Explore A Couple’s Porch Renovation—Just in Time for Fall
Explore a DIY porch renovation completed just in time for entertaining fall guests in cool southern weather.
As told by Kat
Oh goodness. When we moved in, there were two brass ceiling fans in the kitchen! Now imagine greenish-brown linoleum floors, yellowish cabinets, and brown-and-yellow-speckled Formica countertops. Combine all of those things with really bad lighting and you’ll have an idea of what our kitchen looked like.
I tried to make things look a little better several years ago, so I tried (keyword: tried) to install peel-and-stick flooring on top of the terrible linoleum. I ended up doing more damage, and the quarter-round molding that I tore off never would go back up, so we didn’t have any for a few years and it looked ridiculous.
I should also mention that I painted the entire kitchen a light brown to complement the brown and yellow kitchen tones. I still haven’t figured out if that did anything to improve the look of the kitchen or if I just made it worse. Regardless, we were in desperate need of a remodel, and we finally got around to it last fall.
We had our cabinets painted white, the hardwood floors from the foyer matched and carried into the kitchen and dining room area (where carpet had been since we moved in,) new appliances installed, and new countertops installed (Bye, formica!) After all of that was complete, we had a white subway tile backsplash installed, and I am obsessed!
I believe the whole renovation process took about two to three months.
After the peel-and-stick flooring fiasco, we decided to go ahead and hire the work out. We ended up not hiring a contractor, and instead shopped around ourselves. We went through Home Depot for the countertops, appliances, plumbing, and subway tile backsplash, and we were so pleased with the work!
We hired an incredible husband/wife painting team to repaint our cabinets, and found an awesome local flooring company to do the floors. We had a wonderful experience with each and every person and company we worked with! Our cabinets look like brand new white cabinets, it’s amazing! The [painting team] ended up spraying them instead of hand-rolling, and it really looks (and feels) like we installed new cabinets (for so much less!).
I’ve painted all of the walls of our home, and I’ve painted our kitchen six times. Only three colors, but two coats each!
The businesses and companies we worked with made it smooth and efficient. The only frustration was having to repaint the kitchen again, so make sure you test an area and really look at it under different lighting before you go painting the entire space! Also, always go a few shades lighter than you think you want.
Our pre-existing breakfast nook that I never used until the renovation. I never wanted to sit there before, because I would just look around me and then over at the kitchen and feel overwhelmed by all that needed to be done.
Now, the breakfast nook is my little happy place, and I love to sit there on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and look around at the kitchen that I dreamed of but never thought would happen. Josh and I also love having dinner there, and we typically have either Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald serenading us while we eat.
We ended up getting a solid surface countertop, and we absolutely love it! We couldn’t afford any type of stone, so I was actually looking at doing some sort of white Formica situation (I know, we were supposed to have said goodbye to Formica!)
Josh (a.k.a Mr. Stick-to-the-budget,) had even gone so far as to buy a countertop painting kit that was supposed to make our countertops have the look of stone. I was pretty stressed about it. We were out to dinner right before the reno started, and Josh said, “Katherine, I’ve been thinking, and I think we should go ahead and stretch the budget for some new countertops.” I had been having nightmares about badly-painted countertops, so this news was music to my ears!
We went straight to Home Depot, and a wonderful woman introduced us to Corian. It was honestly not much more than Formica, but the texture and feel of it make it feel much more expensive. We went with Arctic White, and it is honestly one of my favorite parts of the kitchen!
See more of Kat and Josh's home by exploring their fall-ready back porch renovation