The project outline: Kitchen face-lift to create a more open, attractive and functional kitchen space.
Tasks: Painting, countertop, backsplash, cabinets……….
I am really enjoying redoing the basement kitchen. I love designing, creating, working with my hands and it is a fun team activity. ( Paul and me) You would think that finding the energy for a project like this, would be hard. What with full days of work, blogging, social commitments, chores (umm, I do some chores, I think) and a zillion other tasks, it is next to impossible to stay on course. But you know, so far I love it. Despite it being physical in nature, I find remodeling and decorating relaxing.
I want this space to be one of those efficiency kitchens that also doubles as a bar and buffet area for parties. Clean, defined, welcoming
The budget for this project is very limited (under 350$) and we are doing a good job so far keeping it well under that.
I wanted to paint the cabinets to a shade of white. I used a spray paint shade called heirloom white. It has a nice antique white look. I was quite happy with the contrast and softness this shade of paint added to the cabinets. I couldn’t wait to see how these would look with my new countertop. I had my heart set on a butcher’s block but the real deal is far too expensive and I wanted to keep the entire cost for the countertop under $100.
I found the perfect one I was looking for at Ikea. PRAGEL laminate countertops that are moisture, stain and heat resistant. In Walnut finish for only $39 for a 49″ slab.
Yanking out the old countertop using a crowbar was such a fun and liberating activity. I was amazed at how easily I was able to remove the old countertop. After sawing and sizing the new PRAGEL, I wanted to see how they looked before doing anything more. So we placed the new countertops on the cabinets.
Guess what? It didn’t quite go with the cabinets. While I liked the softness and contrast the heirloom white added, together the look was just not happening for me. To complete the look that I have in mind, I decided to paint the entire cabinets in heirloom white. The electric stove in this kitchen is also white and the hood is creamish yellow (yuk!). I am researching how to paint the hood to match the stove.
When redesigning and remodeling, I tend to take time outs to look at the space and progress thus far. I think it helps me evaluate if I am going in the right direction. A lot of times, it all works beautifully on paper, but looks very different in reality. In one of those time-outs, something about the space was still bothering me. I felt it was not as airy and open with the wall cabinets. The room appeared to be dominated by them.
A few minutes of power drill action later I was really glad with the outcome. The room looked more open and welcoming sans wall cabinets. I plan to install floating shelves and some hanging organizers from Ikea like these.
The funnest part so far was creating the backsplash.
I found the perfect 2″ ceramic tiles at Home Depot for under 3$ a sq. ft. I highly recommend using the premixed mortar and grout. They make tiling more efficient and easy.
This is how the kitchen looks as of last night. What do you think?
- We ran out of the tiles to complete the border around the countertop. Item on Home Depot list.
- Grouting. We have to wait 24-36 hours before grouting.
- Painting entire cabinets
- Painting the wall
- Paint the hood
- Find hood vent cover. I am looking for something acrylic or stainless steel to cover the top portion of the hood
- Installing shelves and rods for organizing
- Find appropriate photograph to use as art in this space
- Install countertop ( we have placed them on the cabinets to help design the room, but it is one of the last things to install)
- Lighting. I need to find small accent lights to complete the makeover
Posts on Mochatini to be on the look out for:
Entire kitchen makeover costs and break down – along with techniques and tips.
How to plan highly economic upgrades to kitchens.
How to install tiles and you can’t believe how easy it is.
Creative organizing using Ikea rod/Shook combos around the house
And: Reader questions on kitchen makeovers.