Giving a kitchen a new life

February 26, 2021 in Blog, House Tour

I get so busy with helping my clients with ideas to create their dream homes, sometimes I forget about my own. We’ve lived in our house for almost 3 years now and I hadn’t touched the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, we bought our house from flippers so it was definitely liveable, but it had no life. Last year I had a crazy moment and decided to knock down the wall between our kitchen and living room. That was kind of dumb becasue I didn’t make a plan to put it back together, and the Real Estate market got crazy and I didn’t have a whole lot of time. Fast forward to this year, we finally got around to getting it done.

Here’s the deal, old cabinets are still good. Personally I think vintage cabinets are better because they were made with so much more craftsmanship than cabinets today. Contrary to popular belief many cabinets can be taken down and reworked. The honest truth is that if I had known that, I may have taken down more cabinets and reworked the whole layout.

One of the major issues in our kitchen is that there wasn’t room for a kitchen table, that was because the refrigertor had a weird placement and when you opened the door it would hit anything that was in it’s way. So I decided to move the refrigerator over and built a surround for it while I was at it.

When I was shopping for houses, I really wanted a white kitchen, and I thought I had found it with this one, until we moved in and I realized it was the ugliest pinky beige. Ewwww! But it went with the brand new brown counter tops that I absolutely hated as well. But what do you do when you basically already paid for granite countertops? Well you pain the cabinets in a shade that works with them.

Antoher thing we wanted to do was open up the kitchen wall to the living room for more light and flow, so a year after I had my sledge hammer moment, I had a handyman come finsih off the wall.

But of course taking down the cabinet and that wall, left another problem, and open cabinet where it was once connected. So what do you do about that? Wine rack of course!

For this project I bought some wine inserts on Etsy, and then trimmed it out. Really easy project for anyone who wants to make a wine rack out of an existing cabinet.

The rest of the project was just paint (Behr Juniper Berries- lower cabinets. Walls and uppers-Benjamin Moore Cloud White), hardware, and adding some shelving. Oh and DIY backspash which is just subway tile that I did myself (it’s much easier than you think). I’m really happy with the results, and I hope to enjoy this kitchen for years to come.


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Hi I'm Monica! I'm a Real Estate professional in love with houses, especially vintage houses. I'm obsessed with decorating and rehabbing and helping my clients create their dream home with inexpensive updates. I also love helping sellers get top dollar for their property by taking the dated out of their home and staging in a modern simplistic way. I enjoy coffee and thrift store shopping to look for items to repurpose and use in house. And of course anything vintage, I’m a bit of a June Cleaver. I’m a wife and a mom of almost teenage twins that I homeschool. I am currently a Real Estate & Mortgage professional in San Antonio, TX & Los Angeles, CA. I also help educate all over the country about the home buying process and have a team of people that i work with to help you reach your goals. We moved to SATX from SOCAL in 2018 to simplify our life. I love it here and have helped several people relocate. Read More


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