Boost My Roost Kitchen Remodel Contest

Nicole over at Making it Lovely is hosting a $20,000 Home Makeover contest.

Boost Your Roost

Fingers crossed!!

Here’s my submission:

Our kitchen will be celebrating
her 89th birthday this year. She is definitely showing her age. Our
home is a 1923 California bungalow that we love but previous owners have given
the kitchen really bad renovations (she
looks like Joan Rivers.) We have been fantasizing of our dream kitchen
since we moved in 6 years ago. My husband and I would remodel the kitchen
ourselves BUT…we have plumbing that’s a Lindsay Lohan hot mess! Our galvanized pipes need
replacing and that would eat the majority of our remodel budget. Then 2 years
ago, we brought Olivia home. Now we have an active, amazing toddler, we are so busy with her, starting a DIY project
seems close to impossible.
Our cabinets are original and
unfortunately not very practical for 2012. They have been (poorly) repainted
several times so now we are stuck with a horrible mustard yellow. My friend asked
if the hair ties we have holding our doors closed was baby proofing. No, the
doors just won’t stay closed on their own, old cabinetry! When my husband and I
cook, it’s a nightmare. We have no counter space to prep, and with our poor
plumbing, let’s just say we eat out a lot. I fall asleep with visions of crisp
white cabinets, glass front doors, penny tile backsplash and a dishwasher in my
head (who doesn’t have a dishwasher? ME! That’s who). I envision butcher-block
countertops, new knobs and drawer pulls. I have had my eye on a light fixture
at Pottery Barn for years. I love the classic traditional style kitchen
(similar to Nicole’s kitchen). I would love to have a kitchen I could cook in
everyday. I added that I want to cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family to my LifeList. I really hope I can do it this year with a brand new FUNctional kitchen!


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Our kitchen 

We literally have tape on our hardwood floors 

My hubby surprised us by painting our pantry door with chalkboard paint 

I keep a photo and wishlist of my dream kitchen as inspiration while I wash dishes!


Our awesome family, Anthony, Elizabeth & Olivia
In the strange event we aren’t chosen, Antz and I are saving our pennies for a $6,000 mini makeover next Spring. I can’t afford new cabinets, but I am going to somehow squeeze a new dishwasher in our existing cabinets. However it turns out, I’ll just be happy to have working plumbing. This is my ideal remodel:

In love...HGTV Magazine. This is the inspiration for our remodel


I found this lovely kitchen in HGTV magazine. I am in love with that apron sink and island with tons of room for food prep. It’s pretty much the same layout as our kitchen. They even have the same numbered containers from Target as me! I’ve been putting together my Pinterest Kitchen Remodel board and it feels impossible to stay on budget. We’re going to paint the cabinets, put in subway tile backsplash, new butcher-block countertops, paint the walls a neutral tone, new knobs and drawer pulls, have the floors professionally refinished and buy a new dining table and chairs. A new kitchen would be heaven. Then I can cook Thanksgiving dinner!

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