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Hey guys!

We bought a fixer upper last year and have been in the process of renovating our home (on a budget), mid kitchen reno and I got pregnant with #readsbonusbaby number 5 so that put us a little behind schedule in a few areas. Now that baby Wells is sleeping 7-7 with a couple naps in between I finally feel like I can start to take on more projects and we can't wait to share them with you!

First up is our kitchen. It was a beautiful smokey blue with oak on oak on oak and that gorgeous yellow box light just set the whole thing into a firey orange tone that could make even the strongest stomach loose their lunch. Well, the kitchen had good bones, good light, and some serious potential without breaking the bank. We remodled our entire kitchen for under 2k! That includes paint, lights, shiplap, counters, sink, and faucet!

Kitchen Before/after

Like I said, we did this entire remodel for less than 2k! And other than the counters, we did it all ourselves!


Light Before/after

We pulled that yellowed old light box down and found the attic. Oh no! We decided to keep the access (just incase we needed it one day) and just frame it in. We removed the florecent lights and added can lights which was super easy because of the attic access. We tied the open box into the rest of the kitchen by adding shiplap. Then we finished it off with trim, spacling and paint.

Dining Room Before/after

We had the floors refinished a couple months ago after my sister searched the internet high and low to find the best company with the best prices. Her floors were in aweful condition and turned out so good! I knew there was hope for my floors after all! After floors were sanded we had them sealed with a clear water base so they would be true to their natural color and not turn orange like the original flooring with the oil base.

And here is the finished kitchen with drop down stainless sink. The previous sink was off white in color and so scratched up. I decided a white sink was beautiful but not practical so we went with stainless and never turned back. With five kids i'm all about practical

Family Room Before/after

The wood floors run from the kitchen and dining, down the stairs and into the family room. The famiily room floors were in really good condition but were so orange that we decided to have them refinished so they would match. I really can't believe what a difference refinishing makes! We also dirched the old gas firplace and installed my parents odl wood stove. Can't wait to cozy up by the fire this winter!

Stairs Before/after

After the floors and stairs were refinished the banister looked worse than ever before. We decided to go with a classic black and white. We used Ebony wood stain for the top and classic high gloss white (to match the baseboards) for the bottom. I love the pop of the banister agaist the classic light floors.

This was half way through the job. They sanded out all the scuffs and deep water damage. I loved the light color so much I just had them apply a clear water base stain to protect the wood and bring out the natural grain but keep it as close to it's natural color as possible.

Here are a few more before and after shots of some of the worst areas. The previous owners destroyed the wood with water damage. I'm so glad we found Nef to restore them!

And this is a photo of a huge gouge in the wood by the fridge. Now, good as new!

Here is a list of the supplies we used and the local companies we couldn't have done it without their amazing skills!

Paint- Clark and Kensington from Ace Hardware (primer and paint in 1) This is the best we found for both cupboards and walls. It's so think!

Top cupboards- Blanched Pine 7005-15

Bottom cupboards- City Storm 4008-2A

Wood floor refinish- Nef Harwood Floors

Banister top- Ebony minwax polycrylic clear satin

Banister bottom- Classic high gloss white

Shiplap- plywood from Homedepot. They have the cheapest and they cut for free. We did 8 inch cuts.

If you have ever thought about refinishing your hardwood or installing hardwood, Nef is offering The Salt Project readers 10% off all services through the end of Aug 2018. Just mention our name!

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