The kitchen had good bones and nice maple cabinets, but that was all. The walls were painted white as you can see in the sliver of wall on the right, the cabinets were a blonde color and very flat looking and the countertops were a beige leather textured light beige color. Put all that together with white appliances, sink and faucet and this was a really bland kitchen with zero personality. In this pic you can see that I had already painted the walls a chocolate brown (Soul Chocolate by Ralph Lauren). This at least toned down some of the white so you weren't blinded you as you walked in since there is a ton of light from all those huge track lights. (Sorry, this pic was taken at night and with a flash, so really bad.)
The major remodel was confined to the island. Since it seemed to be the center of attention in the kitchen, it needed the most help and was the most bland of all. See how all that white just blinds you and that counter, kitchen sink and faucet are so ugly.
My daughter had all of her counters changed to granite and surprised me with a remnant piece that her installers had. It was just large enough to have fitted to the island. Talk about a happy dance, I was so thrilled. This is a pic taken as the installers were finishing up the installation.
We replaced the really cheap white shallow sink with a wonderful deep heavy stainless one.
I also found the faucet, soap dispenser and sink all on line at really fabulous prices. While we were at it we decided to replace the garbage disposer with a new heady duty one. We took the old counter off with the sink, faucet and garbage disposer all in tact and it was given to Habitat. When the driver came to pick it up he said he wanted it desperately, he was redoing a house and this would be perfect for the island he was building. So, it worked out perfect.
This is a picture taken after the kitchen was all cleaned up.
After. Since the island is the center of attention and the granite just draws your eye there, the kitchen has a really updated look and most people don't notice that we don't have granite on all the counters.
Corbels - Osborne Wood Products ( on line ) $29.99 ea.
Cabinet Hardware - Contempo Living ( on line ) $103.60
Stainless Sink - Contempo Living ( on line ) $130
(18 guage brushed finish, thick undercoated and rubber pad added for noise control)
Faucet - Overstock.com $89.99
Garbage Disposer - PlumberSurplus.com $159.99
(We decided to upgrade the tiny builder one to a Waste King 8000 1 horsepower)
Total $573.56 (Replacing the garbage disposal wasn't necessary, so we could have acturally done this whole thing for a little over $400)
Since the granite was a gift, this was a really inexpensive remodel, Fabulous gift.
There are all kinds of granite yards that have remnant pieces at really reduced prices, so just doing an island can make such a huge difference and not break the bank. Plus if you shop online you can find some really great prices for sinks and faucets. We did this reno 5 yrs. ago and everything still looks brand new and I am so pleased with it all.