Slow and Steady - Kitchen Progress

I spent the day cleaning and organizing my kitchen so I thought it was an ideal time to get some "after" photos. Really though, these are just more progress... things will always be changing!

Before, everything was so grimy, and yellow.

During - My mom, mid cleaning and conversation. We went through a lot of comet! We had about a week of hardcore cleaning and I could not have done it without my mother! I learned much from her during this cleaning frenzy.

Progress! Painted, bottom doors waiting to go back on.Starting to come together.

And After! New lighting, *most* of the bottom doors installed. All our stuff in it. And CLEAN

Before, looking to the dining room. That hideous wallpaper!

 I made that wallpaper my bitch, and drank quite a bit of beer in the process.

 Ahhhhh, isn't that better? New ceiling fan, Kaid on the wall. That there is the cleanest stove you've ever seen! It's pretty amazing what you can clean with baking soda and vinegar! Still rocking the dusty rose counter tops. Barf. 

Microwave stand with my cute "Terrarium"  (totally fake, I kill everything) BFM and Beer sign by my mother. 
(No, you can't have my Red Bull fridge)

This one is a "during" we decided that the heavy stoneware plates were terrible for washing by hand, so we opted for lightweight and durable Corelle

New dishes and my dutch ovens (I got spoiled at Christmas let me tell you!) And yes, the peanut butter lives out there. There is just no point in even putting it "away" 
Ikea art cards. Keep Calm and Carry on butter dish from Homsense. 

I really like colorful things. Thus I am a fan of Rachel Ray accessories. Just got that kick ass orange bench scraper this Christmas and I'm quite excited about it! The cutting board with the rubber "feet" on it is from Home Sense and is one of the best things ever. Oh, BTW the Breville toaster oven is the bees knees. Use it all the time and it actually makes really good toast (we ditched our toaster to save space!) 

 I also have a fair collection of tools and cutting boards. Not that I am complaining :) the tray is from Superstore (!) The utensil holder is a flower pot from Jysk. The dual S&P grinder is also from superstore.The bowl was a gift from a friend, made by her mother.

Before - love those curtains... NOT. Some really classy switch plate covers too! I will say that we got really lucky that the windows in our house were new(er) They are big and bright and lovely!

During - New light from Rona, put some things away. Roller shade from Homedepot. I managed to keep the bottom shelves surprisingly tidy while the doors were waiting to be painted. It took me quite a while to get around to it.

After - Doors installed, new hardware. Cabinets re-arranged (yeah, I missed one bottom door, I'm totally aware!) New faucet, makes a huge difference too. The difference between the low faucet and the tall ones are invaluable. Just being able to fill the Brita pitcher alone makes it worthwhile! I've dedicated a whole shelf just to jars, I have been using them for all sorts of things lately. Cheap and handy.

More After - Crock in the corner holds used dish towels. We spray painted the not white easy wrap black and it's great! 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cake stands. (Homesense) I put my dish soap in a mason jar with a pump from an old bottle of hand soap. Put the hand soap (Doc Bronners) in a Thrive juice bottle with a foaming pump. It's so cute. I also reused a jar from Bath and Body works 3-wick candles to hold and dry the sink stopper/strainer. We keep a jar with soap water to toss utensils in throughout the day. Super handy!