Pink must have been their favorite color as we had pink laminate counter tops, pink baskets, pink mini blinds and of course more glossy honey oak, wallpaper and brass going on. Bleh.
We scraped the old greasy popcorn, removed the florescent monstrosity and added can lights as well as pendants.
And then the cabinet painting started. The grey primer brought out the pink countertops even more. For the complete how-to click here. I will say it totally changed the look of the kitchen, but it was a very.long.project.
The brass cabinet hinges were also replaced to concealed hinges. Does not sound like a huge detail, but it made such a difference in updating the look of the cabinets. It required some re-drilling and the how-to is part of this post.
We also added some features during the construction process. One was a second tier to the peninsula for barstools. Another was a bar/wine area (on the left) to fill the empty awkward space. And give us a bar.
Derek also added over cabinet and under-cabinet lighting.
And then we resprayed the ceiling.
For the counters and the backsplash, we had help with the install by Derek’s stepdad. He installed the granite tiles on the old pink countertops with the help of cement board in between. He then used a grinder to smooth the edges of the corners to make them round. Here is what the layering looked like:
We added new hardware to the cabinets and inserted glass into some of the doors (tutorial coming soon). Outlets and covers were also replaced.
The appliances are/were ugly but they were not in the original kitchen budget. The dishwasher was replaced first with stainless and the refrigerator followed. Hopefully the completely functional but incredibly ugly bisque stove and microwave be bye-bye soon as well.
In addition to the white stove, curtains also need to be added before this space is considered really an “after.” We are only two and a half years removed from the start of the remodel, so we would not want to rush anything though.
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