No grass in this yard - easy to maintain, plus I am terribly allergic.
Here is a tip that will make your life easier - put a bench next to your front door. Your groceries now have a "home" while you are unlocking, or you have a seat for taking off shoes or boots, or putting them back on. Our little church pew also has a lift up lid, where the mail and newspaper go while we are on vacation ! Our bench left the front porch for a couple of days during the painting, and we REALLY missed it !
To recap the kitchen, here is what we had at the beginning.
We decided against new cupboards, as ours, though very old, are in excellent shape. We did not paint, though we will touch up an area or two in the next week. We added new hardware, which the before picture actually shows. We put in a laminate floor, new quartz counter top, a new deep stainless steel sink, and a glass tile back splash.
We had done all new electrical work in the house earlier in the year, and made the light over the sink finally functional.
Here are the after shots.
Pretty, huh. Maybe I will actually cook in here now.
We bought a laminate (called barnwood) from Lumber Liquidators, and are in the process of having it professionally installed by Rick Davies Construction. We chose to do it on the diagonal as the rooms are not very wide, and we felt it would give the appearance of being larger. The laminate is very similar to the hardwood floors in the rest of the house. Right now the refrigerator is only 5 or 6 steps from the tv, very convenient. The cost to do it on the diagonal was not substantial, maybe only $150 - $200 more, both for labor and materials.
Once the floor is complete we will have a new dishwasher, sink and countertops installed.