Finished Small 1946 Kitchen Remodel (with pics)

quelle4November 16, 2011

I wanted to share a kitchen remodel that I'm so happy with and hopefully someone else can gain inspiration from it! After lots of hard work, our 1946 small kitchen remodel is over. Me and my husband purchased a small bungalow in the summer and have spent a few months fixing it up. The first thing that we have fully completed is the kitchen which we remodeled all by ourselves.

Our kitchen is very small (90 square feet) and since we were not doing any structural changes we were able to stay within a pretty small budget. When we started, the whole kitchen was covered in linoleum: flooring, backsplash and counter. Luckily the cabinets were of solid wood so we refinished those. We choose stainless steel counters for practical and economical reasons, put up subway tile on all the walls (!), installed black and white marble tile in a checkerboard pattern on the floor and purchased new appliances.

More info, pictures and the budget is available at Small Kitchen Remodel Before and After

Before:

After

Before

After

All in all, we're very happy with the outcome. We turned our old looking kitchen into a bright and functional space. We stayed within a small budget, and the whole project took us about a month of solid work doing it ourselves.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Home Project Small Kitchen Remodel

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lisa0527

Fantastic!
I love how you ran the tile to the ceiling.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 1:14AM
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k9fan

The remodel looks great. That linoleum really pops in that small kitchen.

I think the "before" picture has a certain period charm, too. Green linoleum!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 1:18AM
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deedles

Nice job. Always liked the checkerboard floors. Really beautiful redo...

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 2:06AM
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trailrunnerbiker

That is one sweet kitchen !! Congratulations on staying on budget and reusing great cabs. You have really added to your home. c

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 4:27AM
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honorbiltkit

Wonderful transformation, with ingenuity, gumption, and taste substituting for big bucks. I am amazed at how smashing the diagonal black and white checked floor looks in in your modest sized space. And you have made the best of generous fenestration as well as still functional cabinets.

Congratulations, and best wishes for every month in your house being even half a productive.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 4:43AM
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Linda

That is amazing! I can't believe the total transformation that you accomplished for less $$ than some might pay for even one appliance! Love the new look and functionality. I really like the idea of the checkerboard floor being granite and marble -- very classy!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 5:04AM
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francoise47

Congrats on your beautiful "new" subtly retro kitchen.
The checked marble floor is to die for.
And I love your stainless counters
which set off the white cabinets and marble floor in such a gorgeous way.
Love your wall knife rack against the subway tile.
This is one of those magazine-worthy transformations.
Bravo!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 5:58AM
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dainaadele

I had a feeling our home's last remodel was in the 40's! I saw your pictures and just had to share: These were our move in pictures on our 1923 house. The only difference is someone painted your cabinets at some time!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 7:30AM
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hlove

Great job...love the stainless counters! Did you DIY those? Would you mind sharing cost/sq. ft? I'd love to use them in our remodel, but I've heard they're pricey.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 11:40AM
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kalapointer

I love how you used the subway tiles on all of the walls to the ceiling. Very nice choice of materials. Enjoy it!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 12:24PM
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quelle4

hlove,

Thanks so much! We did DIY those you could say. We actually went to our local sheet metal place and got a quote on our counter for $400 - that's roughly $20/square foot (much more affordable than Home Depot quoted us!) That required however that we bought plywood ourselves, and made a model of our counter. So we fitted the plywood to fit our counter perfectly and also cut out the hole for the sink. Then we brought the plywood to our sheet metal guy and he fitted 20 gauge stainless steel on it. Then we installed it with liquid nails on top of our old counters.

Here's a few posts on the site relating to the stainless steel counters with more information:

Choosing stainless steel counters
Removing the sink and fitting plywood
Installing our new stainless steel countertop

We're very happy with our counters, and doing it this way turned out to be one of the cheapest options around...

Here is a link that might be useful: The Home Project - Kitchen Posts

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 12:24PM
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pricklypearcactus

Wow, I love it! Your new kitchen looks fantastic. I especially love that you kept the original cabinets and added gorgeous pulls and some beautiful new stainless countertops. I'm impressed with the number of drawers in an older kitchen. The subway tile and flooring look fantastic as well. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 1:31PM
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hlove

Thanks for the information. That doesn't seem too difficult....our contractor is making our laminate countertops on site, so maybe this is a real option...

Again, beautiful job!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 1:33PM
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laurielou177

So beautiful. Really love the subway tile and checkerboard floors.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 1:42PM
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kmmh

looks great--congrats!!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 2:03PM
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rosie

Wow, Quelle and DH, I just like the whole thing so much. A sophisticated, quality kitchen that honors the house and is inexpensive? That's a very talented trick to pull off, and I suspect a bunch of others are going to be taking notes for their own projects. Happy cooking. :)

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 6:47PM
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gsciencechick

Love it! What a light, airy feeling and that beautiful checkerboard floor.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 7:53PM
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sis2two

What a sweet looking kitchen! I love all the classic elements that you used. Great job!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 11:41PM
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juliekcmo

I love how much you have improved the layout by having the range by the window. How pleasant to have the view while at the stove!

Great job. Just lovely.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 7:50AM
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dianalo

It's funny, but your new kitchen has less color in it yet is perkier! I think the floors and counters are just fabulous, although the green lino was kinda cute too. The lighting fits right in and adds some whimsy to it all. This looks like a real kitchen to me and not just a display kitchen. I think you really pulled it off wonderfully ;)

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 10:57AM
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ideagirl2

It is AMAZING that you did that for so little money. And that floor just looks fantastic. I don't know why, but with checkerboard floors, diagonal always looks FANTASTIC. To my eyes laying it diagonally is always better than laying it straight. Especially in a galley-ish kitchen like yours, because the diagonal tiles break up the long straight lines.

And thanks muchly for the tips on DIY'ing the stainless countertops! That's great info!

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 11:20AM
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bellajourney

Ooooh! Very nice! My favorite feature is your checkerboard floor! Enjoy your lovely new kitchen! :)

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 2:57PM
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carybk

Wonderful job. I like the way you switched the range to be by the window.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 5:34PM
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singingmicki

Great job; love that floor!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 12:16AM
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rnest44

Finally had time to read each post in The Home Project. Process and product are both wonderful. I hope you find great joy in your new kitchen for years to come.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 9:25AM
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quiltgirl

It is amazing! I love the diagonal tiled floor, it really sets off the kitchen. You did a great job!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 9:34AM
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quelle4

I just wanted to thank everybody for all your lovely and encouraging comments! It's great doing a remodel (me and my husband both think it's kind of sad we're done with the kitchen as we had so much fun and would love to do another one at some point!) and of course it's nice to see the improvements. But it's also really nice to have other people see it and recognize all those details which we really love, such as the subway tile all the way up to the ceiling and the diagonal checkerboard floor. Again, you guys are just great - thanks so much for all the response!

Here is a link that might be useful: The Home Project

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 2:58PM
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susanlynn2012

Quelle4, What size are your beautiful tiles?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2011 at 1:05AM
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desertsteph

oh, what a great job! It fits the 'space' but is sooo much nicer now. I also like that you switched the stove to by the window. It's had to make the world of difference working in it.

how do you like your over the sink light? what wattage do you have in? I'm getting one much like that but with just 2 bulbs. I do have other lighting plus a skylight.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2011 at 2:58AM
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quelle4

Lynne2006, our tiles are 12x12 inches. More info on diy installing checkerboard tile floor here: Installing black and white diagonal checkerboard marble and granite floor

Desertsteph, thanks for your nice comments! Yes, switching the stove and the fridge made a huge difference, so much more light enters the room now! Actually we really like the lights over the sink. Each bulb is halogen and 50 watts. They really provide a lot of light, perfect when cooking.

more info on installing the lights here: New Kitchen Lights

Here is a link that might be useful: The Home Project

    Bookmark   December 13, 2011 at 6:00PM
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clubcracker

Wow that looks great, I love how you stayed on budget and also kept within the spirit of the 1940's house, but with a clean and updated feel!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 12:58PM
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