Here is where we started. Looking back, the wood cabinets were not bad and knowing we would be gutting this room, probably should have just left them…but that's just not what I do!
We cut the corner part off and was left with a raw edge that needed to be covered. We also removed the lower shelf to house our tv. Because you could loose a small child in the 3" thick nasty and very old carpet, we removed that and replaced it with (very cheap and even nastier) carpet.
Because this room, like the kitchen was going to be gutted at some point, I wanted to spend little to no money. Luckily I had just enough left over travertine tile from a shower in our last house to cover this countertop.
This isn't the tile I would choose for this house or what I would have purchased but hey, it was FREE!
I had a handful of 12" x 12" tiles and 6" x 6" tile. I played with a pattern until I figured out how to make them fit with very little cuts. Then ripped down 12" tiles for the drip edge. I also had enough grout (well, 2 bags of different colors I mixed together…see, I am CHEAP!)
I then added molding to the back to cover the seam. Something I would not do in a kitchen but it was a quick and easy solution for this project.
Even did a fancy little design with the bit of marble marble I had left!
I really have a love/hate relationship with this room! I hate the ugly paneled walls, the old inefficient window, the cheap carpet, the scratched up leather couch. But I love the fact that this is where we watch movies, kids laugh and friends hang. So even when I redo this room, it will definitely have to be "kid friendly".