Yes, it took a long time! That's OK, though, because now I'm glad for all the time consuming things we decided to do. Since it has been such a long time since I have posted anything about this, I'm going to show the pictures in groupings: before. during, and after. Most of the work was done by my wonderful husband. I may share how he did some of the projects, and some of them I may have to share in another post.
This is a "before a before" picture if you know what I mean. It was taken several years ago. While it doesn't look too bad, I must explain that it was taken before a Christmas get together and I put a table cloth on the island because it was too bad to show. We remodeled the island a couple of years ago. You can see before and after here.
As you can tell in the picture below, one of the main eyesores we wanted to try to change in the kitchen was the doors on the cabinets.
The cabinet doors had started to discolor; turn yellow. Yes, while they were nearly 20 years old, they were also supposed to not ever chip, crack, peel, or turn colors........they did! They got to looking so bad, that a few years ago I even took the doors off and had open shelving.
Here is another before picture and another problem that needed attention. UGLY STAINS on the white Formica counter tops that wouldn't come out. I will say, though, that for many years all I had to do was just bleach them and stains would come out? I guess, like everything else, they just got tired! Here are some more befores: