Our old mishmash of a kitchen desperately needed attention. No matter how hard I scrubbed, it never felt clean. ● Partial room updates had been done over the years to include three, count them, three, kinds of paneling: 1.) Avacado green 2.) Dark brown 3.) Off-white! How lucky were we?
Another view of the dark and dingy old kitchen.
Yes, what you are seeing is real! The ceiling had sticky floor tiles with old painted-over water spots on it. What you cannot see is the trio of crown molding accompanying it: 1.) Broken chair rail (unstained) 2.) Base board (dark stain) 3.) Duct tape (silver)! ● Check out the only ceiling light, a whole 60-watts. The only other light source was a pot light above the sink.
Let there be LIGHT(s)! We upgraded to two (yes, two!) semi-flush mount fixtures. Each with three, 60-watt bulbs. ● I’d share where I purchased them but I cannot remember for the life of me. I want to say I paid around $80 a piece, on sale. ● This fixture’s very similar, except ours have more texture from little bubbles in the glass. Ooo La La, love them!
Demo day on the faux tile paneling! In addition to being affixed to the plaster by metal framing, we swore it was stuck on with tar versus actual glue. ● We actually ended up sealing the kitchen off from the rest of the house and removing all the plaster. It was too far gone to save and I was concerned about the glue having asbestos in it. We can now rest easy with fresh drywall.
A double arched doorway was also added, likely in the 1930’s, and felt like a cave as you walked underneath to get to the front entry. We removed one side to open up the kitchen.
Under the plaster, we found a red brick chimney from a wood burning stove! The rest of it, upstairs and in the attic, have been completely removed. I wanted to leave this exposed BUT I lost the battle with Mr. Hubby. ● Feel free to add comments about how we SHOULD have kept the brick exposed. I’ll be sure to pass along the message 😛
Original plaster lath and knob-and-tube wiring. 1915 originals.
Look! “Linoleum” sheet floors in a 1930’s geometric pattern. They were probably laid when the archways were installed. We left them ‘as is’ (in case of asbestos) and covered them with our cabinets.
For new flooring, we chose Tarkett® Vibe FIBERFLOOR®. It’s a textured wood-grain, floating, and cushioned sheet vinyl. Very inexpensive and gorgeous. We’re talking under $1.50/ sq. ft.! We’ve received so many compliments, and people have actually asked how real wood can be so soft under their feet. (I kid you not!) ● Other than the obvious cost savings, we went with this because of how well it flows with our heart pine floors in the adjacent rooms. ● The only comment/ suggestion I have is to glue it down. Despite being marketed as a “floating” floor, we’ve had some bubbling by the transition strip to our dining room.
Thunder by Benjamin Moore for the walls. I love this neutral grey.
I REALLY wanted stone counter tops for our kitchen. After some thought, however, we went with Wilsonart® HD® laminate in Spring Carnival instead (grey, white, and almond tones). ● Why the change of heart? Two reasons: 1.) They look surprisingly realistic by having a slightly raised texture and varying in matte and gloss finishes throughout. 2.) We didn’t want to price ourselves out of the neighborhood.
What a difference it made by removing the second archway!
As much as I wanted to keep the back porch door, we opted for a new one. We purchased an exterior steel door for added security.
I tried to find one with an arts and crafts vibe to tie into the rest of the house. This dark oak Venice door from Mastercraft® does the trick. Color matching was difficult/ limited since it’s a wood-grain steel door, but I think the floor’s color variation helps us get away with it.
I’d like to remove the built-in’s hardware and clean off the paint in my slow cooker. HOWEVER, despite scraping with a razor, chipping, and gouging with a flat head screwdriver, I haven’t been able to unscrew them. There’s so much nasty wood filler and paint, especially on the screw heads. ● It might be time for chemical intervention… I don’t want to mess with chemicals because of our little kiddos, but I’m running out of options. UNLESS YOU have another idea or tip?! 🙂 ● I think the dark plated brass pulls and hinges will pop against the white paint.
3″ oil rubbed bronze pulls.
I’m not the best photographer, but doesn’t she look 100 times better? Nothing overly fancy but lighter and brighter for sure. ● I’ve since hung a rubbed bronze towel bar and will install a new faucet and simple back splash (probably subway tile) in the near future. That’s another set of battles my hubby won…for the time being…
You can see the wood-grain and color variation of the flooring a little better in this photo.
Do you remember the ‘Before’ space?
The ‘After’ space is much cleaner and brighter.
Overall, we love the end result of our kitchen makeover! What do you think?
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