This was the original from 10 years ago...lots of wallpaper and smoke/water damage. We removed the overhead cabinets over the peninsula and refreshed everything the best we could at the time, but we were overwhelmed with the rest of the house we really did the bare minimum to the kitchen as the stove top was in need of replacing at a whopping $3600 to use the existing counter tops or go smaller and replace for about the same if we went laminate. We just made it work for the last 10 years.
I updated the painted backsplash/ copper (behind the stovetop) with a more modern tile like smart tiles. They were semi easy to work with and cost wise cheaper than real tile as not grout and less labor intensive. I did the whole thing in an afternoon. John being the all around fix it that I need him to be updated the stained outlet plugs for me. Cheap labor is the best.
We painted all of the shelving and insides white. John added a few shelves in the lower corner cabinets as we took out the lazy susan 10 years ago and were just using plastic shelving.
I added some pull out baskets to be able to see the stuff in the deep pantry and for plastic container storage.
And to help get the "stuff" off my counter tops I redid this island my aunt had into a side board/ bar. It's my wake up and evening drink stop all in one. Coffee pods and bar supplies are in the pull out drawer.
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