Now that it’s fall and the weather will be cooling off, I wanted to show you my kitchen makeover plans. I have been planning how I am going to begin making over my 1970’s era kitchen on a small budget. I have been gathering inspiration on Pinterest and supplies and am now ready to begin next week.
If you are new to my blog, then you may not know that the money we planned to use when we first moved into the house to gut the kitchen and install a brand new one… went to buy a boat. We do live right on the water’s edge and so it was a no brainer decision, plus I knew I could get the look I wanted for the kitchen using my DIY skills. I, however do not have boat building skills :-)
The kitchen has a nice layout and everything works. I am very happy with it, except the fact that it is all very brown. I have already painted the ceiling fans white, but that is all so far.
Here is my inspiration…
…a white and bright kitchen.
How am I going to get this look for my kitchen on a budget?
Let’s dissect this pretty kitchen a little, shall we? Breaking down the details allows me to see what I can DIY myself.
Here is one side of the kitchen and what I plan to do to get:
- White cabinets – I can paint my stained brown cabinets. I have done it twice before in previous homes and will be using these products again: Glidden Gripper and Sherwin Williams Pro Classic in semi-gloss. To create the glass door look, I simply am going to remove a few cabinet doors, paint the insides of those cabinets to create an open shelf look.
- Carrara marble counters – Fake the look with a countertop painting kit from Giani in the color White Diamond.
- White subway tile backsplash – Brand new glass tiles from Aspect that are peel and stick will make it fairly easy. No grout needed.
- Chrome pulls and glass knobs – D. Lawless Hardware has quite a array of affordable classics. I need pulls, knobs, and hinges.
- Gooseneck faucet – I had this Delta Touch 2 O Cassidy faucet in my previous house and miss it.
- White sink – I would really love a white apron front sink, but we would have to change the arrangement of the cabinets and dishwasher. A plain white drop in sink will have to do. This makeover is not about ripping things out, but just doing a cosmetic makeover. I found this one at Lowes. It is acrylic. Does anyone have any one? Do you like it?
- Glossy white appliance finish – The double oven on the wall has a flat primer on it. I think the previous owner had it done to cover up the original avocado green color. I will use high heat glossy white paint to finish the job.
- Dark wood floors – Right now the wood floor in the living room and kitchen is not stained, but has an orange-toned varnish. We eventually will have these redone so they resemble the color in the photo.
- Big windows with no coverings – I have two sliding glass doors and a window. I do need to have coverings for sun control, but I did make them white so the blend in with the wall color. You can read about how I covered the window, here and what I did for the sliding glass doors I will be showing you later this week.
- Giani Countertop Paint | 2. High heat paint | 3. Bar Pulls & Glass knobs | 4. White Hinges | 5. Delta Touch 2 O Faucet | 6. White Sink | 7. Aspect Glass Tiles in Frost White | 8. Primer: Glidden Gripper | 9. Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Paint – self leveling | 10. French Bistro Comfort Mat
In my inspiration photo there is a banquette. I loved the one in my previous house and could create one in the dining area of the kitchen. I like the round table and chairs I have now. If I create an L-shaped banquette, I could use the table that used to be in the dining room of my previous house. Maybe a project to take on next year.
UPDATE: The Kitchen is Finished. See the finished kitchen in this post with Before & After Photos