Awkward Kitchen Facelift Finished
Hi all. I asked for feedback last October about what to do with our awkward (but far from terrible) kitchen. Thanks so much for your help! Most commented that we should live with our kitchen for at least a year and others said we should start with a clean slate.
We debated and, after about 7 months in the kitchen, decided to give it a facelift. Nothing major as the bones (cabinets & granite) were in good shape. Here's what we did:
- Tiled the back splash with Allen + Roth 4"x12" pearl subway tiles. Used the Schluter tile trim on the unfinished edges.
- Painted the kitchen Behr White Truffle.
- Cut the 4" granite back splash down to 1.5" in height. We removed the back splash all together (at first). But there were some huge gaps between the granite & drywall. A fantastic granite shop (Washington Marble & Granite) charged us $50 to cut them down to 1.5", so we put them back in place.
- Swapped out the microwave for a range hood & upgraded the dishwasher. An electrician put a new outlet in the laundry closet for the small appliances.
- Found a lightly-used Jenn-Air range on Craigslist for $700. Adios Frigidaire stove!
- Installed Armacost LED lighting from HD.
- Painted the toe-kick brown to (semi) match the cabinets.
- Upgraded the mini-blinds to thicker 2.5" blinds.
- Installed a new faucet from Overstock.
We did the work DIY and spent about $2500. It looks more dressed-up than before and matches the rest of our first floor well. Enjoy the pics & thanks again!