Alright, so first here are the before pictures of our foreclosure! Believe it or not, the pictures make it look WAY BETTER than it actually looked in person. First off, the filth was unbelievable. I don't know how the insides of someone's cabinets and drawers could get so filthy. And the cheap flimsy doors and the unstable countertops can't be conveyed in pictures, but believe me it was bad.
So here you see a swinging door to the right. What you don't see is that it was completely rotted out all around it. We knew we would need a new door and with a table going in to open area I don't know why anyone would have a swinging door there. So we chose to remove that door and replace it with a sliding glass door. Here you will also see how the back sides of the cabinets above the counters had doors. Not a fan of that at all. Those were removed. The countertop was also about to be completely revamped as it was hanging there by a thread. :)
I do love my view of the backyard out of these windows. :)
Those photos show stage 1. They were literally the first photos we took. These next photos show stage 2 where work has begun. I will try to be as descriptive as possible as to what is happening in the photos.
Here you will see the water damage and pipes that needed to be repaired, as well as many drywall patches and plumbing work.
This photo shows the trim has been painted white as well as the cabinets. We also added beadboard to the ends of the cabinets to give them a more custom look.
In the photo below you can see how we leveled the countertop and used tiles. We were on a tight budget and because we could do the tile ourselves it saved us a great deal of $.
The next step was the floors. They had water damage and were that ugly light oak that I hate. As I said we did all of this work ourselves (my husband, dad, and brother). But we did hire to have the floors done by a professional. He was reasonably priced and was able to complete our entire downstairs in one week's time. We are glad we made that decisions. In this photo you can see the floors had been re-stained and we are just waiting to add the cabinet doors and the new doors around the downstairs.
Now we are all moved in! :) Here is what it currently looks like. Don't mind all of the Halloween décor.