Tiny NYC Kitchen Cheap Redo in Ice Blue ... Amazing!

kikoApril 25, 2013

Not sure if anyone has seen or posted this already, but this is a pretty cool update of a tiny kitchen posted on One Kings Lane.

Here is a link that might be useful: One Kings Lane Kitchen Update

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Wow..I had to keep looking back and forth to believe that it was really the same space. I wish there had been a better before and after over all pic but...what a tremendous change for so little. Small changes on everything but creativity ! Thank you for sharing. c

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 4:38PM
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Being able to build your own lamps and install floors really helps. :-)

I wish I could do that...

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 5:04PM
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would like to see the cost breakdown on the redo. It's lovely and well done but budget? that is a bit of smoke and mirrors me thinks.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 5:28PM
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Holly- Kay

Wow what a lovely space. I too, wonder at what the final cost was? I particularly like the use of brushed brass rather than a chrome or nickel finish.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 5:58PM
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I think this could be done on a budget. The kitchen is tiny and it involved judicious use of paint and very few individual pieces of hardware. The hanging light fixture is just a matter of available parts, and in NYC you can get whatever you want relatively easily. Those are components off the shelf put together.

The room also starts out with a high ceiling and a great source of natural light. Would the budget be so low if the kitchen was normal sized? Would it be so easy to execute outside NYC? Probably not, but I don't think they are stretching a truth here.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 6:06PM
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Interesting why the author says "the space was tiny (three feet by six feet) and dark (no windows)". Looked pretty well-lit to me too.

I would have chosen a sink that one can put a chopping board over. They did not say anything about counters. Perhaps, they couldn't change them?

Just keep thinking that a 33" Kohler Stages would have been perfect for that space to kill two birds with one stone... But it cannot be installed under laminate counters (if I am not mistaken) and probably would not be qualified for a "budget" remodel.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 6:27PM
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It looks like they probably could have done the whole project for less than $5,000 easy. Probably more like 2 or 3.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 7:27PM
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What a big difference those smallish changes made! It looks quite charming.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 11:34PM
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That's cute. I would have gotten a sink with cutting board insert, too.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 3:38AM
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This entire article is a bunch of crap.

First, to mimic glass front cabinets they just took the doors off some of the cabinets and left them open with some glasses inside. I can guarantee you that if that kitchen is used in the least that cabinet area is going to end up looking like garbage. I seriously doubt that kitchen has decent ventilation and all the grease from cooking is going to end up in the cabinets. Its also a poor use of space given how little cabinet space that kitchen has. When you don't have much cabinet space you don't fill up an entire cabinet with more glasses than you could possibly ever need just because it looks good.

My other issue is the lighting. I would really like to see that kitchen in real life lighting. Its clear that the lighting for the photos does not come from the fixtures in the kitchen. I am fairly certain other lighting was brought in just for the purpose of taking the pictures.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 6:44AM
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LOL, realism!

I was thinking the same thing about their open cabinets. They only had 4 doors. How expensive would it be to replace them with glass doors, really?

Also, why put an open console table in a kitchen with no storage? So it could look even more cluttered?

A free-standing cabinet with sliding doors would have been so much better. And if the can light is "harsh", why not change the bulb?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 10:03AM
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Wow--that crab, or whatever it is, on the console table is a good use of space--NOT! But of course, that was just for the staging.

But really, I think the main point of this is that even in a really tiny space, without investing lots of money, a cute pick me up is indeed possible.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 10:16AM
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I think it is great. She added usable space by bringing in the narrow console table. It has her toaster, mixing bowls, you only see one pot hanging on the side, but I have a hunch there is only 1 for the photos because otherwise you can't see the shelving under the counter. The kitchen owner says she used to do all the prep work in the dining room and now can use this surface. Plus all the open shelving above they added.

It can be done on a low budget, because it is all paint and a bit of hardware. There were no appliances bought. The floor is not expensive, it was "cut and paste" cork tile squares, pretty sure that isn't too hard. And like mentioned above, the chandelier is just hardware parts put together. They will be doing a tutorial on how to make it they say.

Obviously the room was lit for the photos by the photographer. If they didn't light it, and there is no natural light, then the photo would be, well, dark. They aren't going to shoot it using the lights in the kitchen.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 10:47AM
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Most NYC have no active ventilation. There is a turbine driven roof vent that continually draws air from the kitchen and bath, and at most they have a recirculating vent over the range. I don't care for open cabinets but if the person does not cook, grease may not be much of a problem. Most of the people that I know in Manhattan do not cook in their apartments, they eat out or bring home and heat up, or microwave. I know a couple that took the kitchen out and left the hookups but turned it into a closet. (They had a bar sized fridge and maybe a microwave.) Manhattan is a way of life that is hard to translate to anyplace else.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 11:12AM
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The hardware is beautiful. I think they did a really nice job with the space they have, and that light blue is lovely.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 11:22AM
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I think this could be done for less than $500, I know my kitchen makeover was $500 and that included painting all the 22 cabinets and the ceiling and walls, new sink (Ikea) and faucet (Delta), hardware for 10 drawers (HD $4 each pulls) and 22 cabinets (from Amazon $1 each knobs) and pouring concrete countertops.

All they used was paint, a few squares of peel and stick cork, and a few drawer pulls, a mirror and a light fixture that looks like one sold at Ikea for $30. They did not change the countertop, sink or faucet. I could do this myself for $300, forget $3000.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 4:05PM
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The thing that I scoffed at in the article was the "3x6 foot space." I'll grant you, it's tiny, but not 3x6. In one direction, it has space for a range, sink, 2 ft of counter and a fridge. In the other it has 2 ft of cabinets and at least a 3 foot walkway (looks closer to 4ft to me--wide enough to put in the console table and still have room to walk). I'd believe 6x7 feet, but 3x6 doesn't pass the sniff test. Unless they were only counting open floorspace and leaving out the space occupied by counters and appliances...but who measures kitchen floorspace that way?

I also got a chuckle about the glasses in the open front cabs. Pretty (and probably staged), but not a practical use of space or reflective of the type of things someone with a really small kitchen would need to store in that space.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 4:20PM
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