It’s a good feeling when a DIY project comes together as you visualized and within budget.
I’ve never tackled a complete kitchen make-over before and this one was on an ultra tight budget too.
We have the unique situation with our home, in that it is part of our business, so when we sell the business the home goes with it. This means that our home’s value is unlikely to rise, so we have to be mindful of not over capitalising.
So… this was a careful consideration when we decided how to tackle this make-over.
Our townhouse is 20+ years old and our home is the one thing at the resort that has never been updated.
The kitchen had original 80’s fittings that had seen far better days. The cupboards were a pale green laminate that had chipped and peeled in several places.
Next step was doing something with the wall and floor tiles.
I tried everything to clean the grout in the wall tiles, with little success. The floor tiles had many chips and cracks in them, so were becoming unsightly.
Some professional advice suggested I try the White Knight Tile and Laminate Cleaner.
It was fabulous… and I was able to use the one product for both the tiles and the kitchen cupboards.
With the wall tiles cleaned, I primed them with a tile undercoat, before painting with 2 coats of a White Knight gloss white tile paint. Each coat was applied after a 24 hour drying period.
The result was instantly amazing. Just that one step completely changed the whole look of the kitchen. Even better, 6 months on and not one chip or mark on the painted surface, plus food splatters are easily removed with a damp cloth. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
A lot of thought was given to the floors (like several months) and in the end, we continued the timber flooring from the rest of the house into the kitchen. It was laid directly over the tile floor, with a slight step down into the adjoining breakfast nook.
The ceilings and walls were painted in white low sheen acrylic (latex) paint and the kitchen cabinets and pantry were painted with 3 coats of Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint.
The kitchen is absolutely pocket sized and there’s no direct window, although, there is a large opening above the bench that looks down into our living area. Without a window, the kitchen tends to be dark and dingy. By painting all the surfaces white, it brightened the room and also added the illusion of extra height for the ceiling.
Originally I considered black handles for the cupboards, but as this was a budget make-over we decided to stick with the still functional matt silver handles from the old kitchen.
The cupboard doors are completely flat… which adds very little interest to the kitchen, so I added my own creative touch to the 4 drawers.
For the lettering, I made a stencil with my Silhouette and stenciled the words on in black paint. The lettering could easily have been hand lettered too, or cut from vinyl. I kind of liked the soft muted look of the stenciled technique.
I guess one of the positives of having an all white, fairly plain kitchen is the ability to dress it up with accessories.
Right now I’m loving touches of pastel GreenGate…
But you might remember my red and white décor at Christmas.
Over the past few months my kitchen has changed her look several numerous times, from pastel cottage, to vintage and even farmhouse.
The neutral backdrop is really appealing to the decorator in me!!
You can see stage 2 of the make-over HERE. I think you’ll be surprised with one of the products I used.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne
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