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.

3 Comments:

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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