Kitchen Update On Tight Budget

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by: sabrtyca on 09/20/2010 Views 10263

Budget

$500.00

Tools & Materials

  • 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"indian slate tiles
  • Cedar for the island top
  • Pine for the island base
  • Rust O Leum Stainless Steel paint
  • Poplar for the lettering
  • Router &router table for making the letters
  • Gumption to rip your ceiling apart:-)
  • Track lighting

Summary

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.

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