The Pea and I in our kitchen, 11 years ago
Since moving in to our home, we've made quite a few changes to our kitchen -- replaced the ceiling lights, replaced the stove, repainted the walls. But the mainstay of our kitchen, the thing that gives our kitchen its look and feel -- the white cabinets -- have remained.
The cabinets came with the house, so we have no idea how old they actually are, but after seeing them deteriorate year after year, it was time for a change. Some of the cabinet doors were falling off their hinges, and some had paint peeling and flaking off from water damage. Simply changing the doors and drawer fronts was not enough, because we wanted to change the color of the cabinets from white to cream. Since we were happy with the general layout, we decided on cabinet refacing instead of outright replacement. This was too big a job to do on our own, so we found a contractor who seemed well established and charged reasonable rates. We picked out our cabinet and drawer colors and styles, chose some hardware, and began the Refacing Phase.
They had a lot of fun, and got the satisfaction of helping out with a major home project.
We were originally quoted one week for the whole project, but it ended up taking four -- but in the end, we got the results we wanted, and we couldn't be happier.
Here are some before and after photos to give you an idea of how things have changed: