Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kitchen redo - from country ick to modern chic

Over at Apartment Therapy, a reader has written in to ask for help with ideas on redoing a horrible oak/country kitchen on a budget. Here's my take.

The original (I've blocked out the current owners' horrible country dining set):

The redo:

What's the same? Fridge, cabinets (structure), woodwork (placement), backsplash, countertops.

  1. Strip and restain the cabinets and wood trim in a dark cherry finish. Time and labor intensive, but not too expensive.
  2. Replace the current linoleum with either dark slate tiles or dark grey linoleum (about $350-600 for slate, based on my guess about the room size)
  3. Repaint - dark charcoal below chair rail on empty wall, and a nice warm creamy color everywhere else. (About $40-$60 for paint)
  4. New light fixture, modern, chrome, black -whatever fits their tastes and budget
  5. New cabinet hardware - I used Hickory Hardware's Loft Satin Nickel Black Pulls
  6. Black and chrome/modern dining set - the ones here are from Target, and fairly inexpensive: the black leather Parsons chair ($119 each), and the Vernicia dining table $250.
  7. As they havethe budget, they can replace the current appliances with stainless steel ones to match. The picture above shows a new stove and the current fridge.


OpenID homeshuling said...

This reminds me of my weeks and weeks spent planning our kitchen remodel with the IKEA Kitchen Planning tool. So fun (and it came out great!)

11/11/2009 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Ooowah. That looks AWESOME. What did you use to make that? I guess the real problem is that it's a galley kitchen with no open space or light to any other room, which no remodel can fix.

11/12/2009 7:03 AM  
Anonymous s5 said...

I preferred the original

11/17/2009 5:50 PM  

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