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A Little Before & After Project // Cabinet Door Redo & DIY Backsplash Panel

Howdy folks!  I'm here to give a little break from all the demo posts about the house.  This is a little more in depth of the before and after of the kitchen - but it was a fun project and I'd love to share it.

Before:
Ugly beige 1950s era cabinets, stainless steel vent hood, and weird paneling:


We planned all along to move the whole stove situation since it was awkward and dangerous right there by the kitchen door.  Not to mention it ate up the floor space and flow of the kitchen.  So, once we removed the range hood, we were left with some awkwardly short cabinets and a large hole to the outside.  Not a good thing when it is -20 degrees Fahrenheit outdoors.  Snow drifts in your kitchen are not fun.
The next project we tackled was adding trim and painting the cabinets.  I found some pine lath at Menards for $7 a bundle, and used about a quarter of a bundle for the entire kitchen.  I like the clean lines and classic style of shaker doors, so that is what we went with.
 

I built a low shelf to fill the awkward space previously occupied by the stove.  I also added a thin cupboard for storing cookie sheets and baking pans.  The microwave also resides in the shelf - out of the way and out of sight. 

I try to do everything at least slightly classic in style so I don't have to constantly change it, but in the kitchen I went a little trendy with the dark grey on the bottom and white on the top combo.  And I adore it.  The backsplash is plain old white subway tiles with dark grey grout.  I think the dark grout helps transition from the dark bottom cabinets to the white uppers.


Since there was now so much rich reddish orangey brown natural pine trim, we wanted to pull more of that color in to the room, so I went with copper accents.  Plus, any excuse to buy miscellaneous copper pieces whenever you find them = awesome.

 The back of the new shelf was a bit of a problem.  Uneven drywall mixed with plywood would be impossible to patch or skim coat.  So, I turned to my trusty miter saw and cooked up this pine wood geometric patterned panel to fit right in there.


I made the backsplash using the same method as this table I made earlier.


The countertops stumped us a little.  In a dream world, of course I'd have marble or white quartz.  Heck, I could even settle for soapstone, but alas, our budget was approximately $0 for countertops.  (Well, to be completely honest, we didn't really have a set dollar amount for our budget, it was just "cheap or free".)
We were seriously considering Ikea butcher block, but I've seen some pretty bad reviews, cracks, etc. Plus, we live approximately 3 hours away from the closest Ikea and I wasn't' about to pay $200 for shipping. 
So, after weeks of plywood scrap for our countertops, the husband had a brilliant idea.  Barn wood.  We have so much extra barn wood (the perks of having a father-in-law who is a farmer who likes to save things!) and it is gorgeous, 100+ year old pine, exactly the same as our interior window and door trim.