Kitchen Makeover–Before Pics


Big changes going on at the Moses Homestead. As usual. Zach is always undertaking a new improvement project and making our house better. Now, it’s time for a temporary kitchen re-do. Our eventual goal is to move the kitchen into a different room entirely. When we have an extra $7,000 in our pocket. For now, though, Zach will sand off the ghastly frosting texture that’s on the walls, we’ll repaint the cupboards and newly smoothed walls, and put on some pretty new knobs and pulls we found on sale at Lowe’s.



Getting these walls smooth is a huge job. We know because so far Zach has gotten rid of the frosting (huge globs of joint compound in peaks like a fluffy  cake) in 6 other rooms! If you’ve ever been to a Chinese bakery with fake cakes, you might be able to picture how dust and greasy cobwebs cling to the contours of our walls.

For the next two weeks, most of the contents of the kitchen will be housed in the dining room, and I will be doing some less-than-gourmet cooking on this single hotplate on the tabletop.


(This photo arrangement makes me feel so british, with my hotplate and my teakettle and tea assortment close at hand)

Before sanding the walls, Zach drew this family portrait, inspired by a great post on Apartment Therapy. We did notice how nice a formal moulding would look over this doorway.


4 Responses to “Kitchen Makeover–Before Pics”

  1. 1 maria December 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I heard that Sharpie ink is impossible to paint over… though I don’t remember from whom.

    Have fun with your kitchen renovations! Do you know what colors you’ll be using yet?

  2. 2 Kristin December 9, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    cute. But i wanna see pics up close, and i can’t click to embiggen!

  3. 3 ibbyskibby December 9, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Update…Photos embiggened!
    I thought thumbnails would be clickable, but they were not. Now you can see my awful kitchen in full size glory.

  4. 4 Aimee December 31, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    How are you suppose to make your gourmet meals on a hot plate? Hmmm… seems terribly difficult. I can’t wait to see your kitchen 100% prettified! Zach told me about little puppy brown that is on the walls.

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