Kitchen Update On Tight Budget


Member • Kansas City, MO Clay

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We purchased this home close to 13 years ago and I never liked the builders grade cabinets and 80's style light fixture. So over the past couple of years I have continually made updates/changes to the kitchen as budget allowed. The backsplash is made out of alluminum roofing flashing and push pins in squares turned on the diagonal and small circles set in a subway pattern. I have ripped out the ceiling and done a tray ceiling with track lighting and added some simple molding to finish off. I have painted the cabinets two-toned with a white on the uppers and black on the lowers. I am a woodworker by heart so, I built a moderate sized island for additional counter space. The counters used to be a butcher block laminate. Although they are still laminated, I used an epoxy based garage floor paint and sealer and painted them black. I replaced the builder grade faucet with a goose neck and painted the appliances a stainless steel. I added new hardware to the cabinets and replaced the white tile with black grout with a 16" indian slate tile (which I continued through the entire lower level). For a whimsical touch I added the word "COOK" to the uppers above the stove with wooden raised letters that I made with my router.


Garage floor epoxy based paint Latex paint for the cabinets Polycrylic for the sealer for the cabinets 5x6 alluminum roofing flashing Push pins in assorted shapes 16&quotindian slate tiles Cedar for the island top Pine for the island base Rust O Leum Stainless Steel paint Poplar for the lettering Router &amprouter table for making the letters Gumption to rip your ceiling apart:-) Track lighting

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