Monday, March 2, 2009

New Kitchen

OK, not really. But we're on our way to a new(er) looking kitchen. Since we won't be in this house more than another 2 yrs (not the 5-7 we'd planned on), we decided to forgo the bigger re-do and just give it an affordable face-lift. Inspired a bit by this reader redesign at TYH, we set out do make over our kitchen for under $1k.
Here's the before:

In the immediate months after we got the house, we stripped the lovely flowered wallpaper and painted, removed the pretty useful table for 2 people who don't use plates, got a light that wasn't too dated and room DARKENING, and removed those weird wooden corner thingies. We've also swapped out the ornate tarnished-brass colored handles for sleeker chrome ones.
(handle sidebar - These are NOT my favorite, but we have 3" holes, and I was not about the drill new ones and refill the old ones, narrowing our selection of affordable pulls at Lowes & Home Depot down to 2...this color and the same model in brass)

A couple of weekends ago, we embarked on the countertops and progress pictures below :) After we finish the backsplash this weekend (i hope), we'll have a "final" product".

Princess Charming working on unscrewing the sink so we could remove the larger piece of faux-wood-not-even-the-same-color-as-the-sorta-ugly-cabinets-edge seamed-laminate countertop. Bailey, lovely little guy, is helping. You can see the first piece of new countertop hanging out of the left of the stove (not installed yet).

The beginnings of the floor installation. The beauty of going with "luxury vinyl" tiles instead of real tile? Start to finish was under 6 hours, in part because it could go right over the yellow speckled linoleum. (We would have done tile, but our stove doesn't have enough clearance and isn't old enough to warrant replacing!)

So far so good on the budget for those who are interested. We spent $100 on countertops, $125 on flooring/materials, $140 on backsplash/materials, and $95 on the faucet & piping. I think the handles and paint came to about $200 (it was months ago). We're probably going to build a little island, and our total should hit about $900. But, for full disclosure, we're buying a fridge too (the almond 1980ish model is on its last legs, not to mention an eyesore), but we decided this is OK since we'll take it most likely with us when we move.


  1. looks great. I can't wait to see the final product!

  2. The tiles look really authentic, i had to read twice, a really lovely job in the kitchen overall it's an incredible transformation. I'm based in England and am currently researching for my kitchen redesign. I've just signed the contract for a hand crafted kitchen so am on the look out for some unique or contemporary design features. I have a young family at the moment and we're extending the house to make room for our third child and lucky me i get a new kitchen too.

  3. Great pictures of new kitchen!! Kitchen floor is looking gorgeous!!

  4. how did everything turn out? i am just in the middle of a massive overhaul in my home, i have been trawlling for some ideas and looking for hope when everything around me is plasterboard! trying to create a bespoke kitchen is difficult but living in the mess now is worse!