In the beginning, my parents replaced the floor with faux hardwood. They also filled in the wood wall paneling and painted them in my favorite neutral, Sterling (Behr). They were amazed when they saw how this cool, light gray opened up the kitchen and made it feel larger:
Molding was also attached to where the walls meet the ceiling. So that the room wouldn’t feel so heavy with wood, the molding was painted to match the walls.
The next large task was replacing the countertop. At first, they tossed around the idea of a light, marbled (but formica) countertop, something with a natural effect. Thankfully, I convinced them to go with a darker surface to add visual weigh and contrast to the newly lightened kitchen: My stepdad actually used ceramic floor tiles to create this countertop. The tiles were originally 2′ x 4′, so he used as many of these as possible and cut the rest with a wet saw. We tore off the old countertop and then affixed the floor tiles with mastic. (The countertop is awaiting a layer of grout, so it is still unfinished in these pics.)
Once the countertop was set, we replaced the sink and faucet. Well, he did the plumbing and I helped him take out the old sink and put in the new one. That was a lesson: porcelain sinks are heavy, y’all!
Next on the to-do list was the backsplash. We used simple white subway tiles for a clean, classic aesthetic and in one weekend, he had them up. Like the countertop, they need grouting. But it’s so cool to see how they flow with the rest of the makeover. This must be that sweet moment where clients have their “aha” moment, when they finally see the designer’s vision. (It’s a good feeling for me, too.)
Now that the hardest parts are now checked off the list, we can get to work on the cabinets. The cabinets will be refaced, will include new doors with translucent inserts, plus feature new hardware. I originally planned on using black drawer pulls to infuse the Craftsman vibe, but my stepdad is now contemplating handles like these:
I like them for the modern simplicity, but I’m not sure how they would look with the more rustic details of the kitchen (like the lighting). However, I am a master at mixing styles so I think we could work something out. 🙂
I’d also like to tweak some other decorative details like textiles, planters, and a bit of wall art. Just some little styling accents that will help set the style of the room.
Stay tuned for more updates as we make them!