So, once again, back to Pinterest I went.
This time I inadvertently stumbled upon the following photo, and I became so smitten that I logged in everyday to stare at it and fantasize about how this look would work in our kitchen.
But rather than being stalled at the fantasizing part of my dream, we actually went to work and made this one happen.
We bought cabinets and countertops from Ikea, as well as various other discounted odds and ends that my nephew (an apprentice carpenter) used to custom build a bench (with drawers!) for us.
And we purchased some new tiles and a sink from our local Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Restore, which is my absolute new favourite place to shop.
In the end, it cost us approximately $4500 (the bulk of which was labour from my nephew and his girlfriend) to update our kitchen and main bathroom (including linen closet). And we couldn't be more pleased with the end result.
Pinterest success story: NAILED IT.
Yes, I copied the original Pinterest photo down to the detail of selecting (the dreaded) clear glass-front hanging cabinets. The pressure's on for us to keep them tidy.
I still need to mend the curtains that are hanging at the window, as well as find some way to sew a seat cushion and backing for the bench, but we're otherwise complete.
(Note: the cabinet on the far left is the 80's style pantry that we painted.)
So while our home is still an over-stuffed cesspool of clutter, it's at least now an over-stuffed cesspool of clutter with personality.
And, like everything else, it's still a work in progress. Thanks to Pinterest.
(As an aside, yes, that's my daughter in the photo above, and yes, she was up way past her bedtime working on her music composition homework. Why? Because we left it to the night before it was due, of course. Just keepin' it real, yo.)