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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kitchen Reno Revisited

I have had so many emails asking about the mini-reno we did to our builder basic kitchen, so I thought I would show the pics again and give you a rundown on the costs.

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.)


 After painting the walls, I wanted to darken the color of the cabinets a bit, but I didn't want to have to strip them and refinish.  I knew that Brie wax was used to darken the color of furniture, so I bought the darkest shade I could find and used it on all the cabinets.  Immediately they looked 100 percent better and about 3 shades darker, plus they had some depth and personality.  So much better.  I have been asked about the wax a million times and I always tell everyone that has some grain in their cabinets, the grain will stand out much more with the wax, so try the inside of a door first to make sure that you like the results.  There is no going back once you start unless you really do want to strip and start all over or paint.  Next we added pulls to all the drawers and doors and undercounter lights. I work with just the undercounter lights most of the time, much softer than the overhead track lights.


I looked at several magazines to see how they installed their hardware and decided to center mine on the drawers and place the door pulls on the edge.  I used different sizes also to give the  look some continuity. This section has 6" on the drawers and 8" on the doors.


 These three drawers got the largest pulls and is the only place they are not centered.  These are 14" pulls.


 On the doors under the sink I put two 8" inch pulls at the top so I could hang some kitchen towels in a handy easy to reach place.


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.


 I wanted the island to have a larger overhang to allow more leg room for barstools.  Since the depth of the hang-over is 14", the installers suggested that I place some corbels under to help support the granite.  I found these wood ones online and they were screwed into the side studs of the base of the island, so they really do support the granite.  I painted them the same color as the island ( a soft camel color ) and then glazed them to show the carving details.


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.


Before


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.


Cost Breakdown

Paint $30
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.

76 comments:

  1. It's amazing how the granite on the island warmed up your kitchen. You have a really great layout in your kitchen Marty.

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  2. Marty, the change is remarkable especially considering the low costs involved. I'm pea green with island envy, thanks for sharing.

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  3. WOW, it looks beautiful. I love everything! Turned out great.

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  4. I agree, the granite really warmed up the kitchen. Gorgeous re-do! xo ~Liz

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  5. Your reno is fabulous! I could see why you were doing the happy dance Marty!

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  6. Your kitchen looks lovely. I wished mine were going to be easy to do. We have a knotty pine kitchen and next year we are going to redo it, but not sure how.

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  7. What a difference this made on so little moola!
    Made it back home yesterday and it was cold..but today it is sunny and 62 degrees!!!
    Miss ya Marty, wish we could see each other more often!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  8. What a great change for barely any money!!

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  9. Your island makeover has always been one of my faves, Marty! Fabulous choice of granite and, of course, you know I love your beautiful vignettes splashed around!

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  10. Marty, what a huge difference! Your kitchen is so beautiful! And the changes in the island just finished it all off! Gorgeous! You always do such a great job also with your decor. Very, very pretty!

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  11. I love the island AND all of your great counter and above cabinet decor!

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  12. WOW, Marty! Being newer to your blog I had never seen this before. What a lot of bang for the buck! It looks marvelous and has a richness to it that was lacking in the before pics. Wonderful job! xo Diana

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  13. Your kitchen is beautiful Marty.
    I too like the layout of it.

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  14. You've made it look so rich. I love that piece of granite.

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  15. Marty it looks to me like you invested your money well. Great improvement on your part, by adding the granite to make your bar area more serviceable for your family, xo Kathysue

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  16. Hi Marty, this is so amazing, it goes to show you don't need to spend a whole lot of money to get such a dramatic change. Gives me hope. Thanks for sharing this. Oh how I wish I could fit an island in my kitchen.

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  17. Marty, I've always loved your kitchen because it is so wrm and inviting. I really like the wall color, and I'm so happy to hear how you darkened the cabinets. I've never heard of Brie wax though. I'll have to search for it. My cabinets are way too light and I really would like to darken them without stripping also. Beautiful makeover!!!

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  18. I always love that island...you know I love your kitchen!!

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  19. They are subtle changes that make a HUGE overall improvement. It looks fantastic. You must love every minute you spend in there!

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  20. I love it! Very , very nice....your are right doing the island was the perfect touch! Thank you for sharing the reno again with newbies like me!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  21. A beautiful kitchen ! Love it ! Have a good day !

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  22. The granite on the island seems to fool the eye into thinking there is granite everywhere. How wonderful! I would love to be able to sit at my island.
    Katie

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  23. Thanks for showing us the details..I have been shopping granite for about 3 months now....This will be the finishing point to my kitchen remodel.
    I can not wait...
    Great kitchen you have there..

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  24. A great kitchen makeover and at such a great price! Good for you it looks amazing!

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  25. I loved your kitchen reno Marty! You did such a great job with it!

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  26. Your island makeover has the biggest Wow factor, Marty! What a great transformation! I just realized that my kitchen pulls are just like yours. I didn't really care for them at first, but they have grown on me. They ARE great for holding towels.

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  27. Marty, this is an amazing makeover!
    I love the new look of the island. Wow! granite! You did a great job!
    Pamela

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  28. What an amazing transformation to your kitchen. Look what less than $500 did for you. Great looking kitchen, wall color and cabinet wax make the room look warm. Love the granite, great gift from your daughter.

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  29. I still think it is FABULOUS!! :)

    I have a question for you regarding the wax. Our cabinets are a yellowish maple... and the laminate at the joints is lighter in color. As the cabinets have aged... the 2 colors are even further in distance... Would the wax work or make it worse?

    ~Liz

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  30. You are so sweet to walk us through the steps. And you are right I did not realize granite was not all over. That was a great gift.

    I really want to do my counter tops very badly.

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  31. Your gorgeous island is a show stopper in the kitchen! What a fantastic idea to use wax to darken your cabinets.

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  32. Marty I've always loved your kitchen. Your island transformation gave your kitchen such a custom look and what a great gift!

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  33. Marty, I have never seen this post...the before and after are just amazing...I love what you did..

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  34. Marty, what you did to the cabinets is amazing, I can't believe how much better they look and now I want to do the same to mine! The FREE granite is gorgeous, lucky you! I love your kitchen, thanks so much for all the details. XO, pinky

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  35. It just looks beautiful! You did a great job! It is just wonderful.Can not believe what a low cost change did for your kitchen.Thanks for sharing Joann Please come and re follow me, lost my blog this week. Had to start over .

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  36. Marty I love your kitchen, I never new about the wax. I always learn something new from you,(granite Gold) thank you for being a kind and sharing person.

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  37. Wonderful make-over Marty - I love the granite on the island...and what you did with the cabinets is stunning!!

    ♥ Jan

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  38. Marty,
    I am totally in love with your beautiful Kitchen. You are a girl after my own heart with the deep rich colors that you chose. The cabinets look wonderful as does the island!
    I too seldom have my big bright lights on in my Kitchen. I love my ambient lights that i have all over the Kitchen , giving it a softer glow!
    Great job!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  39. You may now take a bow, Marty before all of those people who say you have to spend thousands of dollars to make your kitchen look this fabulous.
    Laura

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  40. Marty dear, your new kitchen make over is just gorgeous! What a difference a few hundred dollars can make. Simply lovely!

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  41. What an amazing transformation! It looks like a different kitchen. Now it looks rich and inviting Marty. You did a fabulous job of making it come to life. I'm sure you really enjoy making your coffee every morning in such an inspired place!

    Big hugs, Sherry

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  42. Hi Marty,
    I enjoyed viewing this post so much. You have a lovely kitchen. We had our kitchen partially redone. We chose maple cabnets, so was very glad to see yours and nice to learn about using wax on them for a change if wanted.
    Thank you for hosting this party.
    Nancy

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  43. Wow! Can't believe you did that makeover for that amount! Looks marvelous! Love the granite.
    Come check out my giveaway!
    Have a wonderful day.
    Tammy

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  44. I am jealous about your island it is great! The darker cabinets made a huge difference. I would of never thought of doing that so what an excellent idea. I am sure you are enjoying your kitchen!

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  45. Hey Marty, I just wanted you to know I posted about your party and have my post ready to add to your linky:) I had to do it early because I have my own partay's going on next week. I could not miss yours though:)! Have a good day.

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  46. Lovely changes Marty!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  47. Hi Marty, I love how the island turned out, giving the whole kitchen a warmer feeling!

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  48. I love your kitchen redo!
    Elizabeth

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  49. From drab to high end gorgeous!
    The hardware and granite made a huge difference. Great job as always!

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  50. Marty,
    Your kitchen looks wonderful. I would love to have a middle Island like that. Hope you have a great day! Pat

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  51. I love your redo! The granite & the stainless sink look so smashing. I'm on a search for some of that Briwax to use on my old oak kitchen table, then I'll consider if I want to try it on my oak cabinets. Thanks for all the great info you share, Marty!
    CAS

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  52. That was a good idea to just redo your counter top on your island. That makes it more of a focal point. Everything looks wonderful. I think any improvements made to a kitchen are well worth the money spent!

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  53. Your kitchen is beautiful! How blessed to have a thoughtful daughter- the countertop on your island is gorgeous. I'm curious about the wax on your cabinets- does it hold up well, or do you need to reapply periodically? (new follower!)

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  54. I love how you remodeled your kitchen. Everything looks beautiful!
    Hope you come by to visit, it will be my first linky party.



    Love, Jody

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  55. THAT STONE MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE AND THE CORBELS ARE THE PERFECT ACCENT. GREAT JOB!!

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  56. Wow, what a difference! I love the granite and the corbels, etc. on the island. You did a wonderful job with adding the hardware to the cabinets. They painted all my cabinets ~ kitchen & bathrooms ~ recently, however, no hardware. I'm thinking I'll just do it myself.

    Pat

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  58. Marty, I enjoyed your kitchen remodel. I really want to completely redo mine, but it isn't in the budget this year...so far. Maybe a bundle of money will drop from the sky. :)
    I love your island with the granite and corbels. I've been trying to think about painting mine and redoing the top. I'm saving your ideas for future reference. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  59. Hi Marty, You are such an inspiration! This shows you don't have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful kitchen. Thanx for joining my party this week.
    xo, Sherry

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  60. Wow, what a lovely kitchen. I love the 'New/Old' cabinets..great color choice and the granite is tops...a very beautiful space.

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  61. What a great reno, Marty. Yes, the smallest of details can make the biggest difference. The granite works perfectly and the handles are awesome.

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  62. Your kitchen is my favorite room. It's so pulled together but still has so much character, too. Amazing!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  63. Marty! Gorgeous! So inspirational..I'm a little embarrassed and humbled by your beautiful kitchen, as my post is the same topic this week. Sunny109

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  64. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G transformation...just gorgeous!
    ~Des

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  65. you must just love it!! beautiful!

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  66. Your kitchen reno is fabulous, Marty. It looks more custom built...Christine

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  67. Marty, your kitchen looks wonderful and on such a great budget! I love it!
    Debbie

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  68. Hi Marty! I love seeing your pretty kitchen and what a smart idea to add the granite to the island!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  69. What a fantastic kitchen. It looks super functional without looking industrial or sterile. So nice to cook in there. :)

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  70. What a change! It's fantastic! I love it.

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  71. Marty,
    Ah~h~h!!! This is lovely...amazing the minor changes that made such a HUGE impact!!!Thanks for sharing your gorgeous kitchen with us!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  72. The island is a great additon to your re-done kitchen.

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  73. Hello! I'm also thinking about using Briwax on my oak kitchen cabinets. Can you tell me which color you used on your fabulous kitchen cabinets? Also how did you clean the cabinets before applying the wax? Since I noticed that you renovated your kitchen last year, how does the wax on the cabinets hold up?

    I hope this post is over a year ago, but I hope you or someone with similar experience will see my question. Thanks!

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  74. Hello! I'm also thinking about using Briwax on my oak kitchen cabinets. Can you tell me which color you used on your fabulous kitchen cabinets? Also how did you clean the cabinets before applying the wax? Since I noticed that you renovated your kitchen last year, how does the wax on the cabinets hold up?

    I hope this post is over a year ago, but I hope you or someone with similar experience will see my question. Thanks!

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  75. FANtastic! What a great transformation (and what a sweet daughter you have too!)
    Looks awesome, Marty. The corbels are so pretty too --- it's all in the details!

    xox
    A

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