Wednesday, September 2, 2009

kitchen makeover, 98%

Remember that kitchen makeover we started over the winter?

To refresh your memory, here's the kitchen from when we moved in:
Last summer, we painted and changed the drawer and cabinet pulls...

But the yellow floor and "wood" countertop remained, plus the lovely laminate, grease stained backsplash, and a tipsy faucet.

Our goal was to give it a facelift for under a thousand dollars. Its been mostly done for a while, but the details were slow to be finished, since right after we finished the floor, counters and backsplash the chaos of the spring rugby seasons began.

What do you think?

What all was changed:
  • Gone are the "wood" countertops with sharp, peeling edges. In are the new cut-to-fitIkea Countertops with a rounded edge.
  • Gone are the semi-gothic handles! In are sleek chrome ones!
  • Gone is the faucet that was falling into the sink. In is the faucet with a functional sprayer.
  • Gone (well, tiled over) is the vintage yellow pebble lineoum. In is the "luxury" groutable vinyl tile (photos of this job here)
  • Gone is the white-ish plastic backsplash. In is the tile. (This created a detail of time, as I then had to do outlet surgery to pull them flush, as the tile is much thicker than the plastic was!)
  • Gone is the wallpaper. In is the new buttery yellow paint. We also painted the (unfortunate) ceiling tiles Craft White to help brighten the room (and cover the effects of age).
  • Gone is the brown, not centered, room darking light. In is a normal light!

All in all, I believe we spent about $750 in supplies, well under budget. We also bought the little white cart to replace the table-for-not-really-two and an energy efficient and not hideous almond fridge (about $1100 total), but these items will come with us when we move, so I think of them seperately :)

Remaining details:
  • Buy a paper towel holder. I have no idea how we don't have one!
  • Hang blinds, purchased about 4 months ago :)


  1. Looks Great! The lighter color definitely brightens the whole area!

  2. VERY nice! Love the floors, love the backsplash, and love the wall color. It all really updated and brightened the kitchen and it looks great!

    Question for you: how do you like the vinyl tile? Is it durable? Is it easy to keep the grout clean? We are hoping to redo our kitchen floor late this year and are trying to decide if we want to do ceramic or vinyl tile.

  3. The tile seems pretty sturdy. It certainly isn't going to chip! We went with a tan grout and haven't had any cleaning issues. I don't think you can tell its vinyl by looking at it, but obviously you can barefoot.

    The biggest reason we chose the vinyl was we didn't want to put down a new subfloor. Another issue is our stove didn't have enough clearance for ceramic (it has a top second oven with a cabinet above, so there's no opportunity to lift it).

  4. Much, much better!

  5. love it!!! And great job with the budget - huge difference for $750. Love the color choice.