Kitchen Remodel on a Budget
The kitchen turned out just how I envisioned. I really love how the backsplash turned out the best, it reminds me of the ocean. It sparkles and shines, also picking up other beautiful colors like abalone does.
You know how they say kitchens sell houses? Well the kitchen that was here when I first walked in sure didn't sell the house to me. It was my least favorite room and I knew I was going to rip into it first thing if I bought the house. The rest of the house was so bright and calming, but the kitchen sort of had a dark grungy sad look, not a kitchen I felt like cooking in.
This is what I saw of the kitchen the very first time I ever walked into this house.
Amazing what painting everything white can do!
It brightened the room up so much.
I changed out the appliances (the old ones were broke),
the counter tops and backsplash.
I really didn't want the microwave over my stove, so I put that in the pantry in the room right next to the kitchen. I don't use a microwave for cooking, so I don't need access to it right out in the kitchen all the time. I prefer coil tops to glass top stoves. I like that I can lay my tortillas on it to cook them on the coils (thanks for that tip, Lisa!). I also like that if a pot is hot, I can just throw it over on one of the other coils when I take it off the heat. The house is set up for a gas range, but I chose not to use it. If I ever change my mind, I can easily just switch over to a gas stove in the future.
There is also the wall across from the stove that use to be a little eat in kitchen area with a wall blocking off the dining room area. As soon as I saw it, I knew this wall had to go, or at least most of it.
Cabinets were added and a bar area on the other side of the cut out was added, too.
This gives the kitchen so much more storage space and more counter top area, not to mention tons more light coming in.
None of this was there, it was just a blank wall dividing the 2 rooms.
I'm in love with turquoise, can you tell?
Here is a list of where I purchased some things, please email me if you have more questions.
- Chrome hardware from a local store, Village Flooring & Decorating Center, that ordered through Top Knobs.
- Sink faucet from Home Depot.
- Counter tops from Ikea. Ikea Numerar Oak
- Backsplash from Floors & Cabinets in Cocoa Beach - by Tesoro Listello Collection, Reflections Series, Color-Excalibur, 1x2 translucent
- Cabinets painted with 2 coats of BIN Zinsser primer and 2 coats of Valspar White
- Wahoo fish from Baha Fish Gear
- Striped blue rug from Wayfair.
- Bamboo blinds from Lowes.
- Appliances from Appliance Direct.
My next door neighbor is the one who put in the counters and backsplash for me and also installed the new cabinets and opened up the wall. A huge thank you to him!
I'm still working on a lot of things around the house, I think the living room and small dining area will be finished next. Photos of those coming soon! So come back.