A little preface … lately I have been feeling sort of all “Oh, woe is me!” about my house. We bought our house over five years ago. I guess in the back of my mind I thought we would be moving on to bigger and better things by now. Don’t get me wrong. I am incredibly grateful to be a home owner. I love the fact that we can do whatever we want to this house and that we are not making someone else richer by paying their mortgage for them. Yet, in the back of my mind, I always figured we would be living somewhere else by now.

Kitchen Remodel - Before

My house is not small – but two kids and a dog later – we are slowly but surely outgrowing our house. The other issue is it is a manufactured home. That is not bad in and of itself, but they do tend to depreciate in value. And with the housing market being in the toilet, I have a feeling we are going to be here MUCH longer than we first anticipated.

Instead, I am trying to adopt a much happier, healthier attitude about the whole thing. I might as well love where I am living right now at this moment, right? So, I am going to start making some home improvements. Let’s start with the kitchen!

Here is the kitchen in all it’s glory right now. I did not really even pick up. I want you all to see it how it normally looks. (Even the kitty trying to climb the cabinet is a daily occurrence around here.)

Kitchen before_2 Feb 23

Here are a few more views of how our kitchen looks now:

Kitchen before Feb 23

Kitchen sink area Feb 23

Kitchen table area Feb 23

Okay, and here is the hideous “wallpaper” (and I use that term lightly) that I have been staring at for five years. I know, I know – why the heck didn’t we fix this before, right?

Wallpaper kitchen Feb 23

This is one of the few rooms in our house that was never taped and textured. I think the texturing is beyond my ability, but the taping I can handle. For those of you who have never been in a manufactured home, they usually have these pre-wallpapered/patterned panels that are used in place of regular drywall. Then the seams are covered with small flat strips of painted wood. So far we have managed to pull all those down to be left with this:

Kitchen seam Feb 23

and unfinished corners:

Corner wall kitchen Feb 23

Basically, we have to cover the ugly seams up with joint tape and joint compound to make them smooth before we can prime and paint.

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