich ;)

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After