I was so excited to show you Teresa and Andrew's kitchen makeover. They are some of our closest friends and live just around the corner from us and since we filmed This bookcase styling timelapse video In her living room, I have not waited so patiently for the arrival of her new equipment so we can share with you a great virtual kitchen tour.
Not only have you made a great style, but MANY budget-friendly choices in this kitchen, and I really hope they help demonstrate that you can often work with much more than you may think (you do not always scrap) everything and everything start from the beginning!). And you can save a lot of money if you do that! Plus, I can share my trick to freshen up old wooden cabinet doors so they look new for a few bucks – and I even captured the magic on video – so that's what this post is for you as well.
Besides being a good eye-catcher, I think it's great that they've made a number of brave decisions here (hello, colorful, painted cabinets and big brass handles!), And it still shocks me how much of the original one Kitchen they could use as a springboard their new space.
If you stare at the photo below, you can assume that at least two things that are original in this area are new things that they have added – but not! Let's see if I'm right.
Here's the "before" photo from the real estate list when they bought the house six years ago. Note the soapstone counters. Note the backsplash of the underground tiles! The layout! The island! The big double window over the sink! ALSO THE CABINET! All these elements were preserved just like that,
And now – thanks to some strategic improvements such as new appliances, new lighting, new wall paint and new closet doors (but not brand new cabinets!), This is the afterthought. I'll wait for you to scroll back and forth a few times.
The first ingenious decision made by Teresa and Andrew was the hiring of a local carpenter to create new installation doors for their existing lockers. This decision saved them the expense of gutting the space and buying brand new cabinets (they got a few offers for new cabinets, but then realized that they could simply update the doors and save over 50%!) AND that also meant that they did not have to tear out their counters, sinks or backsplash in the process and replace them.
These can all be expensive line items in a typical kitchen renovation, and since Teresa and Andrew had inherited great materials from the previous owner (soapstone! Underground tiles!), Working with them was a win-win situation. I am sure that not everyone who looks at the picture in advance would "see the vision". That's why I think it's great that they walked around with their tummy and held so much! And the result is so good. Here is the before recording again as a reference:
By eliminating new lockers, new counters, a new sink, and a whole new backsplash of their overall budget, they could focus on other kitchen upgrades that mattered to them. Andrew is a great cook who always wanted a nice gas stove, so he could spend more on his kitchen budget for things like a new gas stove and a pot filler. He was even able to adjust the existing subway tile and grout colors to extend the upstand area where the microwave was above the stove. You would never guess that a small area is new and the rest is an original tile.
Did I mention that they all made their own cabinet paints and additional tile installations themselves to save even more money? (Here is a tutorial for how to paint kitchen cabinets and How to install a subway tile backsplash? if you want to do that too).
But I have not even shown you my favorite part of the transformation of this room. Treat yourself to the new pantry / coffee station / storage zone on the left side of the room:
Believe it or not, this wall used to look like this. I'll wait until you have your scroll on. It's pretty amazing.
Their washing machine and dryer were formerly pushed behind these double-folded doors, and they always dreamed of moving them upstairs to create more storage and utility space for the kitchen. It did not happen right away (remember, they moved in 6 years ago), but earlier this year, they could move up, closer to the bedrooms … which meant that this corner of the kitchen was vacated to be more open become and functional!
They found a fantastic local carpenter after they had seen the rental kitchen of my friend Carey (where she used the same guy to keep her old lockers and replace the fronts). It was a smart move because he is a total artist! Not only did he build all the new cabinet boxes and fronts in that corner to match the rest of the room – since he also replaced the doors on the other side, he could have everything perfectly matched. Every last cupboard looks new and fresh – although more than half of it is not!
To save money, as already mentioned, Teresa and Andrew colored the existing cabinets and painted all the cabinets themselves, and their cabinet type sprayed all the doors (for my information, I brought over 10,000 color decks and I like the true color detective I I'm able to tell that this color is exactly Sherwin-Williams Halcyon Green, so if you want to copy that look, that's the color … and it's GOOD to be right there and at different times of the day It has a lot of depth and dimension.
To lower the cost of buying new soapstone counters for this new corner area, they instead installed a simple butcher block and then built the appropriate backsplash for the subway tiles. They even bargained for a fancy Miele coffee machine (Andrew found a broken used one and repaired it himself!).
I will not pretend that it would be a super quick and inexpensive task to refresh your laundry equipment and build custom cabinets – but spending 50% less than they would have had if they had gutted their original cabinets is a brilliant cost savings! And I can not get over how many OTHER expensive line items they could dodge because they re-used what they already had (existing floors, the same exact kitchen island, original counters, same kitchen back wall, same sink – even the same case color).
And do not linger, but let's reconsider the case color for a second. The previous owner had paired it with bright red walls, but as soon as Teresa & Andrew had painted them subtler gray (Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter), they lit up those fabulous green cabinets. Let the record say that I, Sherry "Love A White Kitchen" Petersik lives absolutely for these cabinets. As if I like "Should I repaint my kitchen island in this color?" It's interesting, but not crazy, moody, but not dark, happy, but not sweet. It is basically the G.O.A.T. Cabinet color in my book. And I can not get over that it was always there!
Let's go back to where they were.
COULD YOU ALSO ?! I CAN NOT.
Let's talk about the island for a second. This is an element that they have not touched at all. You could say they were lucky that mixing in contrasting wood cabinets is so hot right now, but a wood island is always a classic in my book. However, this one showed some signs of use (the finish looked scratched and dry in some heavily used areas), so Teresa feared that it would look bad for her big kitchen. I wrote her a series of ridiculous gifs and told her not to get angry. $ Herdog had plans. Cheap zero-dollar-make-ya-holla plans.
My big plan? I broke out a stain marker I had about five years to show Teresa that they could look like new with just a few scribbles around each drawer. I actually made a quick video so you can see exactly how fast and painless it was to refresh those cabinets (the video shows it much better than any photo series it could). It took me literally ten minutes to freshen up the entire island. I did not have to sand, seal or even wipe up excess stains (although in some cases this may be necessary if not everything is absorbed). Just use a matching shade, color any worn areas on your cabinets, furniture, or floors toward the wood grain, and wipe it off if too much is left on it (do not worry if it's all gone in). Then let it dry. That's it.
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I have a Golden Oak colored marker (The brand name has now been changed to "Varathane." Remember, this stain marker is like five years old, so do not worry about hunting for a crayon.) The color does not have to be exact, so do not panic if You do not know the exact stain color of your furniture. They just want to achieve something that works well together. You can actually buy one Multipack with different colors for the same price as a marker if you want to have some options. Here's a little side by side with the magic that worked on Teresa and Andrew's Island (but look at the video seriously, it shows better and you can see how I use it).
Finally, a short note to the soapstone counters, since we have never had them and I know that some people fear the maintenance of them. Teresa reports that they had to get used to how soft it was (it can be easily scratched with a fork or a knife or even the lid of a jar), but they've grown to enjoy the patina that contributes to it instead to fight against it. They try to oil it about once a month, eliminating scratches or scratches. As a rule, they switch between two products: this one Boo's Mystery Oil and the Soapstone seal,
So that's the kitchen, folks. Can you see why I'm crazy about it? When I came out of the beach house and duplex kitchens (which required a careful renovation of the old electrical and plumbing facilities, and reinforcement of the walls and floor to make everything safe and codable), it was INCREDIBLE CHARMING AND REFRESHING, Teresa and Andrew's makeover see – not only the result, but also the way there.
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