Remember this picture from my Christmas summary post?
You know, the one where mini was less than enthused about the gift I bled, sweated and cried over for about a month before it was finished? Yeah, that.
In her defense, she had the flu. Now that she's better, she loves it. (I swear.)
So this is the post where I show you what it looked like before I took a saw/hammer/drill/electric screwdriver/paint to it. The post where I tell you how I took it from the $10 I spent at a garage sale:
To the beautiful, modern kitchen it is today:
Yes, that's right. I'm doing it. I'm showing you way too many pictures. I'm giving you the whole before and after. Why? Because, doggone, I'm proud of this baby. I don't work with power tools a ton. And this required the whole shebang. This is something I've been wanting to do since I pinned this bad boy:
Phew! Tiring just looking at it. So let's take a little cake break, ok?
Much better. Especially since I didn't make those, just bought them at the target dollar section. Now, on with the show.
Let it be said, I am no power tool expert here. And I had a lot of help. Did I mention that? Moving right along... The first thing we did was focus on the front of the kitchen. I wanted the oven door to open like an oven door - makes sense, right? So I removed the doors. I would have reused them, but they weren't the right size for the opening when turned on their sides. So we measured the space around the top shelf and cut a wood plank (I think it was a 4x4?) I had laying around in my garage. We used very small flat hinges and attached three along the bottom (could have gotten away with two, but we played it safe). We then used a screwdriver to reattach all the magnets/metal plates that were used in the original kitchen to keep the doors closed. There is one on each side along the top edge. We screwed in 4 small eyes and used a pliers to open them and attach the two chains. Then we just cut a scrap piece of wood into a little strip and screwed it to the front for a handle.
Next, we focused on the top. I sanded it and painted, the "backsplash" area too. I used epoxy putty (specifically, this stuff:
) to glue down the paint can lids for the burners. I probably could have fit four down, but #1, I kind of wanted some "counter space" and #2, two was all we could get for free. So it's a European style stovetop. Then we (and by we I definitely mean my dad at this point, since I'm still scared of saws. Have to get over that sometime...) sawed the circle for the sink. You should have seen us with the string and the pencil trying to draw a perfect circle with just the right diameter so the lip on the metal bowl I used would hit perfectly in place... we had to get mr out in the garage to help us with some math and in the end I just eyeballed it and hit it dead on. Booyah! Anyway, we used a jig saw for that. We drilled the holes for the faucet while we were at it. Then we inserted the faucet (which I got at the restore for three dollars and it might be my favorite part aside from the curtain). Then we used the same epoxy putty as before around the lip of the metal bowl and pushed the sink in.
You can see in the 4th picture there, how the sink sits down into the oven, but not too far. I bought no less than THREE metal bowls before I finally "gave up", then went to the thrift store and low and behold found the perfect size. Sigh.
So now is when I did paint touch-ups, taped some things off and added a few paint details. I wish I'd thought to paint the dowel before inserting it, but at least it's generally covered.
I spray painted two of the four existing knobs silver and screwed them back in. Then I screwed in a little silver handle where the other two knobs were below the sink for a hand towel to hang. The last thing was to add a few hooks to the side for potholders and such.
Easy shmeezy utensil holders! I happen to think they're pretty great, which is cool since they took about 2 minutes to make, cost me ZERO dollars and have lids to keep everything tidy.
I also managed to whip up this little cookie kit for mini, which was another christmas present:
Tutorial to come!
So far she has some pizza from Aunt Al, some cupcakes and cake from tarjay, some felt cookies and some wooden cookies and wooden donuts from Aunt Al as well. I think she has the main food groups covered, but I'll try to work on adding to the menu just for fun.
Also to come, hopefully shortly, a tutorial for this guy:
Don't know why it's a "guy" when it's pink and has a bow, but whatev.
Aren't you glad I'm done subjecting you to photos of this kitchen?