11.05.2015

Lightening Up The Kitchen


When we bought our new house we inherited a  fugly kitchen.  From day one I started thinking of some inexpensive, quick fixes we could do to make it more our style until we could afford a major remodel.

Black white tuxedo kitchen painted faux brick

The kitchen walls were painted a dark blue, and the cabinets are white on top and black on the bottom.  They are painted in flat finish and they were not primed, you know what that means, right?  When you try to clean them the paint comes off and all the dirt, oil and wine splatters are absorbed into the flat finish, leaving dingy splotches everywhere.  Even the ceiling is painted in flat white and it has wine splatters on it.  I know what you are thinking, how on earth does one get wine up on the ceiling?  It's irrelevant!

white black tuxedo kitchen painted faux brick
Before
 The appliances were beige and the fridge had "faux" wooden door handle. The kitchen also came with a "fabulous" faux brick back splash and an even more "fabulous" faux butcher block counter top, It's "fauxbulicious"!  I can go on and on about the negatives but let's just focus on the things that have improved since we've moved in.

Before

The first thing we tackled was to paint the walls in Behr's Irish Mist.  I had the paint matched to Glidden's premium paint and primer to save money and I used semi gloss finish to make it easy to wipe clean.  Then we replaced the appliances with our own stainless steel appliances.  We haven't changed the dishwasher yet because I have never used a dishwasher in my life, so I have no idea if I even want a new one or just add storage in it's place.

white black tuxedo kitchen painted faux brick


 We also switched out the overhead light fixture for this Allen + Roth ORB flushmount from Lowes.  It looks ten times better than the small, white, boob light that was there before.

Allen Roth Oil rubbed bronze flush mount light fixture lowes

Next up, I changed the white vinyl mini blinds for a nice, textured, woven shade from Home depot.  It looks like they don't carry the same ones anymore the closet match I could find was this one, Radiance Cocoa Havana bamboo roman shade.

white black tuxedo kitchen
With white vinyl mini blind

marbled hanging pendant woven shades
The nice, woven, textured shades

Lastly I painted the faux brick in the same paint as the walls.  Now the kitchen feels lighter and brighter and I don't hate the brick as much as I used to.

Black white tuxedo kitchen painted faux brick

Black white tuxedo kitchen painted faux brick

Below are some of the other things we would like to do to the kitchen in this for now phase

  • Prime and paint the trim and ceiling semi gloss white.
  • Sand and repaint the cabinets, the paint job was done very poorly.
  • Change out the hardware on the cabinets.
  • Replace the hanging light fixture over the sink with something more our style.
  • Do something about the wasted space over the refrigerator.

There are a lot of other little improvements we are letting simmer before we make any decisions because we don't want to spend a lot of money on temporary fixes.  The short list above will help us get by until we save up for a major overhaul.  Sometimes taking your time before doing any extreme changes is better in the end.  This way we can get a feel for how we use the space, what works, what doesn't and what can use some improvements.  The kitchen already feels so much better with just the simple, quick fixes we've done so far.

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9 comments:

  1. What a fabulous transformation!! It looks about a billion times better already!!

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    1. Thank you, that's what I love about this mini makeover, small changes that delivered big impact.

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    2. Thank you, that's what I love about this mini makeover, small changes that delivered big impact.

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  2. Bless, that was a really bad kitchen! But it looks great so far with the changes you've made. That back wall, painted white, looks AMAZING!!!

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    1. Ha, yes it was a really bad looking kitchen and the sad part is it actually looks a lot better in these pictures than what it did in person. Painting the faux brick really helped it out a lot, thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Beautiful transformation! I hope to do something like this to my kitchen soon. :)
    -Bradleigh
    www.widemeadow.com

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    1. Thank you Bradleigh, have fun redoing your kitchen!

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