Today I am coming to you with a little makeover.
Ever since my hubby and I moved into our home almost a year after our
wedding, we have always known that there were some major renovations
that would be necessary to make it feel more like us, than the previous
owner (which was a widow that owned the property with her husband for
over 30 years). They kept the building in excellent condition, but there
was still a lot of work to be done.
As newlyweds, the last thing that you really want to do is undertake a
huge renovation right away because of the stress and cost involved; for
goodness sake you are still trying to recuperate from the cost of your
wedding, so we were in no rush at all. We did basic things of course,
like rip up the old burgundy carpet that made the space feel smaller
than it was and slap on a few coats of fresh paint on the walls. My
parents at that time underwent their own home renovation and purchased
all new furniture, so we adopted some of their old furniture until we
were ready to invest in our own and cultivate our joint design
aesthetic. We knew it wasn’t our taste, but it was in good condition and
it was FREE (lol)…hey,you can’t beat the price!
At that time, there were certain rooms that we tried to make as nice
as possible on a shoestring budget; our bedroom and our living room
(which has seen many changes since then…I’ll post on those later). The
one place that we never really touched besides two coats of yellow paint
that nearly drove me insane for almost 2 years was our kitchen. Our
kitchen before was hideous, but in all honesty I didn’t feel the urgency
to really do anything to it because we hardly ever used it…hey, don’t
judge me! It wasn’t until the past year or so, that I really started to
embrace the domestic diva inside of me. I wanted to start cooking more
and experimenting more in the kitchen (thanks Food Network!), which
meant that our kitchen would have to become a place that I felt
comfortable and inspired in.
We knew our ideal configuration for what we wanted to do with our
overall layout, but that would include removing walls and cost tens of
thousands of dollars, so we decided that for now, we would work with a
tighter budget and make it the best that we can until we are ready to
undergo a more extreme makeover in the next year or two.
We started by setting our budget- $3000.
It is not much at all when you think about kitchen makeovers, but since
we knew that we would want to redo it again in a couple of years, we
didn’t want to spend too much. I know you are thinking, why not just
wait a few years and do the major makeover that you really want? Well,
the point of this mini makeover was to inspire me to be more motivated
in the kitchen right away, which I just couldn’t be in it’s prior state.
Once we set our budget, I started to make
a list of the most important things that would have to change in order
for this mini makeover to work. First and foremost was the painfully
yellow walls that drove me nuts! Then I wanted to change the layout just
a little bit to make it a lot more functional. We also decided to
change our floors from ceramic tile to match the rest of the wood floors
in our other rooms. I normally don’t mind ceramic tiles in a kitchen,
but for New York standards our kitchen is on the larger side (11.5 ft x
17 ft) and that was just too much surface area to be covered in tile for
We also decided to get all new cabinetry
and counter tops. They are store bought and not custom, but why splurge
on custom now when you know that you are going to change it in a couple
of years? We wrestled with the idea of getting new stainless steal
appliances even though we knew that it would blow our budget, but
decided to save new appliance for the more extreme makeover, especially
since all of our appliance are in good condition. Last but not least, I
decided that if I was going to spend more time in the kitchen, then it
needs to have a bit of glam, so we decided to splurge a little on mosaic
glass tile for our back-splash.
Because there were no real structural
changes to the layout, we cut cost by using our handyman to do most of
the work instead of a contractor.
Covering up that wretched yellow wall with a calming blue- Behr Ultra Premium in Cumberland Fog
Removing the ’90s arch and widening it an extra 10inches for a more open feel between the kitchen and living room
We decided to go with un-finished
cabinets because I knew that I wanted to take the extra step and prime
and paint all of the cabinets.I decided to choose one color from the
mosaic back-splash and use it for my cabinets. A custom color match was
created in a satin finish.
Choosing the backsplash was so much fun
for me. I literally spent a couple of hours up and down the tile aisle
and finally decided on these. I wanted something to complement our blue
walls, add a bit of glam, but also have a good balance between
contemporary and warm and this mosaic tile did the trick.
Because our kitchen is a bit wide there
was a big empty space right in the center, so what better to fill that
space than with an island? It’s visually more appealing than an empty
space and also more functional. This Ikea island added additional prep
space and a bit more storage for items that I use often.
To assist in the contemporary feel we
decided to add a new faucet to complement our back-splash. This faucet
is definitely a statement piece. It was like adding earrings to
complete an ensemble lol!
Decided to include a chalkboard accent
wall. This wall is a lot more fun and functional that I thought it would
be. I always request our guest to sign it and leave a little message
before they go. It’s also super convenient when you need to right down a
quick message or reminder.
This mini reno was a quick and relatively
inexpensive solution to an immediately ugly problem. I am super pleased
with our temporary fix…that is until it’s time to move forward with our
major renovation that I am constantly dreaming about…stainless steal,
double ovens, and new layout, oh my!