Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kitchen Makeover!

A few months ago, I posted here about our renovations to our basement, and I am happy to report that we recently finished most of our kitchen updates as well!  Fixing up an old house is a LOT of work, and it goes much slower with two toddlers running around.  We moved into our house about a year ago, and we have finally finished almost everything except for our bathroom, hallway, and some trim painting in Sophie's room.  It is so rewarding to see how awesome things look when you complete a project, but as Ryan put it, if we had more money to put into things, we would MUCH rather just pay someone to do it all. 

The most recent improvements we made to our kitchen were to replace the counter top and sink and tile the backsplash.  Tiling was actually fun and pretty fast.  Replacing the counter top took a solid week of Ryan working all day long (not including evenings since I was working or we would just take a break).  Turns out that popping out the old counter top and putting the new one in isn't as simple as it sounds.  We had some termite damage behind our old backsplash cover, so Ryan had to replace the dry wall there.  Also, it turns out that a lot of walls don't make perfect 90 degree angles at junctions, so we had to sand down the corner of the counter top to fit the wall.  Getting the sink in took some time too, and we had some issues with leaking and improper pipe drainage when we put the new one in.  I was SO ready to have my kitchen back since we had gone a week with nowhere to cook or wash dishes (no dishwasher or sink available to use).  We tried to use paper plates and such, but we couldn't avoid dishes altogether, so I had to wash them in our bathroom sink and lay them out to dry on towels on the floor.  It was so chaotic trying to keep the girls out of the kitchen too.  ANYWAY, with no further ado, here it is, the new Lungwitz kitchen:

the original kitchen minus the carpeted floor

It's horrible.  But there is a sweet baby in the picture!

post-painting; pre-countertop, dishwasher, backsplash, and curtains

old countertop and sink
Finished product!

We plan to build a little cabinet in this small space between stove and cabinets. (For cookie sheets and longer baking items)

up close--the counter is a speckled and textured mostly black color.  It is supposed to look like sandstone, but the picture doesn't convey it well.


  1. LOVE IT!!! You guys did great and I can't wait to see it in person!!! Sorry I have been so MIA lately. I have missed catching up with you. Selling and buying a house at the same time is just a whole other beast than just buying one. I'm not sure if I ever want to do it again. Anyway, I definitely know the struggle of fixing up an old house, but you guys are doing great!!! Oh, and Isaac and I are in agreement that we will try to pay people this time around (especially since we hope to have kiddos in the picture). Actually, we are just trying to buy a house that doesn't need as much fixing up.

  2. WOW! Amazing difference! I LOVE the glass tile inset. Really dresses it up, and updates it, too! Impressive accomplishment!

  3. Y'all are studs! It looks amazing!!