My kitchen has probably been the one room I have posted about the most, and it is definitely the place where I spend most of my time. I love it, however, not so much when we moved in. Today I want to show you how a little Mini-Remodel totally changed a plain builder basic into a kitchen I really enjoy. If you are new here this has a few tips you might use.
First let's take a look at the after and get a view of the entire space. Our kitchen is truly the center of our home.
It joins the family/breakfast rooms and open to the living/dining area through the large opening, plus the opening to the bedroom hallway in the back. So as you can see, it really is literally the center of our home.
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 counter tops were a beige leather textured formica. Put all that together with white appliances, sink and faucet and this was a really bland kitchen with zero personality. The minute the boxes were unpacked, I bought a gallon of Ralph Lauren Soul Chocolate and painted the kitchen walls. I wasn't blogging then so I don't have a picture of the white walls. This at least toned it down some so you weren't blinded 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 remodel was mainly confined to the island since it was the center of attention. (Remember how bad this looked with all the white, and that counter, sink and faucet couldn't be any uglier.)
We replaced the really cheap white shallow sink with a wonderful deep heavy stainless one that we had under mounted.
I 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 heavy 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 to be a blessing for someone else.
Now I love my kitchen and it doesn't look builder basic bland to me anymore.
This is also the place that I play the most, changing vignettes constantly.
This side and even the top of the fridge is part of my playground.
After. It really doesn't look like the same kitchen does it? ( I thought about repainting recently, but after testing several different colors on poster board, I really think the chocolate is best.) I still want to change out those huge track lights for canned lights, but that is not at the top of my list yet.
Cost Breakdown of the remodel
Paint - Ralph Lauren Soul Chocolate $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 actually done this whole thing for a little over $400)
Since the granite was a gift, this was a really inexpensive remodel, Fabulous gift that made all the difference in my kitchen.