After most of the painting was finished in the rest of the house we turned our attention to the kitchen. For the most part the kitchen was in decent shape; it just needed some serious updating. Abbie started to peel up the 1' x 1' self-sticky floor tiles with a heat gun and wallpaper blade. The floor seemed a little more formidable than we previously had thought, but Abbie stuck to her guns and managed to remove everything. The Pergo flooring was the first project for the kitchen, which our friend Pat and I hammered out in one weekend. Next were the cabinets, which I was originally going to replace with new ones, but decided to revive the old one. The original cabinets were homemade maple one, which had seen their fair share of abuse. Dogs had chewed three of the base cabinet doors to the point of uselessness and water damage from the sink overflowing has caused damage to some of the door supports. We set out on a plan in order to save the cabinets and decided to go for a more contemporary look with black stain on the doors and a varnish finish for the base. The old hardware was replaced with sleek brushed nickel hardware and the counter will be topped with beige marble tile. The old splash guard was replaced with a new vintage tin ceiling material that was also finished in a brushed nickel look.