One of the biggest transformations occurred in the kitchen. I loved the custom built cabinets, but there was only one. I also loved the idea of converting the “indoor/outdoor utility room” to be fully enclosed so that I could add a dishwasher to modernize the space. It was a big job, but here is what was done:
Demo: removed all pine tongue and groove slat walls, relocated back door from its current spot and removed half window, used Craigslist to dispose of all old appliances, reconfigure stainless counter top to fit a modern sink
Here is what I started with; in this photo you can see the slat walls, the back door in its current location and the lack of an additional upper cabinet:
Your natural wood cabinets looking a little old and tired lately? Try painting them! For the cost of a can of paint and primer, you can give your cabinets a fresh new appearance.
Using a color that is anything but neutral can give your kitchen a customized look but for resale value, neutral is the safest bet. White and black are always classic but if you want the cabinets to still appear to be wood, I love Behr’s Paint and Primer in One in the Espresso brown tint. I’ve also noticed a trend toward grays or sage greens, but those get a little more personalized. Some like the eggshell finish, I like the satin. Choose the sheen you like the best for your own project.
Ready to do it? Here are 5 easy steps to give your kitchen cabinets a quick makeover:
Step 1) Remove doors and drawer fronts. Remove any door hardware. A quick tip for hardware is to secure them with masking tape to the inside of the cabinet or drawer with masking tape so they won’t get lost or mixed up.
Closing out the breakdown of the endless possibilities for kitchen counter materials, we take a closer look at some interesting alternatives that may have some drooling for that unique and custom look. Having seen some of these options like stainless steel and concrete myself, I know my wish list is growing!
A chef’s dream, a butcher block looks and acts like a wood cutting board.
Upside: Easy to cut on but leaves scratches
Downside: water and heat damage is an issue so a smaller area for butcher block may be considered; scratches and cuts will be noticeable but can be reduced by treating with mineral or linseed oil periodically and can possibly be sanded out depending on thickness.
Cost: Expect $40-150 psf
Ideal for a clean, industrial look and blends well with most any color given its neutrality. This surface is alloy steel that contains a dash of chromium to make it rust-resistant. Stainless steel is typically attached to plywood decking to provide strength and deaden its sound.
Upside: heat and water resistant; easy to maintain.
Downside: Scratches and cuts are not repairable so you shouldn’t cut on them. Plus, they can be noisy and dent if banged with a pot if they are not supported properly.
Like stainless steel, copper can give a polished look to your kitchen. Copper is much softer than stainless steel and can warp or dent. Scratches are considered part of the patina, so you don’t need to worry about them. Over time, copper will change color so you’ll need to polish it or embrace the new shade.
Cost: $85-200 psf
New Trends to watch:
Tempered glass counter tops mix function and fashion and give kitchens a modern look. Consider a bar top or as a back-splash to minimize maintenance but retain the fashionable look.
Upside: Available textured, sandblasted, etched or grooved, glass is sanitary since it’s non-porous
Downside: Though it’s easy to clean it may be hard to keep it looking spotless and free of scratches. Glass is heat resistant and water resistant but can crack if something is dropped.
Cost: $60-300 psf
It may sound like something out of Bedrock, but concrete is practical and versatile. It is easy to shape to any custom layout since it is cast on site. Made entirely of natural materials, this hardened mixture of water, cement, sand, stone and pigment and gaining popularity.
Upside: Heat, scratch and crack-proof; can be finished in any color, texture or style.
Downside: Some types may be expensive and requires regular sealing to resist water and staining. Newly poured counters are more sensitive to heat damage so curing time is important.
Cost: $80-150 psf
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