Last week, we kicked off our new “Rehab Wednesday” home renovation series with the importance of paint and lighting. Today’s makeover takes this advice into account and shows off Kiley’s updated kitchen.
When you don’t have the money for a full kitchen renovation (which can be the most expensive update to your home) a little paint and new hardware can go a long way.
Originally, the kitchen had old white cabinets, plastic knobs, and an oven that didn’t work. (Every time she tried to turn it on the smoke alarm went off, so this was clearly a safety hazard.)
The other side of the kitchen had similar outdated white cabinetry and the same ugly beige laminate countertops.
The first step, before even moving in, was a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets. To compliment the new light grey walls, the bottom cabinets were painted a darker grey (Benjamin Moore Englewood Cliffs) and in contrast, the top cabinets got a fresh coat of Bright White.
All hardware was updated to be more modern and clean with simple brushed nickel knobs.
Eventually, when she was ready to invest a little more, the old wall oven and countertop stove was cut out and replaced with a single unit stainless steel stove/oven and mounted microwave (both Frigidaire). This also freed up space for the new fridge (LG), where the wall oven used to be.
The countertops were a DIY challenge. When you don’t have the money for new cabinets and granite countertops, there is an easy alternative: granite paint. Yes, Kiley loves paint, and when she discovered that you could paint on the granite look she ordered the kit and gave it a try. And while I made fun of her while she sponged on the 3 coats of paint, I have to admit … they’re pretty snazzy. And now six months later they are still holding up well.
Painted Countertops – Giani Granite in Sicilian Sand
Since counter space is still minimal in this condo kitchen, there aren’t too many options without doing a major overhaul. Not to mention the lack of wine storage… So, Kiley ordered a standing wine rack and painted it to match the bottom cabinets and then had a custom butcher block counter made to sit on top, with an extra extended piece to wrap around the other side of the wall. The addition gave valuable extra storage and a few feet of counter space which makes a huge difference when you cook like we do (and drink wine like we do).
Wine rack from Wayfair.com
And the best part: the total cost for extra counter space was under $100.
So with some paint, hardware, decor and creativity, this little condo kitchen became more functional and personalized.
Of course, every kitchen needs a few accessories. Check back next week for some decorating ideas…