Since this winter, we have been trying to slowly update the kitchen. Our justification was that since bungalows naturally have small kitchens, it wouldn't cost as much as a large scale make-over. Then we realized that regardless of how quickly or slowly you update things, the final price tag remains the same. I know, a genius moment, huh? Lol.
In fact, I shared some pictures of what we were wanting our kitchen to eventually look like a few weeks ago. Do these pictures ring a bell???
The pictures showed the use of white cabinets, black counters, green glass tile and oak floors. That's what we wanted but it wasn't the same "style" we were hoping to achieve.
Then, I stumbled across THIS picture. It's a much more accurate representation of what we were hoping to create...A more modern space with touches of vintage charm.
As much as I love the kitchen above ^, the $8,000 estimate to update the kitchen just wasn't sitting well with us. We weren't trying to change the layout, cabinets or anything like that. We just wanted to replace the floor, countertops and tile. After all, this isn't our "forever" home and it didn't make sense to spend that kind of money. There had to be a way to fix up the kitchen without breaking the bank!
Back to the drawing board we went. A few weeks ago, I decided to paint the kitchen an Antique Silver just so we'd have some change from the bright orange walls. It only cost $10--yes, $10--to paint the entire kitchen! Turns out, my buddy at the paint shop mixes up "sample sized" quarts of paint for a little bit of nothing :-)
As it turned out, I actually liked the countertops with the grey walls (the hubs was indifferent) so we're keeping them. Nothing beats a "Free-Dollar" countertop when the replacement counter was going to run $3,000 :-)
And as a huge ego boost to myself, I found a picture where someone had the same countertop as ours! Maybe our counters aren't so gawd-awful anyhow???? I just wish my pictures had such good lighting. If I would stop taking pictures at night, that would make a big difference...
After a trip to Sarah's Fabric in Lawrence, I am the proud owner of 5 yards of fabric for which I will make curtains for the windows. Hopefully the round medallion print will help soften all the hard lines in the kitchen and add a nice pop of color.
While in Lawrence, I also scored an awesome deal on a LONG, black gel pro mat for the kitchen. I've been wanting one forever and I'm not sure who's more excited to use it--me, or my feet?! But I do know it looks great in front of our sink and dishwasher :-)
At some point, we need to order this sconce for over the sink...it's much more proportional than the existing sconce and I love the schoolhouse design!
And a matching ceiling light to go with the sconce--our current fixture is OUTdated for sure!