Kitchen Facelift - BEFORE

Our kitchen is is need of a Facelift.  Like, SERIOUS need.  This post is all of the "Before" pictures and "Problem Areas" rolled into one.  Once the kitchen is completed, I'll post an "AFTER" along with How-Tos for each section of the kitchen that was done.

Here are the general "BEFORE"'ll notice we pulled the cabinet doors off the cabinets above the sink (we only have two) so that we had easier access into them.  They also weren't able to properly close, so every time we washed dishes, we'd end up with bruises on our foreheads...not sexy at all.  You can disregard the bike leaning up against our fantastic butcher block - details on that to follow.  We have our pans hanging on the wall - our glasses hanging from a "bar holder", absolutely NO counter space, no backsplash (just white paint - see possible backsplash color here), and a towel-holder made of white twine (I'm not really complaining - it actually fits well there - thanks Greg).  But our kitchen does need some TLC...that's for sure...and some organization...that's DEFINITELY true.

The cabinets above the sink (as stated before), don't have doors - however, they store all of our plates, bowls, glasses, and spices, pastas, etc.  I've love to get the cabinet doors back on them again, to re-gain some sense of functionality, for cork-board reminders, and spice holders (to get my cabinet shelf back)...but we'll see. 

The cabinet above the fridge is completely NON-FUNCTIONAL - I mean - who the hell uses it anyway (or can reach it for that matter??)  Not to mention the extremely blank wall next to it - there literally is NOTHING on that wall except the Circuit-Breaker (of which there are two...).  Maybe we could put a rolling-pin apron holder on that wall?  With some original art from yours truly?  Or maybe something to do with pallets?  Grandma's got a whole bunch from the renovations of her house...hmmm...

Now comes the problem of the area under the sink.  This area holds both our cleaning supplies and pots...not a very good combination, but I found inspiration on Pinterest, and all links lead to this fantastic step-by-step guide!  Now comes the part of trying to convince Greg to build it for me :)

*Drum-roll please* NOW - introducing the "Dumpster-find" and "Built-In Trash Can"!!  Greg found this butcher block (sans the 3 top drawers), shortly after having moved in.  I acquired this when I moved into the apartment with him - and I couldn't be happier with it.  It's fantastic, actually.  The "Built-In Trash Can", is literally two pieces of wood screwed together to fit perfectly next to it (to hide the ugly bag sticking out, etc).

This butcher block literally holds our entire pantry (because we don't have one), all of my cookbooks, baking supplies, and beer (the beer collection is small right's actually the smallest it's ever been...shockingly enough). 

The top of the butcher block currently holds my cherished Keurig, a blender, two boxes of wine (don't worry - one is empty...actually is that good or bad? LOL), a bowl of apples, a plant (that I haven't yet killed), and a re-purposed vase of kitchen's pretty much an all-around "catch-all" for items that don't fit into our already small cabinets. 

Now we move to the left of the butcher block, in the middle of kitchen, between the butcher block, and stove...and we have another "PROBLEM AREA".  We don't really have a "place" to store our recyclables before having to take them to the dumpster/recycling bins (don't worry - after I took this picture, I dealt with the recycling nightmare I had on my hands).  Maybe we could custom build something?  Or maybe just stack our fancy beer boxes (Thanks Greg) until we find a better, more permanent solution?  Who knows...this is a topic that has YET to find a FINAL solution. 

Above the butcher block...on the smaller wall next to the the area of our kitchen that I absolutely LOVE.  This is our "booze wall", and it's fantastic with the gradually increasing sizes of the shelves, that Greg built for us earlier this year.  It's functional, and it works beautifully.

The next favorite part of the kitchen is something I made myself - a bulletin board, made entirely out of corks.  Yes, I am aware that you cannot see the corks (well sort-of)...because of the overwhelming amount of crap that is ON that bulletin board...but I love it - and it's ours...don't worry - it'll be cleaned up for the "AFTER" pictures, I promise.  Below that is Mr. Meowgi's food/water area... :)

Oh, and last, but certainly not least, is this silly little light, that gives nothing but silly LITTLE light in the kitchen...HAHA.  There is only ONE in the kitchen, and while we LOVE high-hats (we just don't have the money to put them in), we also are trying to keep within a budget.  So I found some more Pinterest Inspiration to possibly come into play on this one as well...but again...nothing is FINAL...

So...while I imagine and dream about this Kitchen Facelift"...I'd appreciate your comments below on Kitchen Makeovers, etc...I would LOVE to hear from people that have done it - best practices, stay away from these, etc...

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