I've dreamed about creating a space from start to finish. It's one thing to style a space and it's an entirely different thing to choose the materials that will go in to creating a room. I had the opportunity to put my skills to the test by doing a full kitchen remodel on a budget. It is crazy how much a space can transform with hard work and a vision.
I knew right away that I wanted to open things up, bring in light and some warmth.
Below are a few before and after pictures of our project. You should know the before pictures are gross! The pictures don't really do it justice. It really was nastier than it looks. Trust me!!
Here is what we did:
- Created space by knocking out the upper cabinets on the right side. I then expanded the counter top so that it could become a place where you could add some bar stools, eat, and hang out.
- Kept the original 1960's cabinets, sanded them down to bare wood and stained them a rich dark color (Ebony) which created warmth.
- Kept the original hardware which I deep cleaned and spray painted a dark chocolate brown.
- Removed the mini-blinds and gave the window a good clean both inside and out.
- New granite counter tops gave the space an instant upgrade.
- New travertine back splash really took everything to the next level. It brought in some sophistication and made things look clean and crisp.
- Removed the wall paper and painted Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. This shade is a good neutral that looks beige/grey. It also helped open up the space. I feel like it tied the kitchen together.
- Added new appliances - patched the hole you see on the far left wall which was where the microwave was (weird), removed the dishwasher to create space for a trash can or a wine fridge, purchased a range with an oven, and put in a new deep sink with a new faucet.
- Lastly, we added a new light fixture which gives off much more light.
Anyone working on cool projects this summer? Tell me about them!