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OUR DIY-TO-DREAMY KITCHEN | One Room Challenge Week One

Hello friends!

I’m stopping by to tell you the very exciting news that thanks to a quick poll on Facebook, I’ll be giving our kitchen a LONG overdue makeover for this edition of the One Room Challenge!!

Check out this beauty when we moved here…

…and after I painted the cabinets BM White Dove – that made a huge difference and we’ve lived with it like this for 8.5 years.

We are grateful to have this house and this functional kitchen. It’s not horrible, but all the old appliances are slowly dying, and if you’ve been around here long enough you already know how I feel about those baloney colored countertops!!!

I used the kitchen table space for this little seating area that we love and use all the time, so that will stay put.

The rest of the kitchen will get some much needed TLC.

This is NOT the major makeover we had planned when we bought this house, the vision I have talked about endlessly on this blog, and the dream TWO kitchen designers have drawn up plans for. NOPE!! Instead we are going the route of a DIY-TO-DREAMY kitchen makeover!!

DIY countertops

DIY cabinet modification

DIY range hood

DIY backsplash

NEW appliances



I’ve got a lot of ideas, a two-kids-in-college-budget, and questionable sanity, so this should be mighty fun!!


Our flooring, which will affect not only the kitchen but our whole first floor. Our kitchen currently sports faux-wood vinyl sheet flooring that is on top of a plywood underlayment that is on top of an 80s vinyl sheet flooring that is on top of a subfloor. Did you follow that?? TWO sets of vinyl flooring and underlayment that all needs to be cut out with a circular saw. Our adjoining foyer boasts some sweet 80s tile, and the surrounding family room, living room and dining room all have worn out hardwoods.

So far I’ve been shot down by TWO flooring pros who would rather poke their eyeballs out than remove our kitchen and foyer floors, install new hardwoods, sand the other rooms and stain and finish them all into the glorious floors of my dreams. Two professionals who don’t want that job because it is SO BAD! So what’s a sister to do? I hate to say it but the answer to that might be DIY – say a prayer for me that I’ll be able to con some angel floorer into that part of this One Room Challenge!!

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a room makeover in all my years and cannot wait to show you the plan next week, and some progress of what DIYs I’ve put into motion this week!

Farewell baloney countertops!! ??????

Check out all the guest participants’ projects for this round of the One Room Challenge, created and hosted by Linda Weinstein and media partner Better Homes & Gardens!

Best wishes to my comrades for this lightning fast six week challenge, and thanks to you for following along on this DIY kitchen makeover!

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Thursday 25th of October 2018

You are so funny!! Farewell to baloney!!! Can’t wait Lisa.


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Those poor countertops have taken some serious verbal abuse over the years Amie! :)


Wednesday 10th of October 2018

Oh Lisa! I know exactly what you mean about the flooring pros. I had the same kind of resistance when trying to book renovation pros for my small and awkward bathroom. But here's the way or the will figure this out. I'm sure of it! And your flooring and kitchen dreams will finally come true. I'm saying a little prayer right now for that angel floorer. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project


Thursday 11th of October 2018

Susie you are the sweetest - thanks for your kind message! You are right - one way or another it will get done, maybe not within the timeline of the ORC but it will get done! Hope your bathroom is going well!

Nicole @ The Inspired Hive

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

Sounds like you've got your work ahead of you with those floors but I can't wait to see waht you do!!! Following along! :)


Thursday 11th of October 2018

Nicole most things I can tackle myself but this one is a pretty hefty DIY. It's kind of hilarious I can't even PAY someone to do it! But it will get resolved...thanks so much for coming by!

Kristy Mastrandonas

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

Oh my goodness, you had me cracking up over the baloney countertops! Sending good vibes on your flooring situation!


Thursday 11th of October 2018

Thank you Kristy! I need all the good vibes I can get seeing as it's week 2 of the ORC and I still don't have a resolution to the flooring issue. I'm just glad the ball is rolling with finally doing something to our kitchen :)


Monday 8th of October 2018


Excited to see what happens with those floors! Good luck!


Thursday 11th of October 2018

Libbie me too! It's all still up in the air but one way or another it's time for those suckers to go! :)